PIKEVILLE – A squeeze bunt in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the University of Pikeville a win over Cumberland University in the finale of a three-game series on Saturday.
Trailing 5-3 heading to the bottom of the ninth, the Bears loaded the bases with none out when senior Adam Overbay was hit by a pitch, followed by consecutive singles by juniors Sean Ryan and Bryan Bradley. Freshman Erik Manning tied the game with a double to score Overbay and Ryan.
One out later, senior Pat O’Brien laid down a perfect bunt to push Bradley across with the winning run.
Cumberland took the lead with two in the first and made it 3-0 in the third before the Bears rallied to tie the score. Ryan scored the first run when Bradley’s grounder in the infield was misplayed. A single by Manning delivered Bradley, and Manning scored when junior Luke Wright bunted him in.
The Bulldogs won the opener of the series on Friday when they broke open a 3-all tie with four in the sixth and two more in the seventh.
Pikeville took a 1-0 lead in the first when Bradley walked and scored on a single to center by O’Brien. Trailing 3-1, the Bears tied it in the fourth when senior Chris Morford led off with a double and was followed by a triple by junior Chaz Contreras. He scored when Overbay bunted him in.
O’Brien, Morford and Contreras all had two hits in the loss.
In game two, Cumberland scored five in the seventh to break the game open and win 8-0. Manning had two doubles in the loss, accounting for half the Bears’ hits. Bradley and sophomore Simon Beeson had singles.