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LWC Baseball tops Cumberlands, 5-2 in 1st game of Series

Today, LWC Baseball hosts Cumberlands (KY) at Egnew Park, 928 Russell Road, Columbia, KY, at 1pmCT, with "if necessary" game to follow.
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By Charles Balcom

COLUMBIA, KY - The Lindsey Wilson baseball team topped Cumberlands (KY) by a 5-2 margin on Thursday night to open the three-game Mid-South Conference Tournament Opening Round series at Egnew Park.

The second-seeded Blue Raiders (34-20) got a complete-game performance from senior Scott Sebald for the second weekend in a row to help top the seventh-seeded Patriots (33-22).

Lindsey Wilson now just needs one win on Friday against Cumberlands to advance to the MSC Tournament final site in Bowling Green next weekend. The Blue Raiders opened the scoring in the bottom of the first with a timely two-out hit from Jan Carlos Ortz.

Brandon Munoz led off the inning with an infield single, and later moved to second on a stolen base. Austin Atwell followed with a two-out walk and Ortiz chased both runs home on a triple to the gap in right-center to give Lindsey Wilson an early 2-0 lead.

Cumberlands cut the lead in half in the top of the second with a pair of doubles, but the Blue Raiders extended their lead back to two runs after Munoz put down a sacrifice bunt squeeze play that allowed Ryan Harper to score from third.

The Patriots again trimmed the lead to one after Zach McRoberts led off the third with a solo home run. Cumberlands had runners on the corners later in the inning, but the Blue Raiders got out of the jam with a 5-4-3 double play.

After a scoreless fourth, Lindsey Wilson pushed their lead back to two runs thanks to the hustle of Edgar Lebron. Lebron ran out a popped up ball to shallow centerfield, which dropped between three Patriot fielders, allowing Lebron to reach second. He then tagged and took third on a fly out and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Atwell to make it a 4-2 lead.

The sixth and seventh innings went by scoreless due in large part to Sebald retiring a string of nine-straight batters from the fifth through the eighth before finally giving up a one-out single. Cumberlands proceeded to load the bases on back-to-back singles and a fielding error later in the eighth, but the senior lefthander struck out the next two batters to get out of the jam.

Lindsey Wilson tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth and Sebald capped off the ninth with a 1-2-3 inning to secure the 5-2 win for the Blue Raiders.

Sebald (8-3) scattered eight hits while allowing the two earned runs with eight strikeouts. Cumberlands' Noah Gapp (7-4) took the loss giving up four runs, three earned, on seven hits with two walks and four strikeouts.

Atwell went 2-for-2 at the plate while five other Blue Raiders had one hit each.

Charles Balcom is Assistant Sports Information Director at Lindsey Wilson College

This story was posted on 2016-04-29 05:30:16
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