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Four former Bulldogs playing in independent league

Four former Bulldogs playing in independent league

Posted on 13 June 2015 by Allen

Lind

Four former Cumberland baseball players began their professional seasons in independent leagues over the past month, including Sam Lind, Anthony Gomez, Cory Urquhart and Brady North.

Lind and Gomez are both members of the Schaumburg [IL] Boomers in the Frontier League, with Lind batting .290 in eight games with two doubles, four RBIs and three runs scored. Gomez is just 1-3 in four starts covering 20.1 innings of work, allowing 37 hits and 24 runs with 10 strikeouts.

Urquhart is currently playing for the Evansville [IN] Otters, also in the Frontier League, batting .294 with 23 contests with three doubles, 12 RBIs and 11 runs scored along with 11 walks. Evansville is leading the East Division with a 17-6 mark.

North also plays in the Frontier League with the Washington [PA] Wild Things and has one hit in eight games.

These four join a group of five former Cumberland players who are currently playing with Major League Baseball-affiliated clubs: Luis Martinez, Will Locante, Aaron Wilkerson, Chipper Smith and Josciel Veras.

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Alford voted Second Team Capitol One Academic All-America

Alford voted Second Team Capitol One Academic All-America

Posted on 01 June 2015 by Allen

Cumberland

Cumberland senior Tyler Alford was voted Second Team Capitol One Academic All-America ®, as announced Monday by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Alford batted .331 with 11 doubles, two home runs and 24 RBIs during his senior campaign. The Knoxville, Tenn., native also drew 20 walks and was hit seven times while starting 50 games, 45 of those at catcher. He led the Bulldogs with 20 multi-hit outings and added seven multi-RBI games this season as well.

Alford played in 196 career games at CU, posting 25 doubles with eight homers and 67 RBIs along with a .252 batting average. He saw action in at least 43 contests in each of his four seasons at Cumberland.

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2014-15 Capitol One College Division Academic All-American
FIRST TEAM
P – Josh DeGraaf, Taylor Univ.
P – Russell Harmening, Westmont College
C – Connor Lynch, Oklahoma City Univ.
IF – Garrett Heath, Friends Univ.
IF – Efrain Montero, Mt. Vernon Nazarene
IF – Ashly Morris, USC Beaufort
IF – Riley Swanson, Mt. Vernon Nazarene
OF – Tayler Hardy, Univ. of Mobile
OF – Steven Karkenny, The Master’s College
OF – Cody Stewart, William Woods Univ.
DH – Nathan Forseth, Dordt College

SECOND TEAM
P – Stetson Nelson, Embry-Riddle
P – Alex Webb, Univ. of British Columbia
C – Tyler Alford, Cumberland Univ.
IF – Thomas Cunningham, Kansas Wesleyan
IF – Andrew Redman, Clarke Univ.
IF – Jake West, Taylor Univ.
IF – Ryan Wright, Oklahoma City
OF – Chris Anderi. Brock Univ.
OF – Trent Calmer, Concordia [OR] Univ.
OF – Liam Goodall, Embry-Riddle
DH – Zach Dillman, Union College

Academic All-America® of the Year: Josh DeGraaf, Taylor

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Eight Cumberland baseball players earn NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors

Eight Cumberland baseball players earn NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors

Posted on 29 May 2015 by Allen

Justin Byrd Cumberland

Eight Cumberland baseball players were named 2015 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes on Thursday. Student-athletes must be a junior or senior academically and maintain a 3.50 grade-point-average to be eligible for the award.

Seniors Tyler Alford, Justin Byrd, Clint Meadows and Stevie Smith along with juniors (or redshirt sophomores) Drew Chester, Nick Crawford, Dylan Lannom and Jackson Yates were all honored by the national office during the Avista-NAIA World Series.

Cumberland tied for the second most honorees by any one school along with Siena Heights University and American Institute of Business (AIB) registered the most with 13.

A total of 354 student-athletes from 131 institutions were named.

2015 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes
Tyler Alford – 3.72, Health and Human Performance
Justin Byrd – 3.66, Health and Human Performance
Drew Chester – 3.96, Health and Human Performance
Nick Crawford – 3.51, Marketing
Dylan Lannom – 3.78, Business Administration
Clint Meadows – 3.61, Health and Human Performance
Stevie Smith – 3.91, Management
Jackson Yates – 3.50, History/Business

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Alford, Byrd voted First Team All-MSC

Alford, Byrd voted First Team All-MSC

Posted on 05 May 2015 by Allen

Justin Byrd Cumberland

Cumberland seniors Tyler Alford and Justin Byrd were voted First Team All-Mid-South Conference and Ryan Dickison and Stevie Smith both earned Second Team honors, as announced by the league office during the conference tournament last week in Bowling Green, Ky. In addition, Alford was named the Champions of Character Award winner for baseball.

