Kassydi Montgomery hit a walk-off solo homer in the seventh inning in the first game and Cumberland belted four homers in the second contest, with the Bulldogs sweeping a doubleheader from Campbellsville University, 4-3 and 11-3, on a cold and windy Wednesday afternoon here at the CU Softball Field.
The Bulldogs (13-3, 4-2 Mid-South) led in both games but had to score twice in the bottom of the sixth to tie the opener at three after Campbellsville (19-7, 6-2) plated three runs in the top of the inning to take the lead.
Jessica Roper reached on an infield single to start the inning and Emily Nicholson followed with a double down the leftfield line, promoting a pitching change by the Tigers. Shawnee Kirk then hit a ball off the end of the bat up the middle, through the legs of Tiger pitcher Martina Riney and then off the glove of shortstop Brittany Rippy near the second base bag.
Roper scored easily on the play and the ball bounced into short leftcenter off Rippy’s glove, allowing Nicholson to come around with the tying run. Montgomery, who left the first game with a knee injury in the third inning, re-entered and sent a high drive into leftcenter on the second pitch. The gale force wind carried it over the wall with the winning run for the Bulldogs.
Courtney Maynard (7-1) retired 13 straight batters after a two-out single in the first for Cumberland before running into trouble in the sixth. Campbellsville scored three runs on two hits and the aid of a hit batter and a walk, but the senior picked up the victory, allowing three runs on three hits with eight strikeouts.
Riney (1-2) suffered the loss, allowing one run on one hit in one-plus inning. Campbellsville starter Victoria Decker gave up three runs on seven hits in five-plus innings.
The Tigers scored twice in the first inning in the second game but Cumberland answered with a run in the bottom of the inning and Montgomery hit an absolute missile about 20 feet off the wall of Labry Hall in the second to give CU the lead for good.
Emily Nicholson homered in the third, a line drive over the centerfield wall, and the Bulldogs led 5-2 before a solo homer from Campbellsville’s Sarah Paragon in the sixth cut the advantage to two. But the home team responded with six runs in the bottom of the frame to end the contest, starting with a solo shot by Devon Jamerson, her first career round-tripper.
Shawnee Kirk doubled home two runs before Sarah Murray’s two-run blast to leftfield made it a 10-3 contest. Kaleigh Pearce singled and Crystal Bryant walked before Montgomery ended the game with an RBI single to right.
Cumberland pounded out 18 hits in the victory, including three apiece from Jamerson, Nicholson, Kirk and Murray. Montgomery drove in three runs and Nicholson, Kirk and Murray each had two RBIs, while Murray scored three times.
All of the offense was more than enough for Jessica Lozano (5-1), who settled down after the first two innings and struck out seven in the final four frames. She allowed three runs on four hits, walked three and hit a batter.
Campbellsville starter Taylor Wroe (6-1) took the loss, giving up five runs on seven hits in 2.1 innings.
Cumberland hits the road this weekend for doubleheaders at Bluefield College and the University of Pikeville and returns home next Monday, facing 11th-ranked Lindsey Wilson at 1 p.m.
Cumberland led 1-0 in the first game after plating a run in the fourth, but stranded five runners in the first four innings of the contest.
Roper doubled to lead off the fourth and Nicholson followed with a short single to rightcenter, allowing pinch-runner Katelyn Nowakowski to score.
But Campbellsville struck for three runs in the sixth, starting with Rippy was hit. Shelby Ray put down a sacrifice bunt before a walk to Kristin Benton, who entered the game batting .494. Alyssa Barker then singled to left, plating one run, and the throw to the plate allowed both runners to move into scoring position.
Heather Oakley, who collected two of the club’s three hits in the game, followed with a two-run single to center, giving the Tigers a 3-1 edge, setting up the Cumberland comeback.
Campbellsville scored first in the second game, as Benton drew a leadoff walk and Barker doubled to left. Benton scored when Kirk fumbled the ball in leftcenter and after a wild pitch, Paragon put down a squeeze bunt, plating the second run of the inning for the visitors.
Jamerson singled with one out in the bottom of the inning and stole second. Roper walked with two outs and Nicholson delivered a two-out RBI single to leftcenter, cutting the deficit in half.
In the second Murray led off with a single and Pearce laid down a sacrifice bunt. With two outs Montgomery’s line drive homer off the wall of Labry Hall gave the Bulldogs a 3-2 advantage.
CU added to the lead in the third when Nicholson hit a one-out solo homer to center, her fourth of the season. Kirk’s single to center ended the day for Wroe, but Murray greeted reliever Courtney Turpin with a single to left. Katelynn Stoll’s two-out single to center plated another run for a 5-2 edge.
It stayed that way until Paragon’s homer in the top of the sixth, though Cumberland left the bases loaded in the fourth.
In the bottom of the sixth Jamerson led off with a homer to left, the ball just clearing the wall. Roper reached on an error by Ray at second base and Nicholson doubled, putting runners on second and third. Kirk hit a line drive double to rightcenter, scoring both runners, before Murray’s two-run shot to left as well.
Pearce then singled and Bryant walked before Montgomery’s final RBI single ended the contest.