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Bulldog bats quiet in doubleheader sweep

Bulldog bats quiet in doubleheader sweep

Posted on 19 April 2014 by Allen

Cumberland

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.

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Home runs lead Campbellsville to twinbill sweep over CU

Home runs lead Campbellsville to twinbill sweep over CU

Posted on 16 April 2014 by Allen

Cumberland

Six home runs, including three in one inning, were too much to overcome, as the Cumberland softball squad fell in a pair of games via run-rule defeats at the hands of Campbellsville University in Mid-South Conference action on Tuesday at Veterans Memorial Park.

The Tigers hit one homer in game one, a 9-1 victory, before busting out for five big flies in game two, including a grand slam, en route to an 11-3 win to push the home squad to 33-15 and 20-10 in Mid-South Conference play. The Bulldogs fell to 28-15-1 and 14-12 in the Mid-South.

Campbellsville opened up a three-run advantage in game one, scoring on an unearned run in the third inning before a pair of singles from Kate Black and Brittany Rippy plated a pair in the fourth off CU starter Courtney Maynard.

The Lancaster, Tenn., native suffered her worst loss of the season, going 5.2 innings, allowing eight runs (six earned) on 11 hits, while striking out three. Maynard fell to 15-8 in the loss.

Cumberland’s lone run came in the fifth inning, as senior Devon Jamerson struck out with one away but reached first on a wild pitch. Shawnee Kirk followed with a single and both runners moved up on another wild pitch. Redshirt junior Jessica Roper added an RBI single to plate Jamerson, cutting the deficit to two.

It took Campbellsville no time to answer, as Sarah Paragon drew a walk in the bottom of the frame and Andrean Jordan followed with a two-run shot over the left field fence.

The tigers put the game away in the sixth, scoring on a passed ball and an RBI single, as Paragon doubled home the final run of the game, bringing the contest to its final score, 9-1.

Campbellsville took no time at all to jump on top in game two, scoring a run in the first inning thanks to an error. Shortstop Brittany Rippy made it 3-0 in the second inning with a home run to left center.

After a scoreless third, Cumberland responded with one of its lone offensive bright spots in the fourth. Following a hit batter to lead off the frame, senior Emily Nicholson laced a no-doubt homer down the left field line, as the Bulldogs cut the lead to one.

A Sydney Broderick walk and a sacrifice bunt from Tessa Tomaselli followed before Katelynn Stoll tied the contest with a single to left center field.

The tie was short-lived, as the Tigers launched three home runs in the bottom of the stanza. With the bases loaded and one away, Kristin Benton made it 7-3 with a grand slam and, one out later, Heather Oakley and Paragon went back-to-back to make it 9-3 in favor of the home club.

Benton opened the sixth inning with her second big fly of the game to give the Tigers a 10-3 lead and, with two runners aboard, her twin sister Erin Benton brought the game to a close with an RBI single.

Cumberland starter Jessica Lozano (7-3) took the loss, allowing nine runs (eight earned) on nine hits in 3.2 innings. Senior Caroline Curran closed the game, pitching the final two-plus innings, allowing a pair to score.

Cumberland returns to action in the midst of an eight-game road stretch with a Friday doubleheader versus the University of the Cumberlands. The road trip will come to a close at Georgetown College on Saturday. First pitch of Friday’s twinbill is set for 2 p.m. CT.

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CU collects 32 hits in doubleheader sweep of Bluefield

CU collects 32 hits in doubleheader sweep of Bluefield

Posted on 14 March 2014 by Allen

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Redshirt senior Emily Nicholson knocked in seven runs and freshman Kassydi Montgomery and redshirt junior Jessica Roper each plated six as the Cumberland softball squad scored 28 runs on 32 hits in a pair of run-rule victories over Bluefield College on Friday at Linda K. Epling Stadium.

The two squads squared off on an all-turf baseball facility home to the West Virginia Miners, a collegiate summer ball team in the Prospect League, as the Bluefield Softball Field was inundated with snow during the week.

Cumberland (17-3, 6-2 Mid-South) scored early and often in game one, a five-inning 18-0 victory. The Bulldogs scored three in the first, five in the second, three in the third to jump out to an early 11-0 lead.