Byrd led the Bulldogs with a .341 batting average and also paced the club with 16 doubles, 26 walks, 18 stolen bases and 60 hits. The Rockwall, Texas, native ranked second with seven home runs, 39 RBIs, 43 runs scored and three triples and posted 14 multi-hit outings, including one of two four-hit games for the Bulldogs this season, March 31 vs. Tennessee Wesleyan.

Byrd also ranked second on the squad with 11 multi-RBI outings and batted .358 with six doubles, five homers, 22 RBIs and 22 runs scored in 24 games versus Mid-South Conference opponents.

Alford enjoyed the best offensive season of his career, batting .331 with 11 doubles, two home runs and 24 RBIs in 50 contests. The Knoxville, Tenn., native led the Bulldogs with 20 multi-hit outings and also had seven multi-RBI games as well. He batted .341 with six doubles and eight RBIs versus Mid-South opponents.

Dickison finished the year with a .306 average along with 13 doubles, team-leading eight homers and 40 RBIs as well as 24 run scored in 51 games. The Garden Grove, Calif., native registered 16 multi-hit and a team-best 13 multi-RBI contests during the year and batted .337 with six doubles, six home runs and 23 RBIs against Mid-South foes.

Smith’s numbers do not tell the whole story about how well he pitched for most of the year. The senior righthander finished the season 5-3 overall with a 2.47 earned-run-average in 91.0 innings, making 13 starts with three complete games. The Murfreesboro, Tenn., native allowed just 61 hits and struck out 84, with opponents batting just 1.96 against him.

Smith worked at least six innings in his last 11 starts and gave up two or fewer earned runs in 10 outings. He allowed 27 total runs in his 13 starts but got no decisions when his team was either tied or ahead when he left the game in four contests.

First Team All-Mid-South Conference
C – Tyler Alford, Cumberland Univ.
C – Drew Kissel, St. Catharine College
1B – Aaron Ashton, Lindsey Wilson
2B – Alfredo Bohorquez, St. Catharine College
SS – Francisco Gonzales, St. Catharine College
3B – Brandon Munoz, Lindsey Wilson
UT – Josh Bailey, Univ. of Pikeville
OF – Jose Alonzo, Univ. of the Cumberlands
OF – Alex Bautista, Lindsey Wilson
OF – Justin Byrd, Cumberland Univ.
OF – Victor Nazario, Lindsey Wilson
DH – Carlos Torres, Campbellsville Univ.
P – Ryan Hartman, Lindsey Wilson
P – Nick Morehead, Campbellsville Univ.
P – Scott Sebald, Lindsey Wilson
P – John Werner, St. Catharine College
RP – Logan Truex, Campbellsville Univ.
EP – Harold Diaz, St. Catharine College
EP – Blake Maines, Shawnee State

Second Team All-Mid-South Conference
C – Cody Chagnon, Univ. of Pikeville
C – Jaime Valle, Campbellsville Univ.
1B – Mason Wisner, Shawnee State
2B – Daryl Blaskovich, Lindsey Wilson
SS – Luis Hernandez, Univ. of the Cumberlands
3B – Lucas Bagnara, Univ. of the Cumberlands
UT – Fabian Chirino, Lindsey Wilson
OF – Ryan Dickison, Cumberland Univ.
OF – Duran Elmore, Georgetown College
OF – Ricky McCulloch, Campbellsville Univ.
OF – Stone Osborne, Univ. of the Cumberlands
DH – Ryan Harper, Lindsey Wilson
P – Steven Borkowski, St. Catharine College
P – Donovan Feenstra, Univ. of the Cumberlands
P – Payton Lobdell, Georgetown College
P – Mario Morales, Campbellsville Univ.
P – Stevie Smith, Cumberland Univ.
RP – Austin Willis-Greene, St. Catharine College
EP – Jake Goodman, Univ. of the Cumberlands
EP – Jacob DiThomas, Univ. of Pikeville

Player of the Year: Alex Bautista, Lindsey Wilson
Pitcher of the Year: John Werner, St. Catharine College
Freshman of the Year: William Roger, Univ. of the Cumberlands
Coach of the Year: Luther Bramblett, St. Catharine College
Champions of Character: Tyler Alford, Cumberland Univ.

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Seventeen CU baseball players named MSC Scholar-Athletes

Seventeen CU baseball players named MSC Scholar-Athletes

Posted on 28 April 2015 by Allen

Cumberland

Seventeen Cumberland baseball players were named Mid-South Conference Scholar-Athletes, as announced Tuesday by the league office in advance of the conference tournament that begins Wednesday in Bowling Green, Ky.

Student-athletes must be a sophomore, junior or senior academically and maintain a 3.25 grade-point-average and above to be eligible for the award. A total of 77 student-athletes from the eight Mid-South Conference institutions were recognized, with Cumberland leading the way.

