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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

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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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Bears spoil Senior Day; CU falls twice, 7-1

Bears spoil Senior Day; CU falls twice, 7-1

Posted on 17 April 2015 by Allen

Cumberland

Eady Beth Connally posted six hits, four RBIs and three runs scored and Logan Barnes and Sydney Morris combined to allow two runs with 10 strikeouts in a pair of 7-1 University of Pikeville victories over Cumberland in softball action Friday at the CU Softball Field.

The Bears (18-16, 10-12 Mid-South) won three of the four games in the series to pull ahead of the Bulldogs (12-24, 8-14) by two games for fourth place in the Mid-South Conference standings.

Brandi Jo Howard and Sydney Beckelhymer each collected two-run doubles and Barnes pitched in-and-out of trouble in every inning in the first game. Cumberland stranded 10 runners in the loss, eight in scoring position, going 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position.

Howard’s double past a diving Vienna Benavides at second base into the gap in rightcenter pushed Pikeville’s lead to 3-0 in the fourth inning. The Bears broke open the game with four more runs in the sixth inning thanks to a pair of CU errors. Beckelhymer’s two-RBI double to rightcenter ended the inning when she was thrown out at third.

Barnes (5-5) tossed six shutout innings before running into trouble in the seventh. She allowed one run on nine hits in 6.1 innings with two walks and two strikeouts. Morris got the final two outs, including a strikeout of Tessa Tomaselli to end the contest.

CU’s Leah Newsome (6-12) took the loss, giving up seven runs, two earned, on nine hits. Kassydi Montgomery, Madison Gonzalez and Giselle Delgado each registered two hits for the Bulldogs and Delgado’s double in the seventh plated the only run.

Morris (8-6) dominated the second game for the second straight day, striking out eight and giving up one run on six hits with two walks. Connally was 4-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored in the victory.

Kristen Abell (6-11) suffered the loss, allowing six runs on nine hits in three-plus innings. Vienna Benavides posted two hits for Cumberland and Montgomery’s 16th home run of the season provided the only offense for the home team.

The Bears got on the board first in the opening game after a leadoff single to center by Howard. She went to second on Kayla Brown’s sacrifice bunt. With two outs Breana Pineda squared to bunt and Howard took off for third. The throw from catch Sydney Broderick sailed into leftfield and Howard scored on the play for a 1-0 UPike edge after a half inning.

In the fifth Connally led off with a single down the rightfield line and Whitney Back was walked. After a fielder’s choice, Beckelhymer’s bunt pushed the runners to second and third. Newsome thought she struck out Howard on a 1-2 pitch, but time had been called by the base umpire, negating the pitch. Howard doubled on a 2-2 pitch, extending the Pikeville lead to 3-0.

Hayley Ill reached on an error by Benavides to start the sixth and Benavides made a bad throw to second on a ground ball by Hollie Hinkle two batters later, putting runners on the corners. Connally singled down the rightfield line, scoring one run, and a groundout moved the runners to second and third with two outs.

Logan Cline singled up the middle, plating one run, before Beckelhymer’s double into rightcenter between Gonzalez and Katelyn Nowakowski scored two more for a 7-0 UPike advantage.

Pinch-hitter Maryah Cohen walked for the Bulldogs in the seventh and Katelynn Stoll scored on Delgado’s double to rightcenter.

The Bears scored first again in the second contest, this time in the second inning when Connally singled to center with one out and took second on a wild pitch. Walks to Haley Jo Patton and Beckelhymer loaded the bases before Howard’s single through the right side plated a run for a 1-0 edge.

Breana Pineda and Hinkle both singled with one out in the third before Connally’s RBI single to right. Hinkle took third on the single and came across on Back’s groundout to second. Patton then doubled to center, plating Connally for a 4-0 advantage.

Pikeville added three more runs in the fourth, with Howard reaching on a slow roller down the first base line to leadoff. Tomaselli tried to field the ball and tag the runner at the same time, but the ball flew out of her glove and rolled into the dugout.

