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Patriots drop series to Blue Raiders

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. - On Friday, March 15th the University of the Cumberlands (UC) baseball team hosted Mid-South Conference (MSC) foe #12 Lindsey Wilson College (LWC) at Doyle Buhl Stadium for a three game series.

In game one the Blue Raiders were able to jump out to an early lead and hold on for the 9-2 win. Most of Lindsey Wilson’s damage came in the fifth inning when they were able to score 6 runs as they knocked Patriots starter Jonathan Paquet (Quebec, Canada; 1-2) out of the game after 4.1 innings allowing 6 runs on 6 hits.

Cumberlands scored their runs in the sixth on an RBI single from John Doolittle and in the ninth on an RBI single from Charles Hyde (Fort Mitchell, KY) scoring Victor Morel (New York, NY) who tripled.

Getting the loss was UC starter Jonathan Paquet. Cameron Smith (Louisville, KY) was solid out of the bullpen going 4 innings allowing 1 run on 4 hits with 1 strikeout. The win went to the Blue Raiders Chris Erker who went 8 innings allowing 1 run on 5 hits.

Game 2 seemed to be heading in the same direction for the Patriots as Lindsey Wilson jumped out to a 3-0 lead. However, Cumberlands refused to go down without a fight as they mounted their comeback.

In the fifth UC scored to cut the lead to 3-1 when Charles Hyde hit an RBI single to score John Doolittle who led the inning off with a double.

In the sixth the Blue Raiders turned to their closer Daniel Pulliam for the six out save after starter England Smith went 5 innings allowing 1 run on 5 hits. After getting through a scoreless sixth, the strategy backfired as the Patriots found their rhythm.

Pinch hitter Jake Goodman (Elizabethtown, KY) and Victor Morel led off the seventh with singles to reach base. Charles Hyde then executed a sac bunt to put both runners in scoring position. Jared Martin (Cynthiana, KY) and Hibraim Cordova (Vega Baja, Puerto Rico) followed with back to back RBI singles to tie the game at 3 apiece. Claudio Valencia (Yuma, AZ) came to the plate next and hit a walk off single giving Cumberlands the 4-3 victory.

Getting the win for the Patriots was Kahana Neal (Pearl City, HI; 3-1) throwing a complete game going 7 innings allowing 3 runs on 5 hits with 3 strikeouts. The loss went to Lindsey Wilson’s Daniel Pulliam.

The Patriots had the momentum heading into game three and it showed early as they jumped out to the 1-0 lead in the first. Victor Morel reached on an error and later scored on an RBI single by Jared Martin.

Both teams would be held scoreless until the fifth when Cumberlands was able to get two more runs across the plate for the 3-0 lead. Matt Madrigal (Lemoore, CA) led off with a double over the leftfielder followed by Victor Morel reaching on an error again to put runners at first and third. Charles Hyde then had a sac bunt to advance Morel to second. During the next at bat a wild pitch allowed Madrigal to score as the throw from the catcher got away from the pitcher allowing Morel to score from second.

The Blue Raiders would go on to tie the game in the eighth scoring 3 runs on UC starter Jonathan Bobea (Flushing, NY; 1-1). Cumberlands would turn to Adam Quiles (Miami, FL; 1-3) in relief of Bobea who went 7.2 innings allowing 3 runs (2 earned) on 6 hits with 5 strikeouts. Quiles would get out of the jam getting the first batter to ground out.

In the ninth Lindsey Wilson would take the lead 4-3 on a controversial call that didn’t go the Patriots way. With two outs in the inning UC’s Adam Quiles got Kory Weeks to pop up behind first base with what appeared to be a foul ball, but a fair single from the umpire allowed the Blue Raiders to get a run.

In the bottom of the ninth, Cumberlands had a chance to get the win as Jake Goodman led off the inning with a double to the leftfield gap. Then with one out Matt Madrigal hit a single to get runners at the corners. However, that would be all the Patriots could get as they dropped the game 4-3.

Getting the loss for UC was Adam Quiles who went 1.1 innings allowing 1 unearned run with 1 strikeout. The win went to Lindsey Wilson’s Darren Travers.

“I am disappointed in losing two of three, but our effort was excellent,” said Head Coach Brad Shelton. “We just have to finish better. Lindsey Wilson is a good team and so are we. We were right there and let game three slip out of our hands. The comeback in game two was one of the best comebacks we have had in a while and we did it against one of the best relievers in our league. We will go back to work Monday and start preparing for our next opponents.”

The Patriots enter into next week sitting at 15-10 (3-6 MSC) on the season. They will be back in action on Monday, March 18th when they host Cincinnati Clermont at 3:30 pm. Cumberlands will then hit the road to take on Alice Lloyd College on Tuesday, March 19th starting at 1:00 pm before hosting Marantha Baptist Bible College on Thursday, March 21st at 2:00 pm.

Cumberlands will then travel to Georgetown, Kentucky on Friday, March 22nd to take on MSC opponent #20 Georgetown College starting at 1:00 pm. The series will resume on Saturday, March 23rd starting 12:00 pm.

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