2015 MID-SOUTH CONFERENCE SCHOLAR-ATHLETES
Tyler Alford – 3.72, Health and Human Performance
Andrew Byrd – 3.53, Business Administration
Dakota Byrd – 3.32, Management
Justin Byrd – 3.66, Health and Human Performance
Richard Carter – 4.00, Business Administration
Drew Chester – 3.96, Health and Human Performance
Zach Cole – 3.25, Mathematics
Nick Crawford – 3.51, Marketing
Logan Grantham – 3.43, Biology
Grant House – 3.35, Biology
Dylan Lannom – 3.78, Business Administration
Clint Meadows – 3.61, Health and Human Performance
Phil Stiles – 3.33, Accounting
Stevie Smith – 3.91, Management
Hector Viera – 3.87, Health and Human Performance
Andrew Woodfin – 3.75, Health and Human Performance
Jackson Yates – 3.50, History/Business

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Cumberland ends regular season with 8-5 win

Cumberland ends regular season with 8-5 win

Posted on 26 April 2015 by Allen

Ryan Dickison

Tyler Alford posted three hits and two RBIs, Justin Byrd hit a three-run homer and Ryan Dickison belted a two-run shot while Jake Collier pitched into the ninth, as Cumberland salvaged the final game of the series, 8-5, over Georgetown College on Senior Day at Ernest L. Stockton Field-Woody Hunt Stadium on Saturday.

The Bulldogs and Tigers will meet again at Noon on Wednesday in the opening round of the Mid-South Conference Championships.

Collier (4-6) allowed four earned runs on 10 hits in 8.2 innings. He walked three, struck out two and hit one batter. He retired 12 of 15 batters from the end of the fifth inning until the top of the ninth.

The senior righthander got the first two outs of the ninth before singles by Duran Elmore and Steven Mancilla and then a walk to Jovan Hernandez loaded the bases. Curtis Hoppe got the save, getting Rick Reyes to fly out to center and end the game.

Cumberland scored six times in the second inning to take control of the contest, including Byrd’s three-run homer and Dickison’s two-run shot. Hector Viera added two hits and two runs scored for the Bulldogs.

Mancilla collected three hits, Elmore had two hits and three runs scored and Hernandez posted two hits and three RBIs.

Georgetown starter Beau Bowen (3-4) suffered the loss, giving up seven runs, two earned, on six hits in 1.2 innings. He walked three and struck out three. Brian Barry tossed 5.1 innings of relief, allowing one run on four hits with three walks.

Each team scored a run in the first, with Elmore hit by the pitch to start the game. He stole second and scored on Hernandez’s single through the left side.

The Bulldogs answered quickly in the bottom of the inning when Viera doubled and Byrd walked. Alford then singled to center, plating Viera and knotting the contest at one.

Cumberland exploded for six runs in the second inning, chasing Bowen from the contest.

Conor Dishman drew a leadoff walk and Ryan Simmons reached on an error by second baseman Ryan Rodriguez. Zach Cole reached on a bunt single, loading the bases, and Viera’s groundout plated a run. Byrd then drilled a three-run homer to right, his seventh of the year.

But the Bulldogs weren’t done, as Alford singled and Dickison homered to left, with Georgetown’s Tanner Unkel falling over the fence trying to keep the ball from clearing the wall. It was the second straight day Dickison homered, his team-leading eighth of the year, giving CU a 7-1 advantage.

The Tigers came right back in the third with a pair of runs after Unkel walked to start the inning and Elmore reached on an error by Simmons at third base. Mancilla singled to right, scoring one run, and Hernandez’s groundout plated another, cutting the Bulldog lead to 7-3.

In the fifth Elmore reached on a bunt single and Mancilla followed with a single before an RBI single down the leftfield line for Hernandez, making it 7-4 for Cumberland.

The Bulldogs manufactured an insurance run in the sixth when Phil Stiles led off with a single up the middle, Viera reached on a ground ball and Byrd walked, loading the bases. Alford’s sacrifice fly to center scored a run, but CU missed a chance to expand the lead even further.

Reyes hit a solo homer for Georgetown to leadoff the eighth, his second of the year, pulling the visitors within three and setting up the ninth-inning drama.

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Bulldogs hold on for 5-4 victory

Bulldogs hold on for 5-4 victory

Posted on 20 April 2015 by Allen

Cumberland

Tyler Alford drove in a pair of runs with a home run, Cameron Lenz tossed 7.2 effective innings and Curtis Hoppe got the final two outs with the tying run on third base, as Cumberland held on for a 5-4 victory over Bethel University on Monday in a game delayed by rain at Ernest L. Stockton Field-Woody Hunt Stadium.

The teams were originally supposed to start at 2 p.m. but that game time was pushed back an hour Monday morning. Rain right around game time further delayed the contest until just after 4 p.m.

Alford’s two-run homer in the third inning put the Bulldogs (17-27) ahead for good and Zach Cole collected three hits with one RBI and a run scored in the victory.

Lenz (4-2) won his fourth straight outing, allowed two earned runs on four hits. He walked three and struck out three. He has allowed just three earned runs and 18 hits in his last 29.2 innings of work.

The Wildcats (15-23) scored twice in the eighth on a two-run single from Chase Howell and put runners on first and third with one out in the ninth thanks to an error and a single by Kendall Adkisson, but Michael Brasili and Ismael Sanchez both lined out to end the game.

