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Enriquez inks with Bulldogs

Enriquez inks with Bulldogs

Posted on 08 August 2015 by Allen

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Cumberland University softball coach Heather Stanfill announced the signing of Riverside, Calif., native Andrea Enriquez to scholarship papers this week for the 2015-16 academic year.

Enriquez is transferring from Fullerton College in Fullerton, Calif., and was a teammate of CU signee Nicole Pratt in 2015. Enriquez batted .275 in 33 games this past season, posting a pair of doubles with five RBIs, five walks and three stolen bases in 40 at-bats.

She did not play in 2014 but hit .231 in 40 contests with three doubles, one homer, 11 RBIs, nine walks and seven stolen bases as a freshman.
Enriquez was a three-year letterwinner at John W. North High School in Riverside for coach Chuck Zerkle. She is the daughter of Francisco and Veronica Enriquez.

Enriquez is the fourth signee in this year’s recruiting class, joining Pratt (Riverside, Calif.), Imani Torregano (Laurel, Md.) and Gianna Abatti (Nipomo, Calif.).

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Cumberland Softball inks California native Abatti

Cumberland Softball inks California native Abatti

Posted on 17 July 2015 by Allen

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Cumberland University softball coach Heather Stanfill announced the signing of Nipomo, Calif., native Gianna Abatti to scholarship papers this week for the 2015-16 academic year.

Abatti played the last two seasons at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria, Calif., playing in 41 games as a freshman, hitting three home runs and registering 20 RBIs. She missed 20 contests this past season with an injury but posted a .424 on-base percentage with eight RBIs and one homer in limited action.

AHC won back-to-back conference championships and finished 61-19 overall during Abatti’s two seasons.

She was a two-time All-League selection at Nipomo High School and won multiple league championships for the Titans at NHS. She is the daughter of Janna Abatti.

Abatti joins Imani Torregano (Laurel, Md.) in this year’s recruiting class.

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Bears spoil Senior Day; CU falls twice, 7-1

Bears spoil Senior Day; CU falls twice, 7-1

Posted on 17 April 2015 by Allen

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Eady Beth Connally posted six hits, four RBIs and three runs scored and Logan Barnes and Sydney Morris combined to allow two runs with 10 strikeouts in a pair of 7-1 University of Pikeville victories over Cumberland in softball action Friday at the CU Softball Field.

The Bears (18-16, 10-12 Mid-South) won three of the four games in the series to pull ahead of the Bulldogs (12-24, 8-14) by two games for fourth place in the Mid-South Conference standings.

Brandi Jo Howard and Sydney Beckelhymer each collected two-run doubles and Barnes pitched in-and-out of trouble in every inning in the first game. Cumberland stranded 10 runners in the loss, eight in scoring position, going 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position.

Howard’s double past a diving Vienna Benavides at second base into the gap in rightcenter pushed Pikeville’s lead to 3-0 in the fourth inning. The Bears broke open the game with four more runs in the sixth inning thanks to a pair of CU errors. Beckelhymer’s two-RBI double to rightcenter ended the inning when she was thrown out at third.

Barnes (5-5) tossed six shutout innings before running into trouble in the seventh. She allowed one run on nine hits in 6.1 innings with two walks and two strikeouts. Morris got the final two outs, including a strikeout of Tessa Tomaselli to end the contest.

CU’s Leah Newsome (6-12) took the loss, giving up seven runs, two earned, on nine hits. Kassydi Montgomery, Madison Gonzalez and Giselle Delgado each registered two hits for the Bulldogs and Delgado’s double in the seventh plated the only run.

Morris (8-6) dominated the second game for the second straight day, striking out eight and giving up one run on six hits with two walks. Connally was 4-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored in the victory.

Kristen Abell (6-11) suffered the loss, allowing six runs on nine hits in three-plus innings. Vienna Benavides posted two hits for Cumberland and Montgomery’s 16th home run of the season provided the only offense for the home team.

The Bears got on the board first in the opening game after a leadoff single to center by Howard. She went to second on Kayla Brown’s sacrifice bunt. With two outs Breana Pineda squared to bunt and Howard took off for third. The throw from catch Sydney Broderick sailed into leftfield and Howard scored on the play for a 1-0 UPike edge after a half inning.