Montgomery led off the game with a single into left centerfield and moved to second on a passed ball. Devon Jamerson reached first on a walk, and one batter later, Roper singled through the right side to give the Bulldogs a lead.

Jamerson scampered home two pitches later on a wild pitch with Nicholson at the plate and the first baseman followed with an RBI single to bring home Roper.

Montgomery got in on the RBI action with a single up the middle in the second inning, bringing home Katelynn Stoll, who stood on second after a one-out double. Back-to-back singles from Jamerson and Sydney Broadrick loaded the bases for Roper, who knocked in another run on a groundout.

With two on and two out, Nicholson followed with a shot over the left field wall on a 3-0 count to push the advantage to 8-0.

An error and a single from Kaleigh Pearce put a pair of runners on in the third inning, bringing Montgomery back up to the plate. The Hendersonville, Tenn., native promptly lifted the first pitch she saw out of the park to give CU an 11-0 lead.

The hit parade continued in the fourth when the Bulldogs brought 11 hitters to the plate en route to a second five-run frame. Doubles from Nicholson, Sarah Murray and Tessa Tomaselli brought home the first two runs with just one out in the inning.

Megan Kelley followed with another double to plate Tomaselli, and Jamerson made it 15-0 with the fifth two-bagger of the inning. A throwing error allowed one more run to score in the fourth.

Tomaselli notched the third round tripper for Cumberland with one away in the fifth, and Kelley scored four batters later on another error, the final score of the 18-0 game.

On the mound, redshirt senior Courtney Maynard scattered four hits during her third complete-game shutout of the season. The Lancaster, Tenn., native struck out seven and did not walk a batter in the victory, which pushed her to 8-1 on the season.

The Bulldogs were blanked for the first time all afternoon in the first inning of game two, but responded with a four-spot in the second stanza. Roper and Nicholson began the inning with a single and a walk and, in a sacrifice attempt, Shawnee Kirk reached on an error which brought Roper home.

Freshman Katelyn Nowakowski made it 2-0 with an RBI double, and Montgomery added two more with a two-out single in the left-center field gap.

CU did not score again until the fifth, but added three more in the frame. Following a leadoff double from Broderick, Roper laced a ball that just stayed inside the third base line for an RBI double. Nicholson followed with her second home run of the day, a two run shot to left center.

Bluefield score its first run of the day in the bottom of the fifth. After starting pitcher Aline Uehara reached on a fielder’s choice and stole second, Ciera Conkle reached on an infield single. In a heads up play, Uehara advanced to third on contact and headed home on the throw to first.

In what would be the sixth and final inning, Kelley opened the frame with a single to right and Jamerson followed with a bunt single. After an out, Roper connected on her fourth home run of the season to give the Bulldogs a 10-1 advantage.

Senior Jessica Lozano (6-1) earned the victory in the circle for CU, pitching three innings and allowing just a pair of hits. The Wilmington, Calif., native struck out five and walked four. Maynard shut the door in the final three innings, allowing the unearned run while striking out three.

Cumberland travels to the University of Pikeville on Saturday for another Mid-South Conference twinbill. First pitch for game one is set for noon CT.

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Long Ball Lifts Lady Bulldogs

Long Ball Lifts Lady Bulldogs

Posted on 12 March 2014 by Allen

Cumberland

Kassydi Montgomery hit a walk-off solo homer in the seventh inning in the first game and Cumberland belted four homers in the second contest, with the Bulldogs sweeping a doubleheader from Campbellsville University, 4-3 and 11-3, on a cold and windy Wednesday afternoon here at the CU Softball Field.

The Bulldogs (13-3, 4-2 Mid-South) led in both games but had to score twice in the bottom of the sixth to tie the opener at three after Campbellsville (19-7, 6-2) plated three runs in the top of the inning to take the lead.

Jessica Roper reached on an infield single to start the inning and Emily Nicholson followed with a double down the leftfield line, promoting a pitching change by the Tigers. Shawnee Kirk then hit a ball off the end of the bat up the middle, through the legs of Tiger pitcher Martina Riney and then off the glove of shortstop Brittany Rippy near the second base bag.

Roper scored easily on the play and the ball bounced into short leftcenter off Rippy’s glove, allowing Nicholson to come around with the tying run. Montgomery, who left the first game with a knee injury in the third inning, re-entered and sent a high drive into leftcenter on the second pitch. The gale force wind carried it over the wall with the winning run for the Bulldogs.

