ST. CATHARINE, Ky. – After a third straight game with just four hits—a 2-1 defeat in game one—the Cumberland bats finally appeared, as the Bulldog softball team broke out for 10 runs on 10 hits in a 10-0 six-inning defeat on the road versus St. Catharine on Wednesday at Salt River Electric Field.
Senior Devon Jamerson went 3-for-3 with four runs scored, a walk, and a pair of doubles in the game. Fellow senior Shawnee Kirk continued her hot-hitting with a 2-for-3 game, including a three-run home run.
Senior starting pitcher Caroline Curran delivered one of her top performances of the season, a four-hit shutout in the complete game victory. Curran went six innings, walked just one and did not allow a single runner to reach third.
The Bulldogs (22-11-1, 10-8 Mid-South) plated one in the first after a leadoff walk from Jamerson. Kirk advanced the runner with a sacrifice bunt, before an Emily Nicholson RBI-double gave the Bulldogs a 1-0 advantage.
CU opened up the game with a four-run third inning thanks to five Bulldog hits. Senior Victoria Bennett opened the inning with a single up the middle and Jamerson followed with her first of two doubles. Shawnee Kirk made it 4-0, still with no outs, on her big fly to left field.
Jessica Roper kept things going with a single back through the box, chasing SCC starter Tiffany Wickline. Roper moved to second on an error, Kaleigh Pearce singled and Megan Kelley reached on a fielder’s choice to plate the final run of the inning.
Jamerson led off the fourth inning with a single to left field and scored three batters later on an RBI sacrifice fly from Nicholson. Sydney Broderick made it 7-0 in favor of the Bulldogs with an RBI single in the same stanza.
Cumberland put the game away with a three run sixth, beginning with another leadoff double from Jamerson. An error and a fielder’s choice loaded the bases for Nicholson, who drew a walk to knock in her third run of the game. Pearce plated another on an error and Kelley knocked in the final run on a sac fly, giving CU a 10-0 lead.
St. Catharine (11-18, 7-13) did all of its damage in the opening two frames of game one, score a run in each inning. Taylor Steff scored the opening run for the Patriots, drawing a two out walk before stealing second. Shelbi Thornhill followed with a single to give SCC the 1-0 advantage.
Jessie Crouch opened the second with a bunt single, but remained on first for a strikeout and a flyout. With two away, Tiffany Wickline and Ramie Goldey recorded back-to-back singles, as the Patriots took a 2-0 lead.
Cumberland loaded the bases in the fourth with no outs, the club’s best changes to put up a crooked number. Instead, St. Catharine starter Krystal Cammuse retired the next three with a strikeout, pop out and another strikeout to blank the Bulldogs.
CU turned a leadoff walk into a run in the fifth, its lone run of the contest. Katelynn Stoll opened the frame with the free pass, and Devon Jamerson moved her over with a sacrifice bunt. Shawnee Kirk followed with a double, though Stoll was unable to score, waiting to see if the ball would be caught in left field. Roper plated the run with a sac fly.
The Bulldogs again loaded the bases in the seventh inning, this time with two away. Cammuse again earned a pop fly to put an end to the contest. With the win, Cammuse moved to 3-8 on the season. Cumberland starter Courtney Maynard fell to 12-5.
Cumberland will return to action Friday in a Mid-South matchup with Pikeville. The Bulldogs will then celebrate Senior Day on Saturday, honoring the seven seniors on the squad. Friday’s twin bill is set to begin at 1 p.m.