In the fifth Connally led off with a single down the rightfield line and Whitney Back was walked. After a fielder’s choice, Beckelhymer’s bunt pushed the runners to second and third. Newsome thought she struck out Howard on a 1-2 pitch, but time had been called by the base umpire, negating the pitch. Howard doubled on a 2-2 pitch, extending the Pikeville lead to 3-0.

Hayley Ill reached on an error by Benavides to start the sixth and Benavides made a bad throw to second on a ground ball by Hollie Hinkle two batters later, putting runners on the corners. Connally singled down the rightfield line, scoring one run, and a groundout moved the runners to second and third with two outs.

Logan Cline singled up the middle, plating one run, before Beckelhymer’s double into rightcenter between Gonzalez and Katelyn Nowakowski scored two more for a 7-0 UPike advantage.

Pinch-hitter Maryah Cohen walked for the Bulldogs in the seventh and Katelynn Stoll scored on Delgado’s double to rightcenter.

The Bears scored first again in the second contest, this time in the second inning when Connally singled to center with one out and took second on a wild pitch. Walks to Haley Jo Patton and Beckelhymer loaded the bases before Howard’s single through the right side plated a run for a 1-0 edge.

Breana Pineda and Hinkle both singled with one out in the third before Connally’s RBI single to right. Hinkle took third on the single and came across on Back’s groundout to second. Patton then doubled to center, plating Connally for a 4-0 advantage.

Pikeville added three more runs in the fourth, with Howard reaching on a slow roller down the first base line to leadoff. Tomaselli tried to field the ball and tag the runner at the same time, but the ball flew out of her glove and rolled into the dugout.

Kayla Brown then grounded to third, but Montgomery’s throw to first was late. Howard took third on the play and when no one was looking, Brown took off for second and got there without a throw. Ill walked, loading the bases, and after a fielder’s choice forced a runner at the plate, Brown stole home on the throw back to the pitcher.

Connally’s two-run double to rightcenter two batters later scored the final runs of the game for the Bears.

Montgomery’s towering drive to dead centerfield with one out in the third was the only offense for the Bulldogs, who got just three runners to second base in the second contest.

Cumberland plays at Martin Methodist on Monday at 4 p.m. before ending the regular season with four games at St. Catharine College next weekend.

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Bulldogs split with Pikeville

Bulldogs split with Pikeville

Posted on 16 April 2015 by Allen

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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.

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LWC sweeps Bulldogs on the road

LWC sweeps Bulldogs on the road

Posted on 24 March 2015 by Allen

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Kassydi Montgomery hit a pair of home runs and Brittany Rasmussen belted a three-run shot as well, but Amanda Trampe collected a pair of doubles and three RBIs and Andrea Whelan drove in five runs, as second-ranked Lindsey Wilson swept a doubleheader from Cumberland, 7-4 and 11-2, here Tuesday at Lindsey Wilson Park.

Rasmussen hit her three-run shot and Montgomery drilled a solo homer in the opener and the Bulldogs (7-13, 3-3 Mid-South) put another runner in base in the final inning before dropping a 7-4 decision in the opener. Two costly errors opened the doors for five unearned runs in the second inning of the second contest, an 11-2 Lindsey Wilson victory.

Whelan hit a solo homer in the first game and had a bases-clearing double in the five-run second inning in the second contest as well. Trampe doubled twice, plating runs both times, and scored twice in the second game.

Lyndsey Parden (6-2) picked up the win in the opener for the Blue Raiders, allowing four runs on six hits. She walked three and struck out six. Kristen Abell (5-4) took the loss for Cumberland, giving up six earned runs on eight hits with four walks and two strikeouts.

Jordan Hood (6-2) struck out seven and gave up just three hits in five innings for the win in the second contest. Leah Newsome (2-8) took the loss for CU, allowing three earned runs on eight hits in two-plus innings.

Whelan drilled a solo homer with two outs in the first inning and Trampe, Bailey Mize and Travatia Bowden followed with consecutive singles, plating a run for a 2-0 LWC advantage after an inning in the opening game.

Sydney Fourman drew a leadoff walk and Ericka Clifford reached on a throwing error by Abell on a bunt attempt. Jenna Firestein beat out a bunt as well, loading the bases. Fourman scored on a groundout by Chelsea Showers and Clifford came across on a ground ball from Whelan, extending the Blue Raiders lead to 4-0.

