LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. – Jessica Roper hit a three run home run in the fifth inning of game one and Jessica Lozano struck out eight batters in a complete game in game two as the Cumberland softball team completed a two-game sweep of Georgia Gwinnett on Monday at the Grizzly Softball Complex.
In the opening game, as the club has throughout the season thus far, the Bulldogs (5-1) jumped on top of GGC in the opening frame. Kassydi Montgomery drove a one-out triple to right center field to get things going and, following a walk from Jessica Roper, Emily Nicholson singled through the left side to break open the scoring.
Georgia Gwinnett (3-2) scored a run in the bottom of the frame to tie the contest and took the lead in the third inning. A fielding error allowed the first run to come home, before a double scored another, giving the Grizzlies a 3-1 advantage.
The score remained as such until the top of the fifth, when the Bulldog bats woke up to plate three more runs. Tessa Tomaselli started the inning with a walk but the next two hitters were retired. Sydney Broderick reinvigorated the inning with a single up the middle.
With two on and two out, Roper belted her first home run of the season, a no doubt shot over the right field wall to put the Bulldogs ahead, 4-3. Tomaselli added an insurance run in the sixth, a sacrifice fly to plate Kaleigh Pearce to push the score to 5-3, where the game would finish.
Starting pitcher Courtney Maynard (2-1) protected the lead in the final two innings, en route to her second victory of the season. The senior pitched seven innings, striking out three while not allowing a walk. She scattered seven hits and allowed three runs, just one earned.
Game two featured another hot start for Cumberland as the club plated three in the opening stanza, again with two outs. After a pair of fly outs, Broderick and Roper provided back-to-back doubles to plate one, and Nicholson followed with a single up the middle.
Crystal Bryant added an RBI single up the middle to plate Roper and Sarah Murray reached on an error to load the bases. Pearce delivered one final single to score one more and give CU a 3-0 early advantage.
A pair of RBI doubles in the second from Georgia Gwinnett drew the score to 3-2, until another breakout inning in the sixth by Cumberland put the Grizzlies away for good.
The inning began with a groundout to the pitcher, a single from Katelynn Stoll and a strikeout, setting up another two-out rally for the club. Montgomery pushed the lead to two with an RBI double before Broderick singled and Roper was intentionally walked to load the bases.
Nicholson made it 5-2 with an RBI single, and Bryant again delivered, this time with a single down the right field line to knock in two more as the Bulldogs to a 7-2 advantage, the game’s final score.
Lozano (2-0) put the game away on the mound with four strikeouts in the final two innings to erase any hope of a comeback. Lozano allowed just two runs (both earned), scattering six hits and walking a pair.
CU returns to action Tuesday for a doubleheader with Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, Ga. The first pitch is set for 3 p.m. ET.