Courtney Maynard (7-1) retired 13 straight batters after a two-out single in the first for Cumberland before running into trouble in the sixth. Campbellsville scored three runs on two hits and the aid of a hit batter and a walk, but the senior picked up the victory, allowing three runs on three hits with eight strikeouts.

Riney (1-2) suffered the loss, allowing one run on one hit in one-plus inning. Campbellsville starter Victoria Decker gave up three runs on seven hits in five-plus innings.

The Tigers scored twice in the first inning in the second game but Cumberland answered with a run in the bottom of the inning and Montgomery hit an absolute missile about 20 feet off the wall of Labry Hall in the second to give CU the lead for good.

Emily Nicholson homered in the third, a line drive over the centerfield wall, and the Bulldogs led 5-2 before a solo homer from Campbellsville’s Sarah Paragon in the sixth cut the advantage to two. But the home team responded with six runs in the bottom of the frame to end the contest, starting with a solo shot by Devon Jamerson, her first career round-tripper.

Shawnee Kirk doubled home two runs before Sarah Murray’s two-run blast to leftfield made it a 10-3 contest. Kaleigh Pearce singled and Crystal Bryant walked before Montgomery ended the game with an RBI single to right.

Cumberland pounded out 18 hits in the victory, including three apiece from Jamerson, Nicholson, Kirk and Murray. Montgomery drove in three runs and Nicholson, Kirk and Murray each had two RBIs, while Murray scored three times.

All of the offense was more than enough for Jessica Lozano (5-1), who settled down after the first two innings and struck out seven in the final four frames. She allowed three runs on four hits, walked three and hit a batter.

Campbellsville starter Taylor Wroe (6-1) took the loss, giving up five runs on seven hits in 2.1 innings.

Cumberland hits the road this weekend for doubleheaders at Bluefield College and the University of Pikeville and returns home next Monday, facing 11th-ranked Lindsey Wilson at 1 p.m.

Cumberland led 1-0 in the first game after plating a run in the fourth, but stranded five runners in the first four innings of the contest.

Roper doubled to lead off the fourth and Nicholson followed with a short single to rightcenter, allowing pinch-runner Katelyn Nowakowski to score.

But Campbellsville struck for three runs in the sixth, starting with Rippy was hit. Shelby Ray put down a sacrifice bunt before a walk to Kristin Benton, who entered the game batting .494. Alyssa Barker then singled to left, plating one run, and the throw to the plate allowed both runners to move into scoring position.

Heather Oakley, who collected two of the club’s three hits in the game, followed with a two-run single to center, giving the Tigers a 3-1 edge, setting up the Cumberland comeback.

Campbellsville scored first in the second game, as Benton drew a leadoff walk and Barker doubled to left. Benton scored when Kirk fumbled the ball in leftcenter and after a wild pitch, Paragon put down a squeeze bunt, plating the second run of the inning for the visitors.

Jamerson singled with one out in the bottom of the inning and stole second. Roper walked with two outs and Nicholson delivered a two-out RBI single to leftcenter, cutting the deficit in half.

In the second Murray led off with a single and Pearce laid down a sacrifice bunt. With two outs Montgomery’s line drive homer off the wall of Labry Hall gave the Bulldogs a 3-2 advantage.

CU added to the lead in the third when Nicholson hit a one-out solo homer to center, her fourth of the season. Kirk’s single to center ended the day for Wroe, but Murray greeted reliever Courtney Turpin with a single to left. Katelynn Stoll’s two-out single to center plated another run for a 5-2 edge.

It stayed that way until Paragon’s homer in the top of the sixth, though Cumberland left the bases loaded in the fourth.

In the bottom of the sixth Jamerson led off with a homer to left, the ball just clearing the wall. Roper reached on an error by Ray at second base and Nicholson doubled, putting runners on second and third. Kirk hit a line drive double to rightcenter, scoring both runners, before Murray’s two-run shot to left as well.

Pearce then singled and Bryant walked before Montgomery’s final RBI single ended the contest.