Cumberland collected 15 hits in the contest but stranded 11 runners on base, including the bases loaded in the fifth and two in the second and seventh innings. Hector Viera, Jake Collier, Ryan Simmons and Jonathan Larson each posted two hits for CU.

Clayton Parker (0-1) suffered the loss for Bethel, giving up five runs on 12 hits in five innings.

The Wildcats took an early lead with a run in the first when Wes Warren drew a leadoff walk and went to second on Adkisson’s sacrifice bunt. Sanchez’s two-out single to center put the visitors ahead.

The Bulldogs responded with a run in the second, starting with a two-out single by Simmons. Larson followed with a double down the leftfield line before an RBI single to left from Cole tied the game at one.

Cumberland posted three runs in the third inning, with Eddie McDaniels leading off the frame with a double down the rightfield line. Two batters later Alford belted his second home run of the year to left.

Ryan Dickison followed with a double down the leftfield line and Collier reached on an error before a fielder’s choice by Simmons plated a run for a 4-1 CU advantage.

Colton Kail doubled to leftfield with one out in the Bethel fourth, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a groundout by Howell.

The Bulldogs came right back with a run in the bottom of the inning, with Cole and Viera both singling to leadoff. McDaniels’ groundout put runners on the corners Justin Byrd’s line drive to left scored Cole for a 5-2 lead.

In the eighth Adkisson walked with one out and Brasili reached on an error before Sanchez’s single loaded the bases. Howell’s two-out single to left scored a pair of runs and ended the day for Lenz. Nick Ford allowed a single but got a popout by pinch-hitter Jon Pyles to end the inning.

In the ninth Zane Mathis reached on the last of CU’s four errors in the game to start the inning and went to second on Warren’s sac bunt. Adkisson followed with a single, putting runners on the corners, but Hoppe came on to get the final two outs, both lineouts, and preserve the victory.

Cumberland ends the regular season this weekend at home against Georgetown College, with the series scheduled for Friday and Saturday.

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Walk-off single gives Tigers doubleheader sweep

Walk-off single gives Tigers doubleheader sweep

Posted on 18 April 2015 by Allen

Cumberland

Nick Morehead struck out 11 in eight shutout innings in the first game and Alex Kline’s RBI single in the bottom of the eighth drove in the game-winner in the second contest, as 15th-ranked Campbellsville University swept a doubleheader from Cumberland, 7-0 and 7-6, in baseball action Saturday at HIG Field in Campbellsville, Ky.

The Bulldogs (16-27, 8-9 Mid-South) committed four errors in the opener that led to four unearned runs for the homestanding Tigers (25-7, 13-4) and gave away two more runs in the second contest with an errant doubleplay throw to first that allowed two runs to come across.

Cumberland out-hit the Tigers in both contests – 7-6 in the opener and 11-9 in the second game – but the errors were the difference in the 7-0 loss and CU stranded eight baserunners in the final game.

Eddie McDaniels collected two hits in the opener and he and Tyler Alford were the only players in the starting lineup not to strikeout against Morehead (8-0), who walked one and gave up six hits in eight strong innings.

The lefthander retired nine of the first 10 batters of the game and got a line drive doubleplay to end the fourth and a popout by McDaniels to finish the seventh, the only innings he allowed multiple baserunners.

Clint Meadows (2-1) suffered the loss for CU, giving up three earned runs on six hits in six innings. He walked three and struck out three.

Alford and Ryan Dickison each posted two hits, Jake Collier and Dickison drove in two runs apiece and Justin Byrd scored twice in the second game, which the Bulldogs tied in the top of the seventh thanks to an RBI from Collier, who also pitched in the contest.

The game included three lead changes and two ties, with Campbellsville answering each time that Cumberland pulled ahead.

Logan Truex (2-0), who picked up the win in Friday night’s Tiger victory, tossed the final two innings for the win again, allowing one unearned runs on two hits with three strikeouts.

Collier (3-6) suffered the loss, giving up seven runs on nine hits with three walks and four strikeouts.

The Bulldogs looked to take the lead in the opener in the fourth inning after consecutive singles from Hector Viera and Byrd to start the inning. Both runners stole, going to second and third, but Collier lined into an inning-ending doubleplay.

The Tigers got on the board in the bottom of the inning when Carlos Torres led off with a single to center and moved to second on Jaime Valle’s sacrifice bunt. Ricky McCulloch was hit, but Meadows struck out Kline before giving up an RBI single to Garrett Everhart for a 1-0 lead for the home team.

Campbellsville added to the advantage in the fifth with a leadoff walk to Alex Scanlan and a single by Casey Scott. Miguel Solano’s sac bunt pushed the runners to second and third and Torres was intentionally walked, loading the bases, before a throwing error by Meadows allowed one run to score and another came across on a wild pitch.

In the sixth Kline walked and Everhart doubled to start the frame. One run scored on a ground ball by Richard Ramirez and Scott’s squeeze bunt plated another for a 5-0 Tigers lead.