In the fourth Showers drew a one-out walk and went to second on a wild pitch. She scored on a two-out single to left by Trampe.

LWC added two more runs in the fifth, starting with a one-out single by Fourman. Clifford singled to leftcenter and the runners moved up on the throw to third. Firestein grounded to first and Tessa Tomaselli’s throw to the plate was late, with pinch-runner Ashley Evans sliding in ahead of the tag, and Clifford came across on a groundout by Showers for a 7-0 lead.

The Bulldogs got on the board in the sixth after a leadoff walk to Vienna Benavides and a bunt single from Tomaselli. With one out Rasmussen lifted a high fly ball to left that just cleared the eight-foot wall for her second homer of the season, cutting the deficit to 7-3.

Montgomery drilled a solo homer to leftcenter in the seventh and Benavides followed with a single. Tomaselli was ahead 3-1 in the count before popping up to end the opener, with LWC claiming a 7-4 victory.

Montgomery led off the second contest with a line drive down the rightfield line that just cleared the wall for her fifth home run of the year and an early lead for CU.

The Blue Raiders answered right back in their half of the inning, with Showers singling to center with one out and stealing second. Back-to-back doubles from Trampe and Mize, both to rightcenter, plated a pair of runs for a 2-1 LWC advantage.

Abbi Goedde led off the second inning with a walk for Lindsey Wilson and Hood singled to left with one out. Firestein hit a chopper off the glove of Tomaselli, loading the bases, and Showers grounded to short, but the ball went through the legs of Delgado into leftfield, scoring a run.

Whelan then doubled down the leftfield line, clearing the bases, and Trampe followed with a double to rightcenter, plating another run for a 7-1 Blue Raiders lead.

Cumberland got a run back in the third when Montgomery reached on an error, went to second on a groundout by Benavides and scored on Tomaselli’s single to right.

But LWC answered quickly again, with Goedde hitting a long fly ball to dead center to start the bottom of the inning for an 8-2 lead.

In the fourth Trampe and Bowden were both hit and Fourman walked with two outs, loading the bases. Hood singled to center, scoring two runs, and the ball got under the glove of Madison Gonzalez and rolled to the wall. Firestein then hit a single to the leftside, plating the final run of the game.

Cumberland begins a four-game series this weekend at the University of the Cumberlands on Friday at 2 p.m. Central Time. The clubs finish the series Saturday at 10 a.m. CT.

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Cumberland Softball sweeps a pair from SSU

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Cumberland Softball sweeps a pair from SSU

Posted on 22 March 2015 by Allen

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Kassydi Montgomery and Tessa Tomaselli belted home runs and Leah Newsome picked up her first win in the second game and Vienna Benavides went 6-for-6 in the doubleheader sweep for Cumberland over Shawnee State, 8-0 and 4-3, in softball action Saturday at the CU Softball Field.

The Bulldogs (6-10, 2-0 Mid-South) scored five times in the fourth inning and three runs in the fifth to end the opener early. CU trailed 1-0 headed to the fifth in the second contest before Montgomery’s line drive tied the game. Benavides followed with a single before Tomaselli’s first homer of the season made it a 3-1 lead for the home team.

Cumberland added an insurance run in the sixth, which came in handy in the final inning when the Bears (4-4, 0-2) used two hits and two walks as well as a sacrifice fly to cut the deficit to one. Newsome got the final two outs, the last one on a groundout to Tomaselli, to preserve the win.

Newsome tossed 6.2 innings, allowing one run on four hits with one walk and two strikeouts. Crystal Bryant started the seventh, but Newsome came on the clean up the mess for her first victory of the season.

SSU’s Alex Bowers (1-2) gave up four runs on seven hits with two strikeouts in the defeat.

Benavides was 3-for-3 in both contests, driving in a run and scoring once in the opener and scoring again in the second game.

Madison Gonzalez, Katelyn Nowakowski, Sydney Broderick and Benavides all plated runs with singles in the five-run fourth innings for the Bulldogs in the opener. Brittany Rasmussen drove home two runs with a double and then scored on Montgomery’s single two batters later to end the game.

Kristen Abell tossed a three-hit shutout in the win, walking two and striking out three. SSU’s Allie Chapman (2-2) suffered the loss, allowing eight runs on 14 hits with six strikeouts.

Abell stranded four runners in the first three innings before Cumberland finally broke through in the fourth in the opener.