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Bulldog pitching leads to twinbill sweep over Bryan College

Bulldog pitching leads to twinbill sweep over Bryan College

Posted on 04 March 2014 by Allen

Cumberland

Senior starting pitcher Courtney Maynard threw a four-hit shutout and senior Jessica Lozano added a complete game, allowing just five hits and a run as the Cumberland softball team completed a two-game sweep of Bryan College here Tuesday at the CU Softball Field.

Maynard did not allow a run to cross the plate, striking out four and walking none in the 9-0 win, which ended in five innings because of the run rule. The Lancaster, Tenn., native moved to 6-1 on the season, improving earned run average to a team-best 1.88.

Lozano was nearly as dazzling in game two, striking out four and walking just one while allowing an unearned run in the final inning of a 3-1 win.

The Bulldogs (11-3), as they have nearly all season long, began with a bang, bringing home five runs in the opening inning. Freshman Kassydi Montgomery opened the first with a single down the left field line and, two pitches later, swiped second base.

Senior Devon Jamerson followed with an RBI double that landed at the base of the left-center field wall to put Cumberland ahead, 1-0. After an out and a Jessica Roper single, a throwing error from the third baseman brought home Jamerson and made it 2-0. Sarah Murray added an RBI single to plate Roper, and she and Nicholson scored two batters later as Kaleigh Pearce ripped a two-out, two-RBI single, pushing the lead to 5-0.

After batting around in the first, Montgomery lead off the second inning with another first-pitch single, and Jamerson notched her second hit of the game with an infield single. A fielding error loaded the bases for Roper, who made it 6-0 on a fielder’s choice groundout. Nicholson added a sacrifice fly in the inning to make it 7-0.

The Bulldogs went scoreless in the third, but extended the lead to run-rule capacity in the fourth. Sydney Broderick lifted her first hit of the game to right field with one away, and Roper followed with a double. Murray made the score 9-0 with a one-out single to left-center field.

A clean frame in the fifth from Maynard brought the game to a close in the right-hander’s seventh complete game and second shutout of the season.

The Bulldogs’ bats fell asleep in the second game, as the club collected just six hits, but took advantage of six free passes to score enough in Lozano’s solid outing.

CU manufactured a pair of runs in the second, taking advantage of an error from the Lions. Roper advanced to first to lead off the inning thanks to a fielding error at second base, and moved to second on a Nicholson groundout.

Murray made it first and third with an infield single and moved to second with a stolen base. Shawnee Kirk brought home the first run with a sacrifice fly, and Pearce added a two-out RBI single on a pop fly which fell just beyond the outstretched arms of the shortstop.

Two hits and a pair of walks made it 3-0 in the fourth inning. Roper led off the stanza with a free pass and, acting as the flex player in the game, Lozano came on to pinch run for the designated player. Nicholson followed with a single and Kirk singled as well to load the bases. Pearce worked a nine pitch, RBI walk to bring home CU’s final run of the game.

Bryan made it interesting in the final inning, after a fielding error and a single left runners on first and second. In her first at bat of the season, pinch hitter Katie Burnett lifted a double to the left-center field wall to score a run.

On the same play, Rebecca James, who began the sequence on first base attempted to move first to third. Kirk denied that privilege with a frozen rope of a throw to Montgomery at third who calmly applied the tag for out number two. Lozano put it away one batter later, inducing a fly ball to center field.

Cumberland now entertains its longest break throughout the rest of the schedule, an eight-day layoff before taking the field again. The Bulldogs will square off in a Mid-South Conference battle with Campbellsville University, a game postponed from Monday. Game time of the twin bill is set for 1 p.m.

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Cumberland splits MSC opener at Rio Grande

Cumberland splits MSC opener at Rio Grande

Posted on 28 February 2014 by Allen

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Senior starting pitcher Courtney Maynard threw a complete game, allowing just two hits and one run while striking out four as the Cumberland softball team split a doubleheader versus the University of Rio Grande to open Mid-South Conference Play at the Rio Softball Complex.

The Lancaster, Tenn., native threw three perfect innings, allowing both of her hits in the fourth while walking a batter in the fifth, before working a pair of clean frames in the sixth and seventh to earn her fourth victory on the season.

Cumberland opened the game with a run in the first inning, a feat the squad has accomplished in four of the last six games. Kassydi Montgomery opened the stanza with a walk and was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Devon Jamerson.

Sydney Broderick followed with a single to push Montgomery to third and Roper added an RBI single to left field to bring the lead runner home.

