Seniors Caroline Curran and Jessica Lozano combined for a five-hit shutout in the second game of a doubleheader as Cumberland beat Taylor 2-0 to avenge a 4-2 loss in game one in softball action 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 native who prepped at Gordonsville High 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 twin bill.
Cumberland will take 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 on Tuesday.