Kayla Brown then grounded to third, but Montgomery’s throw to first was late. Howard took third on the play and when no one was looking, Brown took off for second and got there without a throw. Ill walked, loading the bases, and after a fielder’s choice forced a runner at the plate, Brown stole home on the throw back to the pitcher.

Connally’s two-run double to rightcenter two batters later scored the final runs of the game for the Bears.

Montgomery’s towering drive to dead centerfield with one out in the third was the only offense for the Bulldogs, who got just three runners to second base in the second contest.

Cumberland plays at Martin Methodist on Monday at 4 p.m. before ending the regular season with four games at St. Catharine College next weekend.

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Bulldogs split with Pikeville

Bulldogs split with Pikeville

Posted on 16 April 2015 by Allen

Cumberland

Tessa Tomaselli and Kassydi Montgomery each posted three hits and two RBIs and the duo combined for five runs scored in Cumberland’s 10-6 victory over the University of Pikeville on Thursday at Lebanon High School.

The Bears (16-16, 8-12 Mid-South) won the second game behind a strong outing from Sydney Morris, who allowed three runs, one earned, on eight hits while striking out a season-high 13 in a 7-3 UPike victory.

Montgomery doubled and hit a two-run homer while scoring three times in the first contest and Tomaselli also doubled, singled twice and scored two runs in the 10-6 win. The Bulldogs (12-22, 8-12) scored five times in the first inning and led 7-2 after Montgomery’s two-run shot in the fourth, her 15th of the year, but the Bears cut the lead to 7-6 with four runs in the fifth.

Kaleigh Pearce’s pinch-hit two-run single to center put CU ahead by three again in the fifth and Montgomery came across in the sixth on a Tomaselli groundout for the final run of the contest.

Leah Newsome (6-11) picked up the win in the first game for CU, allowing four earned runs on eight hits in 4.2 innings. She walked two and struck out three. Crystal Bryant tossed 2.1 hitless frames for her second save, walking three with two strikeouts.

Hawley Ill (5-5) suffered the loss for the Bears, giving up nine runs on 11 hits in 4.2 innings.

Morris (7-6) was the story of the second contest, with the Bulldogs striking out more than 10 times for just the second game this season. She walked one and held CU to just 2-of-9 with runners in scoring position.

Kayla Brown collected two hits and two RBIs in the win for Pikeville and Brandi Jo Howard, Ill and Hollie Hinkle all added two hits for the Bears.

Kristen Abell (6-10) took the loss for CU, giving up seven runs, two earned, on 10 hits with one walk and four strikeouts.

Cumberland started quickly with five runs in the first inning of the opener on five hits.

Montgomery doubled to the leftfield wall to start the inning and Vienna Benavides beat out a bunt. Montgomery scored on the play when the throw from third baseman Breana Pineda got away down the rightfield line.

Jessica Roper followed with an RBI double down the leftfield line, just off the glove of a diving Brown, and Tomaselli drove home Roper with a single to center. Madison Gonzalez then drilled a 1-0 pitch from Ill over the wall in leftcenter, her third homer of the season, for a 5-0 CU advantage after one inning.

Pineda got the Bears on the board with a line drive home run to leftcenter to leadoff the second and Pikeville took advantage of a pair of walks to score again in the third.

Brown and Howard both drew free passes with two outs in the third before Ill dumped a single just onto the outfield grass down the first base line, plating one run. Pineda lined out to end the inning, but the Bears cut the CU lead to 5-2.

Pikeville threatened again in the fourth with a leadoff double by Hinkle and a one-out single to short right from Whitney Back, but Benavides caught Logan Cline’s pop-up near the second base bag and doubled off Hinkle to end the threat.

Cumberland finally pushed across more runs in the bottom of the inning with a one-out single to left by Giselle Delgado before Montgomery drilled her 15th home run of the season, a two-run shot to leftcenter, pushing the lead to 7-2.

The Bears scored four times on four hits and the aid of one CU error in the fifth, chasing Newsome from the contest.

