WILLIAMSBURG – A rough weekend of baseball ended with the University of Pikeville suffering a costly sweep at the hands of the University of the Cumberlands.
The Bears are now 13-21-1 on the season and 4-11 in the league, and will need big weekends the next two weeks to qualify for the eight-team Mid-South Conference tournament. The home portion of the schedule ends this weekend when Shawnee State University comes to town for a Friday-Saturday series. The following weekend, the Bears wrap up league play with three games at Georgetown.
Patriots 11, Bears 5: After rallying with three runs in the top of the second to take a 3-1 lead, the Bears saw Cumberlands score four runs in each of the third and fourth innings and roll to the win in the opener.
Pikeville had six hits, with second baseman Bryan Bradley going 2-of-4 with an RBI. Shortstop Chaz Conteras doubled, drove in two and scored one, while Erik Manning doubled and drove one in. Centerfielder Adam Overbay and designated hitter Corey Adams both singled.
Joe Valentino went 2-2/3 and took the loss, allowing five runs, four of which were earned. Austin Jarvis threw the final 5-1/3.
Patriots 5, Bears 4: After tying the game with a single run in the sixth, the Patriots pulled out the win in the bottom of the ninth.
Cumberlands had single runs in five different frames while the Bears posted four in the third.
Overbay had two hits, scored one and drove one in, while first-baseman Brad Andrews doubled and singled. Conteras singled in two and scored while Bradley had an RBI single.
Manning, designated hitter Chris Morford and left fielder Alec Shull all had hits.
Zach Sutherland went the distance for the Bears, with three runs being earned and the Patriots totaling six hits.
Patriots 1, Bears 0: Cumberlands scored a single run in the bottom of the first and made it stand to complete the series sweep. Victor Morel singled to start the inning and scored when Hibraim Cordova doubled for what would be the only tally of the contest.
The Bears had five hits in the loss. Andrews doubled while Overbay, Morford, Shull and pinch-hitter Simon Beeson all singled.
Corey Gilligan went the distance, scattering 10 hits in the loss.