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CU pitching shuts down Bears in sweep
Mar 18, 2013 4:30 pm
From staff reports
PIKEVILLE, Ky. — Kevin P. Greene and Jesse Coe combined to work 12.2 scoreless innings, Tyler Alford hit a three-run homer in the second game and Tyler Anderson and Craig Monson each drove in three runs in the opener, as Cumberland swept a doubleheader, 9-3 and 8-0, over Pikeville on Friday.
Greene (3-1) tossed a four-hit complete game in the second contest, walking two and striking out seven in the seven-inning affair. The right-hander gave up a pair of doubles and was helped by his defense in the third when Ryan tried to score from first on a double, but was gunned down at the plate.
Coe (2-1) worked the final 5.2 innings in the opener, the longest stint of his career, giving up just two hits and two walks with four strikeouts. The right-hander from Friendship Christian allowed one baserunner in four of his five full innings of work, but only one reached second base. His previous long outing was a four-inning stint on March 6, 2012 at Embry-Riddle.
Anderson went 4-for-4 with two doubles and three RBIs and Cory Urquhart and Monson each collected two hits and Monson posted three RBIs in the opener. Former Friendship star Chris Hall added three hits and scored three times as well.
The Bulldogs (17-8-1, 7-1 Mid-South) broke open the second game with five runs in the final inning, highlighted by Alford’s three-run homer. Brodie Ross registered three hits in the win as well for CU.
The Bears scored first in the opener after a one-out walk to Bryan Bradley and an error by CU third baseman Anderson allowed Erik Manning to score. Pat O’Brian followed with an RBI single to center for an early UPike lead.
Cumberland tied the contest in the third with three singles, one from each from Anderson, Alford and Urquhart.
In the fourth Daniel Harrison walked and Hall reached on a bunt single before an RBI double down the left-field line from Anderson. Justin Johnston then walked, loading the bases, before an RBI single by Alford gave the Bulldogs a 3-1 advantage. Cumberland could have had more, but Anderson was thrown out at the plate after Urquhart flied out.
Pikeville came right back in its half of the inning, ending the day for CU starter Anthony Gomez.
Chris Morford led off with a double before Chaz Contrerras tripled to leftcenter. He came across on a bunt single by Adam Overbay, knotting the game at three.
Cumberland broke the game open with four runs in the sixth, as Hall was hit and scored on Anderson’s second double of the game. Johnston reached on an infield single and Alford walked, loading the bases still with no one out. But Urquhart grounded out and Seaton flied out before Monson’s bases-clearing double made it 7-3 Bulldogs.
Harrison reached on an error by third baseman Manning, Hall bunted his way on again and both runners moved up on a wild pitch in the seventh. Anderson’s single to center plated one run and Johnston’s sacrifice fly scored another for a 9-3 advantage.
Gomez lasted just 3.1 innings, allowing three runs on seven hits with one walk and three strikeouts, his shortest outing of the season by far.
In the second game Hall bunted his way on, Monson reached on an infield single and Ross followed with an RBI single to right-center for a 1-0 edge after a half inning.
In the second inning Richie Seaton singled with one out, stole second and Harrison walked. Johnston’s single to left plated one run and after an Urquhart single loaded the bases, Hall’s sacrifice fly put the Bulldogs ahead, 3-0.
CU broke the game open with five runs in the seventh, starting with singles from Monson and Ross. Anderson reached on a throwing error by catcher Sean Ryan on a bunt, loading the bases. One run scored on a wild pitch before Alford’s three-run homer to left, his first of the season.
Seaton followed with a double, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a groundout by Chris Del Bianco.