Just back from a quick trip to Florida, the Cumberland University baseball team returns to the road this weekend to open a three-game Mid-South Conference series at St. Catharine College in Kentucky.
The three-game road set is slated to begin Friday at noon. The two squads will also play a doubleheader Saturday, beginning at 11 a.m. Live radio coverage can be heard on WCOR AM-1490 on Friday and WANT FM-98.9 Saturday.
Coach Woody Hunt's squad stands 16-9 overall and 3-3 in the MSC headed into weekend play.
Cumberland 9, Clark Univ. 4
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Cumberland took advantage of a crucial error in the sixth inning to score six unearned runs en route to a 9-4 victory over Clarke University Wednesday at Sliwa Stadium on the campus of Embry-Riddle.
Redshirt senior Sam Lind rapped out two hits, knocked in three and scored two runs.
Richie Seaton, Lind, Brady North, Josciel Veras and Tyler Anderson each delivered RBI hits in the inning which saw the six runs plated seven Bulldog hits.
Redshirt sophomore Jarrett Plunkett opened the inning with a one-out single, his first hit in a Cumberland uniform.
Bryan Haney followed with what would become the biggest play in the game, a lazy fly ball to right field. The ball was dropped and Plunkett ended up on third base, with Haney following on second.
Seaton delivered an RBI single and would be followed by six straight hits including a two-RBI double from Lind. When the dust settled, Cumberland enjoyed a 9-3 advantage.
Clarke (6-8) scored the first two runs of the contest without recording a hit off starting pitcher Garrett Treadwell. Two wild pitches and a balk led to a run in the second after Treadwell opened the inning with a leadoff walk.
In the third, the leadoff batter again walked and moved to second on a wild pitch, third on a passed ball and scored on a sacrifice bunt from Chris Hefner, handing the Crusaders a 2-0 lead.
Cumberland cut the lead in half with some two-out lightning in the third as Ricky Coleman doubled to the left center field wall to score Lind.
Clarke tacked on to its lead in the fifth with an unearned run off right-handed reliever Drew Chester. An error allowed Nate McMullen to reach and the Crusader left fielder moved to second on a groundout.
Junior righty Stevie Smith earned his fourth victory of the season after working a scoreless sixth inning to become the pitcher of record.