CU wraps up sweep, MSC title
Gomez (9-0) tossed his third shutout and fifth complete game of the season, lowering his season ERA to 1.03. The lefthander did not walk a batter, struck out seven and allowed just one runner to reach third base and that came in the ninth inning.After a leadoff single to Steven Allen to start the game, Gomez retired eight of the next nine batters before giving up a double to Brandon Fletcher. Tyler Lighton singled in the fourth and Fletcher singled in the fifth, but Gomez set down 10 straight before Allens leadoff single in the ninth. Brett Hylton also singled in the inning, but Michael McCollum struck out to end the contest.Cumberland scored four runs in the second inning and nothing more in the opener, with Urquhart and Craig Monson both providing two-run singles for the Bulldogs. Seaton collected three hits in the game and Urquhart and Monson both finished with two hits, as CU stranded nine baserunners in the contest.UVA-Wise (10-23, 6-12) starter Steven Klaiber (1-3) took the loss, allowing four runs on nine hits in 6.1 innings. He walked two and struck out six but kept the Bulldogs at bay after the second inning. CU had just five baserunners over the final five innings he pitched.In the second game the Bulldogs scored three times in the first inning to take control, including a two-run single from Seaton.
Jake Collier (4-1) allowed three runs, one earned, on seven hits with no walks and five strikeouts in his second straight strong start. He retired 11 of 13 batters after giving up an unearned run in the first and induced three ground ball doubleplays in the contest.Urquhart, Chris Hall and Daniel Harrison all collected two hits apiece for Cumberland, with Hall scoring twice and Harrison and Seaton driving in two runs each.
Cavaliers starter Justin Wilson (2-4) took the loss, allowing six runs on 12 hits in 5.1 innings.Cumberland plays at 18th-ranked Freed-Hardeman on Sunday at 12:30 p.m.; hosts Mid-Continent University Tuesday at 2 p.m. and long-time rival Trevecca Nazarene Wednesday at 3 p.m.
The Bulldogs conclude the regular season next weekend with a three-game series against Bluefield College.