Pinch-hitter Sydney Beckelhymer reached on a bloop single down the third base line and with two outs, Ill doubled to rightcenter, scoring a run. Pineda followed with a run-scoring single to center and took second on the throw to the plate.

Hinkle grounded sharply to short, but the runner did a good job of interfering with Delgado’s line of sight without running into the fielder, causing an error. Eady Beth Connally singled to left, scoring Pineda and forcing a pitching change for the Bulldogs.

Bryant walked Back, loading the bases, and Hinkle came across on a passed ball, cutting the Cumberland lead to 7-6.

The Bulldogs answered in the bottom of the inning thanks to a big hit from an injured senior.

Tomaselli started the inning with a single to center and Sydney Broderick singled to leftcenter with one out. With two outs Pearce, who has been out with an injured knee since March 18, singled off the centerfield wall, scoring Tomaselli and pinch-runner Kaycee Harris for a 9-6 CU advantage.

Montgomery led off the seventh with a single and Benavides reached on an error and a wild pitch allowed the runners to move to second and third. Tomaselli’s ground ball to short plated Montgomery for a 10-6 lead.

Pikeville scored first in the second game with four runs on five hits in the second inning.

Hinkle dumped a single into short leftcenter to start the frame and Connally reached on an error by Abell. With one out Cline singled to center, scoring a run and putting runners on the corners. Beckelhymer’s infield single to the leftside plated another. Both runners stole with two outs before a two-run double down the leftfield line from Brown gave the Bears a 4-0 lead.

The Bulldogs got on the board in the third on three hits and one costly throwing error by UPike.

Katelynn Stoll led off with a single up the middle and Benavides reached on an infield single to the left side with one out. Roper singled into rightcenter, scoring one run, and tried to take second on the throw to the plate. First baseman Hinkle cut off the throw and had Roper nailed at second, but her throw sailed into centerfield, allowing Benavides to score on the play and cut the deficit to 4-2.

The Bears struck back in the fourth thanks to a pair of CU errors.

Brown reached on an error by Montgomery with two outs and Ill followed with a single to left. The ball got by Katelyn Nowakowski and Brown scored from first on the play. Pineda walked and UPike pulled off the double steal, with Ill scoring ahead of the throw for a 6-2 advantage.

In the sixth Howard reached on a swinging bunt down the third base line and Brown singled to short right. Both runners stole and Ill’s sacrifice fly to rightcenter plated Howard for a 7-2 Bears lead.

Cumberland got a run back in the bottom of the inning thanks to an error by the Bears.

Roper singled to left with one out and pinch-runner Brianna Gregory stole second and went to third when the throw sailed into center. Broderick grounded to short with two outs, but the ball bounced away from Back, allowing Gregory to score and cut the deficit to 7-3.

In the seventh Stoll walked and Montgomery singled with one out, but Benavides grounded out and Morris struck out Tomaselli to end the contest.

The same two teams are scheduled to play again Friday in a doubleheader at 1 p.m., with Senior Day activities taking place after the game.

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Lubbehusen signs with CU volleyball

Posted on 15 April 2015 by Allen

Cumberland University volleyball coach Kathy Slaughter announced the signing of Huntingburg, Ind., native Madeline Lubbehusen to scholarship papers this week for the 2015 season.

The Southridge High School product was voted First Team All-PAC as a junior and senior and chosen to play in the East-West All-Star Game. She holds single-game, single-season and career marks for digs at SHS, collecting 56 in one match, 568 in a season and 1,345 for her career for the Raiders.

Lubbehusen was named Most Improved as a sophomore and recorded the most aces on the team, garnered the most digs and Team MVP honors as a junior and was voted Player of the Year and named to the Under Armour Watch List as a senior at SHS.

Lubbehusen has been a member of the AVA Rox-Audubon Valley Association club team from Owensboro, Ky., for the last four years, with her team playing in the AAU nationals in Orlando, Fla., each of the last three years and placing ninth in 2012. She is also a member of USA Volleyball and the Pioneer Region for club volleyball and is the daughter of David and Barbara Lubbehusen.

