Cumberland broke out for 13 hits in the first game of a doubleheader versus Georgia Gwinnett, but left 10 runners aboard in an 11-8 defeat and ran out of daylight in game two as the contest ended in a 3-3 draw on Tuesday at the CU softball field.
Senior Devon Jamerson went 4-for-6 between the two games, scoring three runs while knocking in a pair. Four others collected multiple hits in the opening game, but the offensive onslaught was exceeded by the Grizzlies, who collected 12 hits and left just six on base.
Georgia Gwinnett plated a pair in the first and two more in the third, as Heaven Hinton knocked in the first three runs of the game. The senior doubled in two in the first inning and singled in the third to plate another. Alycia Fields knocked in the fourth run on a fielder’s choice.
Cumberland senior Courtney Maynard was roughed up for all 11 runs (10 earned) in a complete-game loss. Her 12 hits allowed and 11 runs were each season-worsts.
The Bulldogs cut the deficit in half during the bottom of the third after three straight singles with one out. Katelynn Stoll, Jamerson and Megan Kelley combined to load the bases, and junior Sydney Broderick made it 4-1 with an RBI fielder’s choice. Jessica Roper followed with a single to plate another.
The comeback was short-lived, as the Grizzlies extended their lead again to four in the following frame. Brittany Bruns and Ingram each knocked in a run.
CU countered with its biggest inning of the afternoon, plating five runs to take its first lead of the contest. Five straight singles and a double from Jamerson made it 6-5 before GGC recorded the first out of the inning.
With Stoll on third, Kelley knocked in a run to tie the game at 6-6 on a sacrifice fly. Two batters later, Emily Nicholson plated another with a two-out single to bring home Jamerson to give the Bulldogs a 7-6 advantage.
The Bulldogs enjoyed a lead for exactly six batters, as Georgia Gwinnett answered with a five-run inning of their own. Following an RBI single and a fielder’s choice which plated another, Marlee Morales capped the rebuttal with a three-run home run to left field.
CU threatened in the final frame, loading the bases and scoring a run, but reliever Kayla Byrom induced a 1-2-3 double play to end the threat and earn her ninth victory of the season. Byrom worked four innings in relief, allowing just one run on four hits.
Game two was marked with much less excitement, as the late afternoon sun began to set.
Georgia Gwinnett again took an early advantage. The Grizzlies opened with an RBI double from Fields, who scored when Hinton singled immediately following.
CU answered in the first when Roper singled up the middle to plate Jamerson. Jamerson reached on a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Kelley.
After a scoreless second, Georgia Gwinnett added an insurance run in the third. Fields knocked in her second run of the game on a perfectly-executed squeeze.
Cumberland responded in the third, tying the game on a two-RBI single from Broderick. Jamerson and Kelley each scored after opening the inning with singles.
Each squad collected two hits in the fourth and one in the fifth, but neither team would put a runner past second in the final two innings, as darkness took over and forced the game to come to its early conclusion.
Senior Caroline Curran went the full seven frames in the circle for the Bulldogs in the no decision. The Bradenton, Fla., native scattered nine hits and walked a pair. Byrom again worked in relief for the Grizzlies, holding the Bulldogs scoreless over the final 2.1 innings.
Cumberland will return to action in a Mid-South Conference twin bill versus St. Catharine set for Friday at 1 p.m.