CU was scoreless for the next five innings, as the RedStorm brought the game even with a pair of hits in the fourth. The lone run came on a two-out RBI single from Ariel Roder, who roped a single up the middle to plate Cheyenne Hamaker.

The Bulldogs’ big inning came in the seventh when the club rallied to push three runs home. Montgomery again led the charge with a leadoff single, and Jamerson attempted to sacrifice. Instead, the senior reached when an errant throw sailed wide of the second baseman covering first.

The play left runners on first and third and, an out and a walk later, Emily Nicholson delivered with a single that skipped past the third baseman to score a pair. Sarah Murray followed with a single to move Nicholson to third and Shawnee Kirk brought home the third run of the inning with a sacrifice fly.

Cumberland run production all but disappeared in the second game, when the squad left six runners aboard and went 1-for-5 with runners in scoring position.

The Bulldogs did get another first inning run thanks to a two-out rally, culminating in an RBI single from Nicholson. Crystal Bryant got things started with a single and moved to second on a wild pitch. Following a walk to Roper, Nicholson punched a line drive back up the middle to score the first run of the game.

Rio Grande answered immediately with a run in the bottom of the inning, as Jenna Jones doubled to the right-center field fence to bring home one.

Roper brought home one of her own in the third inning, plating Jamerson who reached on an infield single. She then stole second, and moved to third on a fly out from Bryant. Roper lifted a fly ball to deep center and CU took a 2-1 advantage.

Again, the RedStorm answered in the same inning, knocking in a run on a groundout with a runner on third. The home team took the lead one inning later. With two on and no outs, senior Jessica Lozano came on to pitch for the Bulldogs.

Lozano struck out the first two batters she faced, but, with two away, Hamaker sent a single to left field, scoring both runners to give Rio Grande what would be the game winning RBIs.

CU brought the game within one in the sixth when Kirk tripled down the right field line to bring home Stoll, but could not get any closer, leaving a runner stranded in the seventh.

Senior Caroline Curran took the loss in the circle, her first of the season. Curran worked three innings, allowing five hits and for runs while striking out three. Lonzano pitched three innings in relief and did not surrender a run.

CU is back in action Saturday in Mid-South Conference play versus Shawnee State. The Bulldogs and Bears will square off in a twinbill beginning at 10 a.m. ET.

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Alisa Walker signs with Cumberland

Alisa Walker signs with Cumberland

Posted on 27 February 2014 by Allen

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Cumberland University softball coach Heather Stanfill announced the signing of Knoxville, Tenn., native Alisa Walker to scholarship papers this week for the 2014-15 academic year. Walker becomes the fifth signee for the Bulldogs for next season.

Walker is a three-year letterwinner for coach Leonard Sams at Bearden High School in Knoxville, accumulating a career batting average of .387 and a career on-base percentage of .512 during her three seasons for the Bulldogs. She earned the Warrior Award as a freshman at BHS and has also lettered two years in cross country.

She is the daughter of Andy and Angela Walker. Her father lettered two seasons at Cumberland in baseball during the program’s transition to a four-year institution in the mod-80’s.

Walker joins Vienna Benavides, Brittany Rasmussen, Kristen Abell and Brianna Gregory in this year’s recruiting class.

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Cumberland Softball lands Maryah Cohen

Cumberland Softball lands Maryah Cohen

Posted on 27 February 2014 by Allen

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Cumberland University softball coach Heather Stanfill announced the signing of Highland, Calif., native Maryah Cohen to scholarship papers this week for the 2014-15 academic year. Cohen is the sixth signee for next season for the Bulldogs, a team that has eight seniors this season.

Cohen is a four-year letterwinner for coach Debbie Garcia at Redlands East Valley High School in Redlands, Calif. She batted .428 last season with a .615 batting average for REVHS and led her high school and travel teams (Sudden Impact) in batting average and on-base percentage. She also served as team captain during her sophomore and juniors years.

She is the daughter of Ken and Elizabeth Cohen and her father played football at Florida State.

Cohen joins Alisa Walker, Vienna Benavides, Brittany Rasmussen, Kristen Abell and Brianna Gregory in this year’s recruiting class.

