Lady Bulldogs drop twin bill to Georgetown
Updated Mar 22, 2014 at 12:14 AM
Cumberland scored just four runs in two games en route to a pair of defeats at the hands of Georgetown College on Friday at the CU softball field in Mid-South Conference action.
The Bulldogs were blanked, 3-0, in the opening game and dropped the second contest, 5-4, while collecting just 13 hits combined in the two games.
Georgetown jumped out 1-0 in the second inning of game one on an infield single from Taylor Shaw. Shaw plated teammate Cassidy Taylor, who reached on a fielder’s choice, moved to second on a groundout and headed to third on a passed ball.
Shaw tripled two innings later with Taylor aboard again to give the Tigers a 2-0 advantage, and first baseman Shelby Engle made it a three-run game with a home run to left field in the seventh.
Meanwhile, the Bulldogs struggled offensively, failing to collect more than one hit in any inning. CU ran themselves out of an inning in the sixth on a line drive double play and never had a runner reach third base.
In the circle, CU starter Courtney Maynard received the loss, though put on a solid performance. The Lancaster native scattered seven hits in the complete-game, while allowing the three runs (all earned) and striking out five.
Maynard was outdueled by Georgetown starter Kayla Williams, who moved to 5-3 on the season. Williams completed the seven-inning shutout, allowing just six hits and striking out three and not walking a batter.
Cumberland finally found some offense in the opening frame of game two, plating three runs on three hits and an error. Freshman Kassydi Montgomery was the benefactor of the error to open the game and advanced to second on a Devon Jamerson single.
Sydney Broderick followed with a walk and Jessica Roper drove home the first run with a single up the middle. Redshirt senior Emily Nicholson followed with an RBI single to right, and senior Sarah Murray capped the inning with a sacrifice fly.
Facing its first deficit of the day, Georgetown responded immediately with three runs in the top of the second. Taylor added her third RBI of the day, Marissa Massie brought home another on an infield single and Taylor Shaw made it 3-3 with an RBI groundout.
The Tigers took the lead in the third with an RBI double from Shelby Engle, and added an insurance run in the sixth. That run came on a bait play with runners on first and third, as Taylor stopped halfway between first and second and got in a rundown, as Sandy Young scampered home.
Murray added a run for Cumberland in the bottom of the frame to cut the lead in half, singling and advancing to second on a throw home. The Georgetown catcher attempted to throw Murray out but the ball eluded the shortstop and Shawnee Kirk scored.
However, GC starter Jessica Claxton worked out of a walk and a single in the final inning to solidify the victory. Claxton moved to 7-2 on the season, as CU starter Caroline Curran fell to 1-2 with the loss.
Cumberland will return to action at the CU softball field with a doubleheader versus the University of the Cumberlands today. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m.