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Cumberland duo earns Mid-South Softball Players of the Week honors

Staff Reports • Dec 15, 2015 at 2:41 PM

COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Cumberland senior Emily Nicholson is the Mid-South Conference Softball Player of the Week and her senior teammate Courtney Maynard is the MSC Pitcher of the Week, conference officials announced on Monday.

The weekly honors are the first of the season for both.

Nicholson led the Bulldogs to a 6-0 record last week while hitting .500 (10-for-20) with three home runs and 12 runs batted in to earn the conference’s player of the week honor.

The White House catcher also scored six runs, had four doubles and amassed an 1.150 slugging percentage last week.

In a doubleheader sweep of Campbellsville, Nicholson went 5-for-6 with a home run and three RBIs. In Cumberland’s 18-0 win over Bluefield, she was 3-for-5 with a home run and five RBIs. Nicholson also homered in the second game of the doubleheader with Bluefield.

Nicholson is tied for the Mid-South lead with 32 RBIs this season. She is third in home runs (6), fourth in hits (27), sixth in slugging percentage (.806) and seventh in batting average (.435). Nationally, Nicholson is seventh in RBIs and 16th in home runs.

Maynard won three times last week, including posting a pair of complete-game shutouts to earn the Mid-South’s top weekly pitching honor.

The Lancaster native finished the week 3-0 with a 1.05 earned run average in 20 innings of work. Maynard struck out 24 while walking just three en route to improving to 9-1 on the season.

Maynard opened her week with a 4-3, complete-game win over Campbellsville - which is receiving votes in the national poll. She struck out a season-high eight in the win while allowing just three hits.

Over the weekend, Maynard added two complete-game shutouts in wins over Bluefield and Pikeville. She fanned seven in an 18-0, five-inning win over Bluefield and struck out six in a 10-0, five-inning win over Pikeville. Maynard also pitched three innings in the second game of the Bluefield doubleheader, earning a no decision.

Maynard leads the Mid-South in wins (9), ERA (1.34) and is tied for the conference lead in innings pitched (68). She ranks third in both strikeouts (52) and opponent’s batting average (.203). Maynard’s nine wins ranks 10th in the NAIA.

Cumberland is 17-3 overall and 8-2 in the Mid-South with last week’s wins.

CU softball pushes back Lindsey Wilson doubleheader

The Cumberland softball schedule has been amended this week as Sunday’s washout and more impending weather and cold temperatures on Monday has prompted Monday’s scheduled doubleheader versus Lindsey Wilson at the CU softball field to be pushed back to Tuesday.

The two teams will meet at 1 p.m. for the opening game of the twin bill. Lindsey Wilson enters the contest atop the Mid-South Conference standings, boasting an 18-2 record, a perfect 4-0 mark in conference play and a No. 11 national ranking.

The Bulldogs, meanwhile, are sporting an impressive eight-game win streak and a 21-7 overall record with an 8-2 tally in the Mid-South. Cumberland is coming off a pair of conference doubleheader sweeps over Bluefield and Pikeville.

Audio and live stats will still be available for both games at GoCumberlandAthletics.com/live.

Lady Bulldogs win eighth straight in twin-bill sweep

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – Junior Kaleigh Pearce hit two runs in game one and senior Devon Jamerson went 3-for-4 with a triple and two doubles as Cumberland pushed its winning streak to eight games with two Mid-South Conference victories over Pikeville, 10-0 and 7-1, on Saturday at Paul Butcher Field.

Pearce gave the Bulldogs a 3-0 lead in the second inning of the first game with a three-run shot to right center. Senior Shawnee Kirk and Sarah Murray set the table for the Cross Plains native with back-to-back singles with one out in the inning.

Pikeville held CU scoreless in the third with a clean inning, but the Bulldogs tacked on two more in the fourth, all with two outs. Murray opened the stanza with her third home run of the season. Pearce made it back-to-back with her second homer of the game.

Starting pitcher Courtney Maynard worked out of her lone jam in the bottom of the frame. After walking the leadoff hitter and inducing a groundout, the senior walked the next batter and allowed a single to load the bases with just one out. She responded with an eight-pitch strikeout and another groundout to end the threat.

CU used the momentum of the fourth to break the contest open in the fifth and would-be final inning. Freshman Kassydi Montgomery led off the frame with a single up the middle and Jamerson followed with a single.

Junior Sydney Broderick made it three straight hits with another single to load the bases, and redshirt junior Jessica Roper pushed it to 7-0 with a two-RBI single. Following a pair of outs, Murray reached on an error which brought Broderick home.

Katelynn Stoll knocked in a run with an infield single one batter later as Roper scored and Murray scampered home on the throw to first to make it 10-0 in favor of the Bulldogs.

Maynard worked a perfect fifth to end the contest and move to 9-1 on the season. The Lancaster native scattered five hits in the game, walked a pair and struck out six.

CU jumped out quickly in the first inning of game two as Broderick homered to left field to open up a 2-0 lead. Jamerson scored on the play after her first of a pair of doubles in the game.

After a scoreless second, Jamerson stayed hot in the third, with a triple following a Stoll single to extend the lead to 3-0. Shawnee Kirk made it 4-0 with an RBI fielder’s choice to plate Jamerson.

UPike scored its first run of the day in the fifth when center fielder Brandi Jo Howard tripled with two outs, shrinking the deficit to 4-1.

Cumberland responded with two more in the sixth to break the game open. Broderick reached on a fielder’s choice and Roper followed with a single to set the table for redshirt senior Emily Nicholson. The White House native answered with her first hit of the game, a two-RBI double down the left-field line.

Following a Jamerson double in the seventh, Broderick put a cap on the scoring with an RBI single, bringing the score to rest at 7-1. 
Senior Jessica Lozano (7-1) earned the victory after working six strong innings, allowing just one run on four hits while striking out eight. Senior Caroline Curran closed the game with a 1-2-3 seventh in relief.

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