Cumberland (Tenn.) stifles Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) in 6-1 win
By Brian Adamowsky, Avista-NAIA Baseball World Series Media Staff
LEWISTON, Idaho – (Box Score) Senior left-hander Anthony Gomez baffled Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) hitters all night long in a complete-game six-hitter as No. 10 Cumberland (Tenn.) continued its strong start at the 2014 Avista NAIA-Baseball World Series in a 6-1 victory over the Warriors in front of 4,175 at Harris Field.
Gomez (6-4) kept the Warrior hitters off balance all night, allowing just one unearned run in the ninth inning. All eight of his strikeouts came in the fifth inning or later, but he also walked six batters in a 147-pitch outing.
Cumberland advances to play No. 3 Oklahoma Wesleyan in a championship bracket contest at 6:30 p.m. when the tournament resumes on Monday, and Lewis-Clark State will play Southern Poly (Ga.) in a noon elimination game.
Sam Lind hit a three-run home run, his 15th of the season, off LCSC starter Michael Noteware (6-2) to key a five-run sixth inning for the Bulldogs, who also got a two-run single from Tyler Anderson in the frame.
The big inning came on the heels of a bases-loaded situation that Gomez defused in the bottom of the fifth, getting Warrior cleanup hitter Cody Lavalli to fly out to center field and leave three on base.
“I can’t say enough about Anthony Gomez tonight,” Cumberland coach Woody Hunt said. “From the fifth inning on he was really locked in with his changeup and his breaking ball, and he mixed it up real well. Getting out of the bases loaded jam was probably the turning point in the game, since a base hit there with the crowd behind them gives them momentum.”
Lind jumped on a first-pitch breaking ball from Noteware and crushed it over the right-center field fence to get the Bulldogs going offensively. It was one of the few mistakes Noteware made in the game, allowing five runs (two earned) over seven innings in defeat.
The LCSC senior struck out seven and walked one.
“Sam sat on a slider and got it all,” Hunt said. “And Tyler’s two-out hit was huge for us. It gave us some breathing room.”
Cumberland tacked on another run in the eighth on a solo home run by Blake North that came against reliever Gunnar Swanson, who worked the eighth inning for LCSC.