Tessa Tomaselli and Kassydi Montgomery each posted three hits and two RBIs and the duo combined for five runs scored in Cumberland’s 10-6 victory over the University of Pikeville on Thursday at Lebanon High School.
The Bears (16-16, 8-12 Mid-South) won the second game behind a strong outing from Sydney Morris, who allowed three runs, one earned, on eight hits while striking out a season-high 13 in a 7-3 UPike victory.
Montgomery doubled and hit a two-run homer while scoring three times in the first contest and Tomaselli also doubled, singled twice and scored two runs in the 10-6 win. The Bulldogs (12-22, 8-12) scored five times in the first inning and led 7-2 after Montgomery’s two-run shot in the fourth, her 15th of the year, but the Bears cut the lead to 7-6 with four runs in the fifth.
Kaleigh Pearce’s pinch-hit two-run single to center put CU ahead by three again in the fifth and Montgomery came across in the sixth on a Tomaselli groundout for the final run of the contest.
Leah Newsome (6-11) picked up the win in the first game for CU, allowing four earned runs on eight hits in 4.2 innings. She walked two and struck out three. Crystal Bryant tossed 2.1 hitless frames for her second save, walking three with two strikeouts.
Hawley Ill (5-5) suffered the loss for the Bears, giving up nine runs on 11 hits in 4.2 innings.
Morris (7-6) was the story of the second contest, with the Bulldogs striking out more than 10 times for just the second game this season. She walked one and held CU to just 2-of-9 with runners in scoring position.
Kayla Brown collected two hits and two RBIs in the win for Pikeville and Brandi Jo Howard, Ill and Hollie Hinkle all added two hits for the Bears.
Kristen Abell (6-10) took the loss for CU, giving up seven runs, two earned, on 10 hits with one walk and four strikeouts.
Cumberland started quickly with five runs in the first inning of the opener on five hits.
Montgomery doubled to the leftfield wall to start the inning and Vienna Benavides beat out a bunt. Montgomery scored on the play when the throw from third baseman Breana Pineda got away down the rightfield line.
Jessica Roper followed with an RBI double down the leftfield line, just off the glove of a diving Brown, and Tomaselli drove home Roper with a single to center. Madison Gonzalez then drilled a 1-0 pitch from Ill over the wall in leftcenter, her third homer of the season, for a 5-0 CU advantage after one inning.
Pineda got the Bears on the board with a line drive home run to leftcenter to leadoff the second and Pikeville took advantage of a pair of walks to score again in the third.
Brown and Howard both drew free passes with two outs in the third before Ill dumped a single just onto the outfield grass down the first base line, plating one run. Pineda lined out to end the inning, but the Bears cut the CU lead to 5-2.
Pikeville threatened again in the fourth with a leadoff double by Hinkle and a one-out single to short right from Whitney Back, but Benavides caught Logan Cline’s pop-up near the second base bag and doubled off Hinkle to end the threat.
Cumberland finally pushed across more runs in the bottom of the inning with a one-out single to left by Giselle Delgado before Montgomery drilled her 15th home run of the season, a two-run shot to leftcenter, pushing the lead to 7-2.
The Bears scored four times on four hits and the aid of one CU error in the fifth, chasing Newsome from the contest.
Pinch-hitter Sydney Beckelhymer reached on a bloop single down the third base line and with two outs, Ill doubled to rightcenter, scoring a run. Pineda followed with a run-scoring single to center and took second on the throw to the plate.
Hinkle grounded sharply to short, but the runner did a good job of interfering with Delgado’s line of sight without running into the fielder, causing an error. Eady Beth Connally singled to left, scoring Pineda and forcing a pitching change for the Bulldogs.
Bryant walked Back, loading the bases, and Hinkle came across on a passed ball, cutting the Cumberland lead to 7-6.
The Bulldogs answered in the bottom of the inning thanks to a big hit from an injured senior.
Tomaselli started the inning with a single to center and Sydney Broderick singled to leftcenter with one out. With two outs Pearce, who has been out with an injured knee since March 18, singled off the centerfield wall, scoring Tomaselli and pinch-runner Kaycee Harris for a 9-6 CU advantage.
Montgomery led off the seventh with a single and Benavides reached on an error and a wild pitch allowed the runners to move to second and third. Tomaselli’s ground ball to short plated Montgomery for a 10-6 lead.
Pikeville scored first in the second game with four runs on five hits in the second inning.
Hinkle dumped a single into short leftcenter to start the frame and Connally reached on an error by Abell. With one out Cline singled to center, scoring a run and putting runners on the corners. Beckelhymer’s infield single to the leftside plated another. Both runners stole with two outs before a two-run double down the leftfield line from Brown gave the Bears a 4-0 lead.
The Bulldogs got on the board in the third on three hits and one costly throwing error by UPike.
Katelynn Stoll led off with a single up the middle and Benavides reached on an infield single to the left side with one out. Roper singled into rightcenter, scoring one run, and tried to take second on the throw to the plate. First baseman Hinkle cut off the throw and had Roper nailed at second, but her throw sailed into centerfield, allowing Benavides to score on the play and cut the deficit to 4-2.
The Bears struck back in the fourth thanks to a pair of CU errors.
Brown reached on an error by Montgomery with two outs and Ill followed with a single to left. The ball got by Katelyn Nowakowski and Brown scored from first on the play. Pineda walked and UPike pulled off the double steal, with Ill scoring ahead of the throw for a 6-2 advantage.
In the sixth Howard reached on a swinging bunt down the third base line and Brown singled to short right. Both runners stole and Ill’s sacrifice fly to rightcenter plated Howard for a 7-2 Bears lead.
Cumberland got a run back in the bottom of the inning thanks to an error by the Bears.
Roper singled to left with one out and pinch-runner Brianna Gregory stole second and went to third when the throw sailed into center. Broderick grounded to short with two outs, but the ball bounced away from Back, allowing Gregory to score and cut the deficit to 7-3.
In the seventh Stoll walked and Montgomery singled with one out, but Benavides grounded out and Morris struck out Tomaselli to end the contest.
The same two teams are scheduled to play again Friday in a doubleheader at 1 p.m., with Senior Day activities taking place after the game.