Torres was hit to begin the seventh inning and scored on a two-out error by the Bulldogs, similar to Friday night’s loss. In the eighth Scanlan walked and went to second on a wild pitch before scoring on yet another CU error, the fourth of the game for the visitors, extending the advantage to 7-0.

Cumberland scored twice in the first inning of the second game on three hits.

Viera led off with a single up the middle and went to second on a wild pitch. Byrd’s groundout pushed the runner to third and Alford followed with a walk. Collier helped his own cause with a single to center and Dickison also singled to center, plating pinch-runner Zach Cole.

Campbellsville responded with three runs in the third, with everything starting with two outs.

Scanlan doubled down the leftfield line after a pair of groundouts and Scott walked before an RBI double to leftcenter from Solano. Torres was intentionally walked, loading the bases, and Valle also doubled down the leftfield line, plating two runs for a 3-2 Tigers advantage.

In the fourth Phil Stiles doubled to rightcenter with one out, ending the day for Campbellsville starter Jake Pannunzio, who allowed three runs on five hits with four strikeouts in 3.1 innings. Ryan Simmons followed with an RBI single to center, tying the contest at three.

The Tigers responded in the bottom of the inning when McCulloch was hit to leadoff and Kline doubled to center, making it 4-3 for the home team.

Cumberland came right back in the fifth, with a solo homer from Byrd, his sixth of the season, knotting the score at four. Alford then doubled to leftcenter and Dickison’s two-out single to left plated Cole again for a 5-4 CU edge.

That lead didn’t last long, with Solano singling to right with one out in the bottom of the frame. Torres singled to right and the runners moved to second and third on a wild pitch before an intentional walk to Valle loaded the bases.

McColloch bounced into what looked to be an inning-ending 6-4-3 doubleplay, but the relay throw from Stiles was low and got away, allowing two runs to score, giving Campbellsville the lead again, 6-5.

The Bulldogs tied the game again in the seventh against Truex, with Viera reaching on an error by Solano at second base to start the inning. With two outs Alford singled to the right side and Byrd reached third on the play. Collier’s ground ball plated the run, knotting the game again, this time at seven.

In the eighth Valle led off with a double to left and with one out Kline singled up the middle, scoring pinch-runner Gentry Kinsella with the game-winner and giving Campbellsville the three-game sweep.

Cumberland hosts Bethel University on Monday at 2 p.m. and finishes the regular season at home next weekend against Georgetown College.

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Meadows complete game leads 4-2 victory

Meadows complete game leads 4-2 victory

Posted on 12 April 2015 by Allen

Cumberland

Clint Meadows scattered 11 hits in a complete-game victory and Justin Byrd posted two hits with two RBIs and two runs scored in Cumberland’s 4-2 victory over Lindsey Wilson in baseball action Sunday at Ernest L. Stockton Field-Woody Hunt Stadium.

The Bulldogs (15-23, 8-6 Mid-South) clinched the series by winning the rubber game with the Blue Raiders (25-16, 9-5).

Meadows (2-0) stranded eight LWC runners in the contest, giving up two runs with one walk and seven strikeouts. He worked around baserunners in every inning and took advantage of two baserunning mistakes, with Ryan Harper tagged out trying to take third on a ground ball to short in the second inning and Aaron Ashton was doubled off on a line drive to right in the fourth.

Byrd reached on an error and scored on Ryan Dickison’s single in the first inning and hit a long solo homer in the third. He also doubled in the fifth and plated the final run of the game with a sacrifice fly in the seventh.

Dickison and Tyler Alford each collected two hits as well for the Bulldogs.

Four Lindsey Wilson players – Brandon Munoz, Alex Bautista, Ashton and Harper – all posted two hits, while Bautista scored twice and both of Harper’s hits were doubles.

Scott Sebald (6-3) suffered the loss, giving up four runs, two earned, on seven hits in 6.2 innings. He walked two and struck out seven.

The Bulldogs got a run in the first thanks to a two-out error by Sebald, who fumbled a slow roller by Byrd and then threw it away down the rightfield line, allowing Byrd to reach second. Dickison followed with an RBI single to right for an early lead for CU.

Byrd’s mammoth blast to rightfield with two outs in the third extended the advantage to 2-0 for Cumberland.

The Blue Raiders cut the deficit in half in the fourth when Bautista led off with a single to center, took second on a wild pitch and scored on Ashton’s single to center.

Lindsey Wilson tied the contest in the sixth with doubles from Bautista and Fabian Chirino.

Cumberland retook the lead in the seventh, taking advantage of another throwing error by a Blue Raider third baseman.

Ryan Simmons walked with one out and Phil Stiles doubled down the leftfield line before Hector Viera hit a jam shot down the third base line to Harper. Pinch-runner Taylor Dorsey made a heads-up read, scampering back to the bag. Harper tried to set his feet and make the throw to first, but it was wide of the bag, allowing Dorsey to score.