Benavides led off with a single and Tomaselli doubled to leftcenter before a bloop single from Gonzalez down the rightfield line plated a run. Nowakowski then bunted right in front of the plate, with Tomaselli scoring on the play, and Broderick followed with a two-run single to right.

Rasmussen also singled and Brianna Gregory reached on an error, loading the bases for Benavides, who collected her second hit of the inning to drive home the final run of the frame.

In the fifth Nowakowski singled to center with one out and Delgado had a check-swing single to left with two outs, setting up Rasmussen, who doubled to rightcenter, scoring two runs. Montgomery’s soft single off the glove of the shortstop into leftcenter two batters later plated Rasmussen for the final run in an 8-0 victory.

Neither team did much in the first three frames in the second contest until the fourth when SSU’s Abbi Sparks led off with a single and Morgan McReynolds bunted. Montgomery tried to get the runner at second, but the throw was late, putting two on with nobody out.

Kelsey Jenkins moved the runners to second and third with a sacrifice bunt and Rachel Ash followed with an RBI single into short rightcenter, part of her 3-for-3 effort in the contest. That scored a run, but Newsome got a soft lineout to third and a popout to end the inning without any further damage.

Cumberland took the lead in the fifth thanks to the long ball, starting with Montgomery’s two-out line drive over the wall in leftcenter, her third home run of the season. Benavides singled to left before Tomaselli’s lifted a 1-0 pitch over the wall in left, her first of the year, for a 3-1 advantage.

In the sixth Giselle Delgado reached on a throwing error by SSU shortstop Hannah Dittoe and pinch-runner Alisa Walker went to second on Broderick’s sac bunt. Gregory lifted a soft single into center, but Walker had to hold up on the play, putting runners on the corners. The throw from centerfielder Jenkins got away at the plate, allowing Walker to score a very important insurance run.

Bryant struggled with her control in the seventh after allowing singled to Ash and Jordyn Pennington to start the inning. She walked Miranda Melvin, loading the bases, before getting a ground ball back to the circle, where she forced out the runner at the plate. Another walk to Hannah Thacker forced in a run and she fell behind Dittoe 3-and-1, prompting a change.

Dittoe flied to deep right against Newsome, driving in a run, before the final groundout from Sparks preserved the victory.

The same two teams finish the four-game series Sunday beginning at 11 a.m. before the Bulldogs play six games next week, all on the road.

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Kassydi Montgomery’s offense leads Cumberland to split

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Kassydi Montgomery’s offense leads Cumberland to split

Posted on 25 February 2015 by Allen

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Kristen Abell tossed a complete game and Kassydi Montgomery belted a two-run homer and drove in the winning run with a double in the eighth inning, as Cumberland split a doubleheader with Union University on a cold and wet Wednesday at the CU Softball Field.

The Bulldogs (1-1) dropped the first game, 10-2, with three errors leading to five unearned runs by Union (8-6). Abell worked around an error and stranded the bases loaded in the fifth and sixth innings to pick up the victory.

Kaleigh Pearce hit a line drive solo homer in the second inning and Montgomery’s two-run home run gave Cumberland a 3-2 edge in the third. The Bulldogs held onto the one-run lead until the seventh when Alex Williams dumped a two-out single into short rightfield, plating Summer Cross, who had singled with one out, and sending the contest to extra innings.

The eighth inning brought the international tiebreaker rule and Abell was able to strand Carter Mansolino at third base in the top of the inning.

In the bottom half Katelyn Nowakowski started at second and took third on a wild pitch. Vienna Benavides fouled out and Katelynn Stoll struck out before Montgomery’s shot to the wall that hit of the glove of Cross and fell to the turf, allowing the winning run to cross the plate for the win.

Abell (1-0) gave up three runs on seven hits with three walks and one strikeout. Her only punchout of the game came with the bases loaded and two outs in the seventh, a swinging third strike of Carlie Brickley to end the inning.

Kelly Robey (6-5) suffered the loss in relief, giving up an unearned run on three hits with eight strikeouts in 4.2 innings. Williams started the second game for Union, allowing three runs on three hits with five strikeouts.

Benavides singled twice for the Bulldogs, who had just six hits and stranded only one runner in the victory.