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Cumberland Softball wins two at Georgia Gwinnett

Cumberland Softball wins two at Georgia Gwinnett

Posted on 25 February 2014 by Allen

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Jessica Roper hit a three run home run in the fifth inning of game one and Jessica Lozano struck out eight batters in a complete game in game two as the Cumberland softball team completed a two-game sweep of Georgia Gwinnett on Monday at the Grizzly Softball Complex.

In the opening game, as the club has throughout the season thus far, the Bulldogs (5-1) jumped on top of GGC in the opening frame. Kassydi Montgomery drove a one-out triple to right center field to get things going and, following a walk from Jessica Roper, Emily Nicholson singled through the left side to break open the scoring.

Georgia Gwinnett (3-2) scored a run in the bottom of the frame to tie the contest and took the lead in the third inning. A fielding error allowed the first run to come home, before a double scored another, giving the Grizzlies a 3-1 advantage.

The score remained as such until the top of the fifth, when the Bulldog bats woke up to plate three more runs. Tessa Tomaselli started the inning with a walk but the next two hitters were retired. Sydney Broderick reinvigorated the inning with a single up the middle.

With two on and two out, Roper belted her first home run of the season, a no doubt shot over the right field wall to put the Bulldogs ahead, 4-3. Tomaselli added an insurance run in the sixth, a sacrifice fly to plate Kaleigh Pearce to push the score to 5-3, where the game would finish.

Starting pitcher Courtney Maynard (2-1) protected the lead in the final two innings, en route to her second victory of the season. The senior pitched seven innings, striking out three while not allowing a walk. She scattered seven hits and allowed three runs, just one earned.

Game two featured another hot start for Cumberland as the club plated three in the opening stanza, again with two outs. After a pair of fly outs, Broderick and Roper provided back-to-back doubles to plate one, and Nicholson followed with a single up the middle.

Crystal Bryant added an RBI single up the middle to plate Roper and Sarah Murray reached on an error to load the bases. Pearce delivered one final single to score one more and give CU a 3-0 early advantage.

A pair of RBI doubles in the second from Georgia Gwinnett drew the score to 3-2, until another breakout inning in the sixth by Cumberland put the Grizzlies away for good.

The inning began with a groundout to the pitcher, a single from Katelynn Stoll and a strikeout, setting up another two-out rally for the club. Montgomery pushed the lead to two with an RBI double before Broderick singled and Roper was intentionally walked to load the bases.

Nicholson made it 5-2 with an RBI single, and Bryant again delivered, this time with a single down the right field line to knock in two more as the Bulldogs to a 7-2 advantage, the game’s final score.

Lozano (2-0) put the game away on the mound with four strikeouts in the final two innings to erase any hope of a comeback. Lozano allowed just two runs (both earned), scattering six hits and walking a pair.

CU returns to action Tuesday for a doubleheader with Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, Ga. The first pitch is set for 3 p.m. ET.

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Bulldogs split doubleheader with Taylor University

Bulldogs split doubleheader with Taylor University

Posted on 21 February 2014 by Allen

Cumberland

Seniors Caroline Curran and Jessica Lozano combined for a five-hit shutout in the second game of a doubleheader as Cumberland beat Taylor University 2-0 to avenge a 4-2 loss in game one in softball action here Friday at the CU Softball Field.

For the second straight day, Cumberland (3-1) jumped on the scoreboard in the opening frame of game one as three straight singles knocked in a run. Redshirt sophomore Megan Kelley started the rally with a one-out single to left center, and junior Sydney Broadrick added a single up the middle.

Redshirt junior Jessica Roper completed the damage with another single back up the box, and Cumberland led 1-0 after an inning. The game remained as such until the top of the third, when the Trojans (3-1) went to work.

A pair of singles set up Mackenzie Hiers in the inning, who grounded out for the RBI to tie the game. Alex Lovelace followed with a single of her own as Taylor took a one-run lead. The two runs marked the first for senior starting pitcher Courtney Maynard on the season.

The Lancaster, Tenn., native took her first loss of the season, allowing four runs (two earned) on eight hits. Maynard (1-1) struck out three and did not walk a batter.

The Trojans added two more runs in the top of the fourth, both unearned. After a throwing error allowed a runner to reach second, Taylor’s Lauren Ehle delivered an RBI single, and starting pitcher Hannah Robbins helped her own cause with another RBI single. With two outs, the error meant both runs would be unearned.

