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Pinch-hit homer spoils Collier’s effort

Jake Collier tossed nine innings Friday against Missouri Baptist, giving up three runs on six hits with five strikeouts. (Credit Steve Wampler)
Jake Collier tossed nine innings Friday against Missouri Baptist, giving up three runs on six hits with five strikeouts. (Credit Steve Wampler)

#9 Missouri Baptist (7-0) at #1 Cumberland Univ. (0-5)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Missouri Baptist 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 2 5 7 2
Cumberland Univ. 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 10 1
Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Win: Sweet (1-0) 3.1 1 0 0 0 2
Loss: Woodfin (0-1) 0.1 1 2 2 2 0
Batting AB R H RBI BB HR
Roundtree (MBU) 4 1 2 1 1 0
Byrd (CU) 6 1 2 0 0 0
Viera (CU) 5 0 2 1 1 0
Alford (CU) 5 0 2 0 0 0
Collado (CU) 5 1 2 0 0 0

LEBANON, Tenn. – Timothy Cusick’s pinch-hit two-run homer in the ninth tied the game and Eli Roundtree’s RBI single plated the winning run, as ninth-ranked Missouri Baptist erased a three-run deficit to defeat No. 1 Cumberland, 5-3, in 10 innings on Friday here at Ernest L. Stockton Field-Woody Hunt Stadium.

The Bulldogs (0-5) led 3-0 headed to the ninth behind an outstanding pitching effort from Jake Collier, but Roundtree led off the inning with a triple and scored on a groundout. After a walk Cusick belted the first pitch well over the wall in rightfield, tying the contest at three.

Jeff Smith drew a four-pitch walk to start the 10th inning for the Spartans (7-0) and went to second on a wild pitch. He moved to third on Brent Zimmerman’s sacrifice bunt and after an intentional walk to Orlando Oliveira, Smith came across on Eli Roundtree’s sharp single to right. Pinch-runner Tyler Greminger scored on a groundout by Aaron Pangilian for a 5-3 MBU advantage.

Collier threw a gem through eight innings before running into trouble in the ninth. The righthander allowed three runs on six hits with four walks and five strikeouts. He got 12 ground ball outs and induced a pair of doubleplays. Andrew Woodfin (0-1) took the loss for the Bulldogs, giving up two runs on one hit with two walks.

MBU reliever Austin Sweet (1-0) picked up the win, tossing 3.1 scoreless innings. The big righthander gave up just one hit, hit two batters and struck out two, running into trouble just once. Spartans starter David Mullins allowed two runs on seven hits in five innings and Marcus Crescentini struck out the side for his third save.

Justin Byrd, Hector Viera, Tyler Alford and Orlando Collado each collected two hits for the Bulldogs, but CU stranded 14 baserunners in the game, including the bases loaded in the fifth, sixth and ninth innings.

Cumberland took the lead in the first when Byrd led off with a bunt single and took second on a wild pitch. He scored on Viera’s double just inside the third base bag.

Collier worked out of trouble in the third after a two-out single to left by Aaron Collazo and then a double to rightcenter from Smith, but third baseman Ryan

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