Williams belted a three-run homer in the first inning of the opener and Union plated five runs, two earned, in the fifth inning thanks to an error and a passed ball to break open another 3-2 contest. Whitney Christian collected three hits, drove in a run and scored another in the contest for Union and Madison Tennyson was 2-for-3 with two runs scored as well.

Robey got the win in relief in that contest as well, giving up one hit with six strikeouts in 4.1 innings.

CU starter Leah Newsome (0-1) suffered the loss, allowing five earned runs on 10 hits in 4.1 innings.

Union struck quickly in the first game, with Tennyson drawing a leadoff walk and Cross reaching when Giselle Delgado dropped the throw to first on a sacrifice bunt. Two batters later Williams’ line drive just cleared the centerfield wall for a 3-0 advantage for the visitors.

The Bulldogs cut into the deficit in the third when Stoll was hit with one out and Nowakowski dumped a single into short center. With two outs Madison Gonzalez drilled an 0-2 pitch into the gap in leftcenter, plating both runners to cut the Union lead to 3-2.

The flood gates opened in the fifth when Reagan Schrader singled to start the frame and Williams reached on an error by Montgomery. The runners went to second and third on Mansolino’s sac bunt and Schrader scored on a wild pitch.

Christian’s single between short and third plated Williams and Hailey Cummings followed with a single to left. Annette Castaldo then singled to rightcenter, scoring a run, and Nowakowski’s throw to the plate allowed Castaldo to take second on the play.

Emily Bennett’s grounder through the middle pushed across another run before Tennyson struck out but reached on a passed ball. Castaldo also scored on the passed ball for an 8-2 Union lead.

Union plated two more runs in the seventh, starting when Castaldo reached on a throwing error by Pearce. She went to second on a wild pitch and Tennyson singled with one put, putting runners on the corners. Cross’ groundout plated a run and Schrader drove home the final run of the game with a two-out single to center.

Union jumped on top again in the second game when Schrader hit a solo homer in the first inning, but Pearce’s solo shot to center tied the contest in the second.

Union reclaimed the lead with a run in the third thanks to back-to-back two-out doubles from Tennyson and Cross, but Benavides singled off the glove of Brickley in leftfield to start the bottom half and Montgomery drilled a 3-0 pitch well over the wall in rightcenter with one out for a 3-2 CU advantage.

Union loaded the bases in the fifth on two-out singles by Brickley and Tennyson and a walk to Cross, but freshman Brittany Rasmussen made a nice sliding catch on a line drive by Schrader to end the threat.

In the sixth Mansolino reached on an error and walks to Christian and Cummings loaded the bases again before Brickley’s strikeout.

Cumberland has changed its schedule for the coming weekend and will take on Taylor University in a single game Friday at Noon. The two teams will meet again Saturday at 10:30 a.m. followed by Taylor and Tennessee Wesleyan at 12:30 p.m. and the Bulldogs and Wesleyan at 2:30 p.m.

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Cumberland lands Torregano

Cumberland lands Torregano

Posted on 20 November 2014 by Allen

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Cumberland University softball coach Heather Stanfill announced the signing of Laurel, Md., native Imani Torregano to scholarship papers for the 2015-16 academic year.

Torregano is a three-year letterwinner at St. Vincent Pallotti High School, earning All-Conference and Team MVP honors as a junior. She is a member of the National Honor Society and a USSSA Who’s Who in Softball.

She has also lettered in field hockey and volleyball for the Panthers and is the daughter of Edward and Lisa Torregano. Imani is the first signee for the Bulldogs for the 2016 season.

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Lady Raiders top Cumberland

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Lady Raiders top Cumberland

Posted on 26 September 2014 by Allen

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Middle Tennessee softball enjoyed a successful night at the ballpark in the home opener of the fall season, defeating the Cumberland Bulldogs by a score of 8-0 after five innings.

The scoring began in the first inning for the Blue Raiders, as Alma Cortez scored on a wild pitch. Later in the inning, Lauren Riddell grounded out for out number two, but Danielle Munoz scored from third on the play.

The second inning had Cumberland going down in order thanks to two strikeouts in the inning by the pitcher, Megan Chocallo.

The fourth inning was the biggest for the Blue Raiders. Randi Cookus came around to score as Morgan Harris hit an RBI double to left field. Cortez lined one into the right center gap, which scored Harris from third and pinch-runner Marinna Shadley from second. A couple batters later, Munoz grounded out but plated Cortez. The very next at-bat, Riddell hit a double, scoring Birdsong and making it 8-0. MT boasted five runs on five hits in the fourth inning.