CU got back a run in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI groundout courtesy of Roper, but Robbins (2-0) shut the door in the seventh, forcing three straight outs following a leadoff single from pinch hitter Crystal Bryant.

One inning made the difference in the second game as Cumberland put up a crooked number in the second, the lone runs of the contest.
A pair of singles from Roper and redshirt senior Emily Nicholson, and a hit batter, loaded the bases for Kassydi Montgomery, who delivered a single to plate Roper. After an out, Katelynn Stoll worked an RBI groundout for her first of the season.

Curran and Lozano were able to do the rest in the circle. Curran (1-0) earned the victory after working 5.1 innings, scattering our hits and walking one. The Bradenton, Fla., native also fanned four. Lozano earned her a five-out save – her first save of the season – after working out of a crucial jam in the sixth.

The Wilmington, Calif., native was called upon with one out in the sixth frame after a single and a double put the tying run in scoring position with one out. Lozano calmly struck out the first batter she faced before inducing an inning-ending groundout to escape the trouble.

Lozano allowed a walk and a one-out single in the seventh, but followed with a strikeout and a fly ball to left to put the game away.
Roper finished the doubleheader 3-for-6 with a pair of RBIs while Montgomery added a hit, an RBI and a run scored on the day. Stoll tacked on a hit and an RBI in four at-bats during the twinbill.

Cumberland takes to the road Monday for its first contest away from the CU Softball Field. The Bulldogs will do battle in a doubleheader with Georgia Gwinnett beginning at 2 p.m. Monday, before a 2 p.m. set with Emmanuel College on Tuesday.

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Cumberland  Softball sweeps season-opening doubleheader

Cumberland Softball sweeps season-opening doubleheader

Posted on 18 February 2014 by Allen

Cumberland

Redshirt senior Emily Nicholson collected six RBIs in a 4-for-6 day at the plate as the Cumberland softball team swept Union College, 2-0 and 5-4, in an opening day twinbill here Tuesday at the CU Softball Field.

Nicholson plated one in the first game and five more in game two, including the game-winning RBI in the bottom of the fifth inning. Tied at 4-4, Sydney Broderick singled to open the frame as Katelynn Stoll entered to pinch run for the catcher. Following a sacrifice bunt from Jessica Roper, Nicholson delivered the clutch RBI to give Cumberland (2-0) the lead.

Senior pitcher Jessica Lozano (1-0) took care of the lead, pitching 3.2 scoreless innings in relief, including perfect sixth and seventh innings to shut the door and earn her first victory on the young season.

The Bulldogs wasted no time getting on the scoreboard to open the season, plating a run in the bottom of the first in game one. Devon Jamerson reached on an error and advanced to second on a Megan Kelley sacrifice bunt. Following a groundout that moved Jamerson to third, Emily Nicholson singled with two outs to give Cumberland a 1-0 advantage.

That was the only damage starting pitcher Courtney Maynard (1-0) would need as the right handed senior blanked Union (2-4) in seven innings of work. Maynard scattered four hits throughout the contest, walking none while fanning three.

CU added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth to give Maynard some breathing room. Sydney Broadrick reached on an error, and Katelynn Stoll came on to pinch run. Following a walk from Jessica Roper and a wild pitch to advance Stoll, a groundout from Sarah Murray capped the scoring in the 2-0 win.

Nicholson delivered in the first inning of the second game as well, coming up clutch with two outs. With runners on first and second and two away, the redshirt senior blasted her first home run of the season to left field, giving the Bulldogs a 3-0 advantage.

The two squads traded runs in the third inning to push the score to 4-1. Nicholson recorded her fourth RBI of the game and fifth in the two-game set on a single to left field to plate Kassydi Montgomery.

Union evened the score in the top of the fourth inning, plating three runs to chase starting CU pitcher Caroline Curran. Back-to-back singles opened the stanza and a fielding error loaded the bases for Andrea Foster, who delivered a double to center field, bringing home all three runners.

Cumberland takes the road Monday, for the first of four dates and eight games away from home. Monday will feature a doubleheader against Georgia Gwinnett in Lawrenceville, Ga., before the Bulldogs travel to Franklin Springs, Ga., for a twinbill with Emmanuel College.

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