Byrd followed with a deep fly ball to right, just missing another homer, but it was good enough to plate Stiles for a 4-2 Bulldog advantage.

Harper led off the ninth with a double just inside the third base bag, but Kory Weeks grounded to third, pinch-hitter Russ Morse struck out and Edgar Lebron grounded back to the mound to end the game, with Meadows making a terrific backhand stab of the chopper and the throw to first to finish off the win.

Cumberland is scheduled to play at Freed-Hardeman on Monday at 5 p.m. and returns home Tuesday for a 2 p.m. contest versus Martin Methodist.

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Smith, Plunkett lead 3-1 CU victory

Smith, Plunkett lead 3-1 CU victory

Posted on 12 April 2015 by Allen

Cumberland

Stevie Smith tossed a complete game and Jarrett Plunkett put Cumberland ahead for good with a solo home run in the eighth inning in a 3-1 victory over Lindsey Wilson in baseball action Saturday at Ernest L. Stockton Field-Woody Hunt Stadium.

The Bulldogs (14-23, 7-6 Mid-South) dropped the second game of the doubleheader, 6-4, with the Blue Raiders (25-15, 9-4) scoring five times in the second game to take control of the seven-inning contest.

Smith (4-3) allowed one run on four hits with one walk and one hit batter. He retired 13 of the first 15 batters of the game and picked off one of those that reached that he walked. Lindsey Wilson managed just seven baserunners in the contest and had multiple runners only one.

Justin Byrd’s RBI single plated Hector Viera in the bottom of the sixth after the Blue Raiders took the lead in the top half of the inning on an RBI double from Steven Paredes.

Plunkett hit a solo homer with two outs in the seventh, his second of the season. Phil Stiles followed with a single and came all the way around to score when an errant throw from Paredes got away down the rightfield line on a grounder by Viera, allowing the Bulldogs to score an insurance run.

Ryan Hartman (7-2) suffered the loss for LWC, giving up one earned run on five hits in seven innings. He walked two and struck out six.

In the second game five straight singles plus a hit batter and then another single allowed the Blue Raiders to plate five runs against CU starter Jake Collier. Brandon Munoz and Kory Weeks each collected two hits and two RBIs and Ryan Harper added two hits as well for Lindsey Wilson.

Carlos Pena (2-2) worked five innings to get the win, giving up four runs on five hits with three walks and two strikeouts. Chris Erker got the final six outs for his second save, giving up two hits and a walk.

Collier (3-5) went the distance for Cumberland, allowing six runs on 10 hits with three walks and five strikeouts.

In the opener Daryl Blaskovich singled to leadoff the LWC sixth inning and went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Dustin Woody. Paredes followed with a double to rightcenter, giving the visitors a 1-0 edge.

The Bulldogs answered in the bottom of the inning, with Viera reaching on an error by second baseman Blaskovich and reaching second on the play. Byrd then singled through the right side, knotting the game at one.

Plunkett’s home run preceded the Stiles single and throwing error by Paredes that allowed the final run of the game to score.

In the second game the Blue Raiders scored five runs on six hits in the second inning, starting with singles from Aaron Ashton and Fabian Chirino before a bunt single by Ryan Harper loaded the bases.

RBI singles from Weeks and Woody followed before Edgar Lebron was hit, forcing in a run. Munoz then singled down the rightfield line, plating two runs for a 5-0 advantage.

The Blue Raiders added another run in the fifth when Ashton walked with one out and Harper drew a free pass with two outs. Weeks’ single to center scoring Ashton for a 6-0 lead.

Cumberland posted four runs in the bottom of the inning against Pena and got the tying run to the plate before bouncing into a doubleplay.

Plunklett reached to start the inning after a bad throw to first on a grounder by Pena, who then hit Stiles. Viera singled to right and Plunkett came across on a throwing error by rightfielder Alex Bautista. Byrd followed with a three-run homer to right, his fourth of the year, cutting the deficit to 6-4.

Ryan Dickison then singled, but Tyler Alford bounced into a 4-6-3 doubleplay to end the threat.

Byrd reached on a bunt single with one out in the seventh and Alford singled to left with two outs, but Byrd was thrown out trying to take third on the play to end the game.

Cumberland and Lindsey Wilson finish the series Sunday at 1 p.m.

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Five former Cumberland baseball players set to begin minor league seasons

Five former Cumberland baseball players set to begin minor league seasons

Posted on 08 April 2015 by Allen

Cumberland

With opening day for Minor League Baseball set for Thursday, five former Cumberland players will begin their seasons with Major League affiliated organizations, including Luis Martinez, Will Locante, Aaron Wilkerson, Chipper Smith and Josciel Veras.

Martinez and Wilkerson are both members of the Boston Red Sox organization, with Martinez beginning his ninth professional season with the Double-A Portland [ME] Sea Dogs in the Eastern League. He spent last year in Salt Lake City and Sacramento in Triple-A with the Los Angeles Angels and Oakland A’s clubs. Martinez is the only former Cumberland player to ever reach the big leagues, seeing action with the San Diego Padres and Texas Rangers in 2011 and 2012.

