WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. -- The No. 7 team in the country performed as such on Thursday, holding Pikeville scoreless in both ends of today’s series-opening doubleheader.
Cumberlands ace Zach Hurley held UPIKE to four hits in the day’s first game, a 10-0 win for the Patriots.
The Bears had a solid opportunity to set the pace in the first inning with runners at first and second with one out, but couldn’t get anything across.
UC got to UPIKE starter Bruce Bell starting in the second inning and scored six runs across those next three innings to mount a big early lead.
UPIKE’s other two hits besides the pair in the first inning both came in the fifth inning, and one was erased by a double play.
Despite not being able to get a hit, the Bears had another good opportunity to score after loading the bases with back-to-back walks and a hit by pitch, but an untimely strikeout ended the threat.
Cumberlands then came through with a four-run seventh inning to enact the 10-run mercy rule.
Not much changed for the Bears in the second game as Cumberlands took home another domiant win, 11-0.
Despite the lack of scoring, Jacob Alvarado and Anthony Houk each had a pair of hits in the game. UPIKE was able to get a runner in scoring position in three of the seven innings, but couldn’t find the clutch hit.
Meanwhile, reigning Mid-South Conference Pitcher of the Week Brady Cappe couldn’t repeat last week’s magic. He only gave up five hits and four earned runs, but two of them were home runs, UC hit three home runs and six extra-base hits overall to help build its big lead.
Cumberlands’ offense really caught fire with back-to-back four-run innings in the fifth and sixth.
With the losses, UPIKE drops to 5-6 in MSC play and 20-19 overall.
UPIKE will have one final chance to upset Cumberlands tomorrow at 1 p.m. in Williamsburg.