The fifth inning was scoreless for both teams, which made the score 8-0 in favor of the Blue Raiders after regular play. The teams then proceeded to play five more innings of situational play where the Blue Raiders outscored the Bulldogs 8-4.

The fall season will continue for MT on Saturday, September 27 at Columbia State. The Blue Raiders’ next home game will be on October 8 against Trevecca at 6 p.m.

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Roper garners Second Team All American honors

Roper garners Second Team All American honors

Posted on 02 June 2014 by Allen

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The awards continue to pile up for junior softball player Jessica Roper, who was tabbed Second Team All-American, the NAIA announced over the weekend.

The Bellflower, Calif., native had previously been named to the First Team All-Mid-South Conference squad, the Mid-South Player of the Year and was awarded the conference’s Champions of Character winner.

Roper ranked in the top 50 in the nation in both hits (74) and batting average (.438) this season and added 47 RBIs, six home runs and 12 doubles on the season. She also threw out seven runners on 21 attempts behind the dish, as the squad’s catcher.

Saint Xavier hurler Nicole Nonnemacher was named NAIA Pitcher of the Year and Olivet Nazarene’s Hannah Gardner earned Player of the Year honors.

Cumberland finished the season with a program-record 38 victories en route to a second-place finish in the Mid-South Conference Championships, where Roper batted .313 with five hits, three RBIs and four runs scored.

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Cumberland Softball sign Delgado, Gonzalez

Cumberland Softball sign Delgado, Gonzalez

Posted on 23 May 2014 by Allen

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Cumberland University softball coach Heather Stanfill announced the signing of Giselle Delgado and Madison Gonzalez to scholarship papers this week for the 2015 season. Delgado and Gonzalez are the eighth and ninth signees for the Bulldogs for next season. Delgado earned Second Team All-Conference honors as a freshman at St. Petersburg College in Clearwater, Fla.

The Orlando, Fla., native was a four-year letterwinner for coach Shannon Johnson at Ocoee High School, garnering All-Metro accolades as a junior and Defensive Player of the Year honors as a junior and senior. She was earned the Coach’s Award as a freshman and MVP honors as a sophomore at OHS.

Delgado was a Student Athletic Trainer and a member of the Student Government Association and the National Honor Society. She is the daughter of Cecilia Delgado and Alejandro Delgado.

Gonzalez garnered Second Team All-Conference honors in both of her years of junior college – as a freshman at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Fla., and as a sophomore at St. Petersburg College.

The Tampa native was a four-year letterwinner for coach Bobby Diez at Chamberlain High School, earning First Team All-State accolades as well as First Team honors All-Western Conference, All-SunCoast and All-Hillsborough County. She was named All-State Tournament as well after going 4-for-6 with four home runs and 11 RBIs.

Gonzalez batted .333 with 21 runs scored, six doubles, two triples, seven homers and 33 RBIs as a senior at CHS. She was a member of the National Latin Honor Society, Student Government and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She is the daughter of Marianne Diaz and Robert Gonzalez.

Delgado and Gonzalez join Leah Newsome, Maryah Cohen, Alisa Walker, Vienna Benavides, Brittany Rasmussen, Kristen Abell and Brianna Gregory in this year’s recruiting class.

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Newsome inks with CU softball

Newsome inks with CU softball

Posted on 14 May 2014 by Allen

Cumberland

Cumberland softball coach Heather Stanfill announced the signing of Siegel High School product Leah Newsome to scholarship papers this week for the 2015 season.

Newsome lettered for coach Perry Lyons at SHS, earning First Team All-District and All-District Tournament honors, posting a 22-9 mark with a 2.18 ERA as a senior. She garnered Daily News Journal Pitcher of the Year honors this season. Newsome also batted .364 with six doubles, one triple and one home run for the Stars.

She is the daughter of Robert Newsome and Crystal Andrews. Newsome joins Maryah Cohen, Alisa Walker, Vienna Benavides, Brittany Rasmussen, Kristen Abell and Brianna Gregory in this year’s recruiting class.

