Baseball comes up short against No. 11 Cumberlands
Published 2:36 pm Friday, March 22, 2019
BARBOURVILLE — The Union College baseball team rallied late in the ninth, but it’s not enough as No. 11 University of the Cumberlands took the mid-week win 14-10 in non-conference action.
With the loss, the Bulldogs fall to 15-9 on the year, while the Patriots move to 23-3 overall.
The Patriots got off to an early 4-0 lead until the bottom of the fifth when Joe Gaines scored on a sac fly and Chris Guiles hit a three-run home run over the left-field fence to tie the game at 4-4.
In the following inning, Cumberlands broke the tie to score three runs and make it 7-4. In the eighth inning, the Patriots tacked on four insurance runs to extend their lead to 11-4 until the Bulldogs cut the margin down scoring three runs on a fielder’s choice, an error and a double from Luke Reinert to make it 11-7.
Cumberlands never let up offensively scoring another three-runs to make it 14-7 in the top of the final inning, but Union tried to make a run-scoring three runs in the final inning off a bases-loaded walk and a two-run RBI single from Shumaker to close the gap 14-10 to finish out the game.
Guiles collected his first homer of the season, going 1-for-4 from the plate and three RBIs.
Shumaker led the Bulldogs going 3-for-5, two RBIs, and one run scored.
Andrew Fields suffered the loss, pitching 1 1/3 innings and allowing one run.