She joins Sara Glassman (Jackson, Tenn.), Moriah Smith (Hendersonville, Tenn.), Ashley Sherrick (Ridgecrest, Calif.), Maci Lerno (El Centro, Calif.) and Caprisha Webster (Johnson City, Tenn.) in this year’s signing class.

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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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Cumberland Football tryouts on May 2

Cumberland Football tryouts on May 2

Posted on 07 April 2015 by Allen

 Broc Loveless Cumberland

Cumberland University football would like to invite 2015 seniors who have not yet made a college decision and are interested in playing collegiate football to a tryout on Saturday May 2, at 11 a.m. at Nokes-Lasater Field.

All players attending must have a minimum 2.5 overall grade-point-average and an 18 on the ACT, no exceptions. There is the possibility for athletic grant-in-aids, with additional money awarded to students with a 3.0 GPA and a 22 ACT. All participants should bring cleats and gym shoes and dress for skill tests and drills.

Registration will begin at 11 a.m. at Nokes-Lasater Field, which is located at 418 Harding Drive, Lebanon, TN, 37087. Players are encouraged to contact the football office if they plan to attend the workout. Questions and reservations should be directed to assistant coach Nathan Luce at 615-547-1347 or e-mail nluce@cumberland.edu.

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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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Hicks named CU wrestling coach

Hicks named CU wrestling coach

Posted on 26 March 2015 by Allen

Cumberland

Cumberland University Director of Athletics Ron Pavan announced the hiring of James Hicks as the program’s new wrestling head coach. He will take over at CU on April 20. Hicks has served the last three years as head coach at Darton State College in Albany, Ga.

“We are pleased to hire an individual who has enjoyed success as an athlete, an assistant coach and as a head coach to lead our program at Cumberland,” Pavan said. “James is very familiar with the NAIA and our program from his time at Campbellsville University and we hope he can duplicate his success as a head coach from his last three years at Darton State.”

The Belle Glade, Fla., native has produced two national champions and six junior college All-Americans during his three seasons at Darton State. He was named Region III Eastern District II Coach of the Year in each of the last two seasons for the Cavaliers and the team won the Eastern District II Championship in both campaigns as well.

Twenty-two wrestlers have qualified for the NJCAA national tournament over the last three years, including nine in 2015 and eight in 2014. The team has finished in the Top 25 at the national tourney all three seasons, including 14th in 2015 and 17th in 2014. Darton State also placed third each of the last two years in the non-scholarship division of the NJCAA National Championships. In addition, five wrestlers have garnered Academic All-America honors under Hicks’ tutelage.

Hicks served as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Campbellsville University, for four years, with the Tigers placing in the Top 7 at the NAIA Championship in three of those campaigns. Campbellsville won the East Region Qualifier in his final season there in 2012 and finished in the Top 5 at the NWCA National Duals in 2010, 2011 and 2012. The Tigers also won the Mid-South Conference regular season title in each of his last three years with the program.

During his time as an assistant coach, Campbellsville produced a pair of national champions, 19 NAIA All-Americans, 47 national qualifiers, 10 East Region champions, 17 Mid-South Conference champions and seven NAIA Scholar-Athletes.

Hicks was a three-time NAIA national qualifier and a Daktronics NAIA Scholar-Athlete during his wrestling career at Campbellsville as well as a three-year starter for the Tigers. He was a member of the 2006 NAIA National Championship club at Dana College in Blair, Neb., ranking as high as sixth nationally and receiving the team’s Freshman of the Year award. He placed fourth as a senior at the FHSAA State Championships for Glades Central High School.

Hicks received his bachelor’s in Physical Education from Campbellsville in 2009.

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LWC sweeps Bulldogs on the road

LWC sweeps Bulldogs on the road

Posted on 24 March 2015 by Allen

Cumberland

Kassydi Montgomery hit a pair of home runs and Brittany Rasmussen belted a three-run shot as well, but Amanda Trampe collected a pair of doubles and three RBIs and Andrea Whelan drove in five runs, as second-ranked Lindsey Wilson swept a doubleheader from Cumberland, 7-4 and 11-2, here Tuesday at Lindsey Wilson Park.

