Pitching dominates in Lady Dawg sweep

Staff Reports • Dec 17, 2015 at 6:17 PM

Cumberland pitching did not allow an earned run in 14 innings, and combined to allow just 11 hits as the Bulldogs took a pair of Mid-South Conference games, 3-0 and 7-2, versus Pikeville on Friday at the CU softball field.

Senior Courtney Maynard pitched a complete-game shutout en route to the 3-0 win in game one and fellow seniors Caroline Curran and Jessica Lozano each allowed just an unearned run in the game two victory.

Devon Jamerson was not retired in six plate appearances on the day, coming up a double short of hitting for the cycle in the two games combined. The Antioch, Calif., native went 5-for-5 with a home run, a triple, four runs scored, an RBI and a walk during the twin bill.

CU (24-11, 12-8 Mid-South) found itself in a pitching duel in the opening game, as Pikeville (7-18, 3-13) starter Sydney Morris went toe-to-toe with Maynard for much of the contest.

Jamerson got the Bulldogs on the board in the third inning with a leadoff solo shot to right-center field. What looked like a shot in the gap kept carrying over the wall, as Cumberland jumped ahead, 1-0.

Cumberland added another run in the fifth, also aided by the senior second baseman. Jamerson opened the inning with a ball down the left field line that just evaded the outstretched glove of left fielder Mackenzie Summers for a leadoff triple. Senior Shawnee Kirk immediately took advantage with a sac fly to right field.

Juniors Kaleigh Pearce and Katelynn Stoll took advantage of a two-out error in the sixth to plate the final run of the game. Pearce reached on an error with two away, and scored with Stoll doubled to left field.

Maynard took care of the rest, retiring the Bears in order in the seventh to put a cap on the victory and move the Lancaster native to 13-5 on the season.

Getting the start in game two on her 22nd birthday, Curran made it a happy occasion during six innings of work. The Bradenton, Fla., native went six innings, allowing four hits and just the one run in the victory.

The CU bats were much hotter in game two, as the club registered 13 hits, the most for the Bulldogs in nearly two weeks. 
It took until the third inning for Cumberland to put a crooked number on the board. Trailing 1-0 after a run in the first, the Bulldogs erupted, tallying four runs in the frame.

Senior Victoria Bennett opened the inning with a leadoff single and Jamerson followed with a free pass. A throwing error allowed Bennett to score and put runners on second and third. Emily Nicholson and Sydney Broderick each followed with RBI singles and, one out later, Pearce also singled home a run.

One inning later, CU broke the game open with a three-run frame to push the lead to 7-1. Crystal Bryant opened with a pinch-hit single and moved to second on a perfect sacrifice bunt from Bennett. Jamerson made it first and third with her second hit of the game and stole second on the first pitch to Kirk. Kirk immediately singled home a run which was followed by a Nicholson RBI infield single. Senior Sarah Murray knocked in the final run with a two-out single up the middle.

Pikeville added a run on an error in the seventh inning, but Lozano closed the door with two on and one out, working back-to-back groundouts to third ending the threat.

Eight Cumberland seniors will be honored in a doubleheader at the CU softball field today in another Mid-South doubleheader versus Bluefield. Game one is set to begin at noon, with all recognitions being made at the conclusion of the twin bill.

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