Senior Shawnee Kirk went a combined 3-for-6 in two games but the Cumberland softball team collected just nine hits during the twinbill en route to 5-1 and 2-1 defeats at the hands of Georgetown College on Saturday at Tiger Stadium.
The Bulldogs never led in game one, scoring just once in the final inning to avoid the shutout. Georgetown got on the board in the second, manufacturing a run. After a leadoff single and a stolen base, Cassidy Taylor singled home the first run of the game.
The Tigers broke the game open with a crooked number in the fourth, opening up the lead to 5-0. After a pair of outs to start the frame, GC earned a walk and a hit batter to put runners aboard. The home squad followed with an RBI single, a two-RBI triple and an RBI double with the next three batters.
Cumberland starter Courtney Maynard (16-9) took the loss during the complete game. The Lancaster, Tenn., native allowed the five earned runs on 10 hits, but struck out seven batters. GC starter Kayla Williams earned the victory to move to 10-5 on the season.
Game two featured much of the same lack of offensive firepower, though Georgetown also found runs at a premium. The Tigers finally got on the scoreboard with a two-out RBI double from Sandy Young in the fourth.
CU returned the favor in the fifth, plating a run to tie the game. Senior Sarah Murray led off the inning with a single and Devon Jamerson reached on a single. Shawnee Kirk advanced to first after being hit by a pitch to load the bases. Redshirt junior Jessica Roper brought the run home with an RBI sacrifice fly.
The score remained locked at one until the final frame, when Georgetown brought the contest to a close with a walk-off single. An error allowed the leadoff batter to reach bases and a single put runners on first and second.
Following a sacrifice bunt, Taylor Shaw delivered what seemed to be a game-winning single, however the runner on third was forced to hold to see if the ball would be caught and Katelynn Stoll delivered a strike to the plate as Sydney Broderick applied the tag for the second out.
Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, the elation was short-lived, as Chelsea Riney answered with a single back up the middle which brought the game to a close with Georgetown earning the 2-1 victory.
Senior Jessica Lozano was fantastic in the circle for the Bulldogs, working six innings and allowing just two runs (one earned) on seven hits. The Wilmington, Calif., native took the tough-luck loss to fall to 8-4 this season.
Jessica Claxton earned the win in the circle for the Tigers, allowing one run on four hits and striking out eight to move to 12-4 on the year.
Cumberland returns to the friendly confines of the CU Softball Field to conclude the regular season with three doubleheaders in Mid-South Conference play. The homestand begins with a twinbill versus St. Catharine College on Tuesday, beginning at 1 p.m.