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Bulldogs survive and advance in Mid-South opening round

Bulldogs survive and advance in Mid-South opening round

Posted on 01 May 2014 by Allen

Cumberland

Cumberland exploded for four runs in the sixth inning to break open a 2-1 game, and held on, working out of a bases loaded jam in the seventh to win the Mid-South Conference Championships opening round, 6-4, over the University of Rio Grande on Thursday at Millennium Park.

Recently-named Mid-South Conference Player of the Year Jessica Roper went 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored in the contest. Senior Emily Nicholson and freshman Tessa Tomaselli each added 2-for-4 days.

Senior starting pitcher Courtney Maynard (20-9) earned the victory, shutting down the RedStorm for the first six innings. After a rocky seventh, the Lancaster, Tenn., native allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits while also striking out six.

It was Roper who began a two-out rally in the first to put the Bulldogs on the board. The Bellflower, Calif., native smashed a hard liner down the left field line and cruised into second with a double.

Nicholson followed with a hard shot that skipped off the glove of the Rio Grande shortstop for an error which allowed Roper scamper home and give CU a 1-0 advantage.

Rio Grande went down in order in the opening inning but answered with a run in the bottom of the second. Jenna Jones led off the inning with a double, moved to third on a passed ball and scored on a groundout to tie things at one.

Cumberland loaded the bases with three straight singles in the third from Roper, Nicholson and Broderick, and freshman Tessa Tomaselli delivered a sacrifice fly to center field and Roper scored for the second time in the game and put the Bulldogs back ahead, 2-1.

The Bulldogs and RedStorm traded scoreless innings in both the fourth and the fifth, before CU broke things open with four runs in the top of the sixth. After a leadoff single from Tomaselli, Rio Grande worked a pair of outs and seemed on the way out of the jam.

A pair of wild pitches put Tomaselli on third and a walk to pinch hitter Crystal Bryant made it runners on the corners. Senior Devon Jamerson picked a perfect time to get her first hit of the game, delivering a two-RBI double to the right-center gap.

Senior Shawnee Kirk and Roper each backed that up with RBI singles of their own, scoring Jamerson and Kirk, who moved to second on a throw after her single. When the dust settled, Cumberland led the contest, 6-1.

Rio Grande responded with a run in the bottom of the frame from a Cheyenne Hamaker, but Maynard worked out of a two-on, one-out jam in the frame, earning a strikeout to put the inning to bed.

The RedStorm again made noise in the seventh inning, loading the bases and scoring a pair before an out was recorded to chase Maynard. Senior Jessica Lozano was called upon to close out the contest. With runners on first and second, the Wilmington, Calif., native worked a flyout.

On the final play of the game, Lozano drew another fly ball to center field. Inexplicably, the runner on second base took off for home. Junior Katelynn Stoll made the catch and threw on to Jamerson at second to put an end to the contest.

Cumberland now faces the tough challenge of taking on top-seeded and nationally-ranked No. 9 Lindsey Wilson with a chance to advance to the winner’s bracket final. The contest is set for a 10 a.m. Eastern Time start.

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Roper named TSWA Player of the Week

Roper named TSWA Player of the Week

Posted on 29 April 2014 by Allen

Cumberland

Junior Jessica Roper was slated as the Tennessee Sports Writers Association Player of the Week on Tuesday after leading the Cumberland softball squad to a 5-1 week to close out the regular season.

The Bellflower, Calif., native batted .471 in six games during the week, collecting eight hits on 17 at-bats. Roper knocked in six runs, scored five times, had a pair of doubles and a home run.

Roper was 1-for-3 with a double in a 3-2 victory over St. Catharine College and followed that performance with three runs scored and a pair of RBIs in game two, a 13-3 Cumberland win.

On Friday, Roper began a stretch of four straight games behind the plate in two days. She collected a hit and an RBI in a 12-8 win over Shawnee State. The junior erupted on Saturday versus the University of Rio Grande, combining to go 5-for-5 in a doubleheader, with two RBIs, two runs scored, a double and a homer.

For the season Roper leads the Bulldogs with a .451 batting average as well as 19 walks and has posted 11 doubles, five homers and 44 RBIs with 39 runs scored in 52 contests.

CU opens play in the Mid-South Conference Championships on Thursday versus No. 4-seeded Rio Grande. Cumberland will act as the No. 5 seed in the three-day, double-elimination tournament which concludes on Saturday. CU and URG square off in the opening round at 9:30 a.m. CT.

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