Rasmussen hit her three-run shot and Montgomery drilled a solo homer in the opener and the Bulldogs (7-13, 3-3 Mid-South) put another runner in base in the final inning before dropping a 7-4 decision in the opener. Two costly errors opened the doors for five unearned runs in the second inning of the second contest, an 11-2 Lindsey Wilson victory.

Whelan hit a solo homer in the first game and had a bases-clearing double in the five-run second inning in the second contest as well. Trampe doubled twice, plating runs both times, and scored twice in the second game.

Lyndsey Parden (6-2) picked up the win in the opener for the Blue Raiders, allowing four runs on six hits. She walked three and struck out six. Kristen Abell (5-4) took the loss for Cumberland, giving up six earned runs on eight hits with four walks and two strikeouts.

Jordan Hood (6-2) struck out seven and gave up just three hits in five innings for the win in the second contest. Leah Newsome (2-8) took the loss for CU, allowing three earned runs on eight hits in two-plus innings.

Whelan drilled a solo homer with two outs in the first inning and Trampe, Bailey Mize and Travatia Bowden followed with consecutive singles, plating a run for a 2-0 LWC advantage after an inning in the opening game.

Sydney Fourman drew a leadoff walk and Ericka Clifford reached on a throwing error by Abell on a bunt attempt. Jenna Firestein beat out a bunt as well, loading the bases. Fourman scored on a groundout by Chelsea Showers and Clifford came across on a ground ball from Whelan, extending the Blue Raiders lead to 4-0.

In the fourth Showers drew a one-out walk and went to second on a wild pitch. She scored on a two-out single to left by Trampe.

LWC added two more runs in the fifth, starting with a one-out single by Fourman. Clifford singled to leftcenter and the runners moved up on the throw to third. Firestein grounded to first and Tessa Tomaselli’s throw to the plate was late, with pinch-runner Ashley Evans sliding in ahead of the tag, and Clifford came across on a groundout by Showers for a 7-0 lead.

The Bulldogs got on the board in the sixth after a leadoff walk to Vienna Benavides and a bunt single from Tomaselli. With one out Rasmussen lifted a high fly ball to left that just cleared the eight-foot wall for her second homer of the season, cutting the deficit to 7-3.

Montgomery drilled a solo homer to leftcenter in the seventh and Benavides followed with a single. Tomaselli was ahead 3-1 in the count before popping up to end the opener, with LWC claiming a 7-4 victory.

Montgomery led off the second contest with a line drive down the rightfield line that just cleared the wall for her fifth home run of the year and an early lead for CU.

The Blue Raiders answered right back in their half of the inning, with Showers singling to center with one out and stealing second. Back-to-back doubles from Trampe and Mize, both to rightcenter, plated a pair of runs for a 2-1 LWC advantage.

Abbi Goedde led off the second inning with a walk for Lindsey Wilson and Hood singled to left with one out. Firestein hit a chopper off the glove of Tomaselli, loading the bases, and Showers grounded to short, but the ball went through the legs of Delgado into leftfield, scoring a run.

Whelan then doubled down the leftfield line, clearing the bases, and Trampe followed with a double to rightcenter, plating another run for a 7-1 Blue Raiders lead.

Cumberland got a run back in the third when Montgomery reached on an error, went to second on a groundout by Benavides and scored on Tomaselli’s single to right.

But LWC answered quickly again, with Goedde hitting a long fly ball to dead center to start the bottom of the inning for an 8-2 lead.

In the fourth Trampe and Bowden were both hit and Fourman walked with two outs, loading the bases. Hood singled to center, scoring two runs, and the ball got under the glove of Madison Gonzalez and rolled to the wall. Firestein then hit a single to the leftside, plating the final run of the game.

Cumberland begins a four-game series this weekend at the University of the Cumberlands on Friday at 2 p.m. Central Time. The clubs finish the series Saturday at 10 a.m. CT.

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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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