Wilkerson is starting his second year with the Red Sox with the Advanced Single-A Greenville [SC] Drive in the South Atlantic League. He was signed last July from the independent Grand Prairie [TX] AirHogs and posted a 5-1 record and 1.62 earned-run-average with the Single-A Lowell [MA] Spinners, limiting opponents to a .183 batting average. He struck out 54 in 50 innings pitched, walking just 11.

Locante wowed in Major League camp this spring with the Arizona Diamondbacks with his upper 90’s fastball. The lefthander earned a Postseason All-Star nod in the Midwest League for the South Bend [IN] Silver Hawks in 2014. During the regular season he worked 53.0 innings, registering a 3-0 mark with a 1.53 ERA in 43 outings. The Memphis, Tenn., native had 57 strikeouts with 23 walks and allowed just 31 hits with a .168 opponent batting average. He will begin this season in Double-A with the Mobile [AL] BayBears in the Southern League.

Smith is returning to Double-A with the Jacksonville [FL] Suns, also in the Southern League. The lefthander posted a 3-4 record in 14 starts in Jacksonville last season, tossing 65.1 innings with 57 strikeouts and a .217 opponent batting average. The Suns are part of the Miami Marlins organization.

Veras started last season in the Arizona Rookie League in the Cincinnati Reds organization and moved up to the Billings [MT] Reds in the short-season Single-A Northwest League. He batted .272 overall in 28 games between the two stops with two doubles, three homers, 12 RBIs and 12 runs scored in 28 games. He is scheduled to begin the year in Billings again.

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Big days from Plunkett, Byrd lead CU sweep

Big days from Plunkett, Byrd lead CU sweep

Posted on 01 April 2015 by Allen

Cumberland

Jarrett Plunkett posted five hits with five runs scored, Justin Byrd hit a pair of homers and drove in five runs and Ryan Simmons added three hits and four RBIs in Cumberland’s 10-6 and 11-5 victories over Lindenwood-Belleville on Wednesday at Ernest L. Stockton Field-Woody Hunt Stadium.

The Bulldogs (10-21) collected a season-high 16 hits in the opening contest and registered 14 more in the second game. Plunkett was a perfect 3-for-3 with a walk, three runs scored and one RBI in the first outing and added two more hits with a solo homer in the second game.

Byrd belted a three-run homer in the first inning of the opener and added a two-run shot in the sixth. He finished the day with four hits and four runs scored.

Ryan Dickison also drove in four runs in the twinbill, including a three-run home run in the fifth inning of the first game.

Cameron Lenz (1-2) picked up the victory for the Bulldogs with six innings of work in the opener, allowing three runs, one earned, on six hits. He walked two and struck out four. LU-Belleville starter Cody Calhoun (1-6) suffered the loss, giving up four runs on seven hits in four innings.

Drew Chester (1-0) tossed four innings to get the win in the second game, giving up four runs on five hits. LU-Belleville’s Michael Sabotino took the loss, allowing four runs on seven hits in three innings.

The Bulldogs started quickly in the opener, with Phil Stiles reaching on an infield single to short and Plunkett following with a double down the leftfield line. Byrd drilled a 2-1 pitch over the wall in rightfield, a line drive shot for his second home run of the season and a 3-0 CU lead after one inning.

Lenz worked around an error and a single by Drew Fair in the third inning, with Pete Colclasure fouling out and Sean Keeney taking a called third strike to end the threat.

Stiles chopped a double down the leftfield line to leadoff the bottom of the third and scored on Plunkett’s chopper over the third baseman’s head for a 4-0 advantage.

The Lynx (12-18) got a run back in the fourth when Christian Cavaness reached on an error and stole second. He went to third on Dylan Skinner’s groundout and scored on a single to rightcenter by Matt Lawver.

Fair drew a leadoff walk in the fifth before singles from Hayden Stevens and Coleclasure loaded the bases. Keeney grounded into a doubleplay, but pinch-runner Zach Fortner scored on the play, cutting the CU lead to 4-2.

Cumberland broke the game open in the bottom of the inning with four runs on four hits, beginning with a walk by Plunkett. Byrd singled to right, putting runners on the corners, and Byrd stole second.

Tyler Alford then singled to left, plating one run, before Dickison’s three-run homer to left, his fourth of the season, extending the Bulldog advantage to 8-2.

In the sixth Cavaness walked to leadoff, stole second and went to third when the throw bounced into centerfield. He scored just ahead of the throw from Dakota Byrd on a flyout from Lawver. Trey Meier was hit and Jaren Linton singled, but Fair fouled out to end the inning without any more runs coming across.

The Bulldogs came back with two runs in the bottom of the frame, again started by Plunkett with a bunt single. Byrd belted his second homer of the game, this one to rightcenter, for the final CU runs of the contest.

LU-Belleville posted three runs in the seventh against CU reliever Jackson Yates, who walked Colclasure with one out before a single by Keeney. Skinner’s line drive just cleared the wall in leftfield with two outs, cutting the deficit to 10-6, but Lawver grounded out to end the contest.

Cumberland started the second game with another big inning, scoring five times in the first.

A single from Plunkett was sandwiched by walks to Stiles and Byrd, loading the bases. Dickison then singled to left, plating one run, and with one out Simmons drove a ball to deep center.

Lindenwood-Belleville’s Cavaness started in but then scrambled back, unable to catch up to the ball near the warning track. Simmons pulled in with a triple, clearing the bases, and a single to center by Jonathan Larson scored the final run of the inning for the Bulldogs.

Plunkett’s drive to leftcenter in the second on the 14th pitch of the at-bat gave CU a 6-0 lead.

Brock Johns answered with a solo shot with one out in the third for the Lynx and Stevens hit a towering homer with two outs in the frame, making it a 6-2 advantage for the Bulldogs.

Simmons and Larson both singled in the third and scored on Conor Dishman’s double to rightcenter. With two outs Stiles chopped a ball to third. Lawver booted the grounder, allowing Dishman to score for a 9-2 lead.

Lawver doubled to rightcenter to start the fourth but was called out on appeal for missing first base. Fortner was hit with one out before Dylan Arvai ripped a line drive over the rightfield wall for a two-run homer.

Dickison started the bottom of the inning with a single and Kyle Allen tomahawked a double down the leftfield line. Simmons then blooped a double into short rightcenter, plating a run, but the Bulldogs stranded the bases loaded, getting just one run in the frame for a 10-4 advantage.

Cavaness walked with two outs in the fifth, went to second on a wild pitch and scored on Skinner’s single to center, cutting the deficit to 10-5.

Allen led off the sixth with a double to leftcenter and pinch-hitter Richard Carter singled to right, putting runners on the corners. Zach Cole’s groundout scored pinch-runner Taylor Dorsey with the final run of the contest.

Cumberland will play at the University of Pikeville on Thursday in a doubleheader starting at 11 a.m.

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Shelton inks with CU basketball

Shelton inks with CU basketball

Posted on 31 March 2015 by Allen

Cumberland

Cumberland University men’s basketball coach Lonnie Thompson announced the signing of Savannah, Tenn., native Will Shelton to scholarship papers this week for the 2015-16 season.

The Hardin County High School product was a four-year letterwinner for coach Rory Carpenter. He scored over 1,800 career points for the Tigers and posted 25 points and 10 rebounds as a senior at HCHS.

Shelton was a four-time All-District and All-Region selection at Hardin County and also lettered three years in football at HCHS. He was also Class President for two years.

He is the son of Willie Shelton and Lakeisha Hopson.

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Four-run eighth helps CU salvage final game of series

Four-run eighth helps CU salvage final game of series

Posted on 22 March 2015 by Allen

Cumberland

Ryan Dickison’s two-run homer in the seventh tied the game and Cumberland plated four more runs in the eighth, two on wild pitches, to salvage the final contest in a three-game series with St. Catharine College, 7-3, on Sunday at Ernest L. Stockton Field-Woody Hunt Stadium.

The Bulldogs (7-17, 3-3 Mid-South) managed only two hits through six innings against SCC starter Daniel Lerma before a leadoff single by Hector Viera preceded Dickison’s third homer of the season and second in two games, knotting the score at three.

Singles by Ryan Simmons and Justin Byrd along with a hit by pitch of Phil Stiles loaded the bases for CU in the eighth. Viera’s sacrifice fly plated one run and two others came across on wild pitches, both from James Davenport, before an RBI single up the middle by Tyler Alford gave Cumberland a 7-3 lead.

Byrd hit a solo homer to start the first inning for CU and also doubled in the third. Lerma retired the other 18 batters through the first six innings before running into trouble in the seventh. Jonathan Larson also singled against the righthander later in the seventh for the Bulldogs.

Clint Meadows made his first appearance since March 14, tossing seven strong innings. The righthander allowed three unearned runs on seven hits with no walks and five strikeouts. The senior missed five weeks with an oblique strain and worked around 10 baserunners in the contest as well as a pair of errors by the CU defense.

Stephen Fischer (2-5) worked the final two innings for the victory, giving up two singles but nothing else.

Derek Jones (0-1), the second of three SCC hurlers, took the loss, allowing three runs on two hits without getting an out.

Byrd finished 3-for-4 with two runs and one RBI for Cumberland. Francisco Gonzalez and Josh Wenning each posted two hits for the Patriots (15-7, 5-1).

St. Catharine scored a pair of unearned runs in the second after one-out singles from Santiago Arce and Gonzalez. Tyler Devine’s grounder to third turned into a two-base error and both runners came across on the play for a 2-1 SCC edge.

The Patriots added another unearned run in the sixth when Harold Diaz led off with a double and Arce reached on an error by Byrd in centerfield. Gonzalez followed with a sac fly, making it 3-1 for the visitors.

Cumberland plays at Bryan College on Monday at 4 p.m. Central Time.

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