Celebrating Senior Day, the Cumberland softball team controlled a pair of contests in nearly every facet en route to 17-1 and 8-0 victories in Mid-South Conference play over Bluefield College on Saturday at the Cumberland Softball Field.
Seniors Victoria Bennett, Sarah Curran, Devon Jamerson, Shawnee Kirk, Jessica Lozano, Courtney Maynard, Sarah Murray and Emily Nicholson were honored following the two games.
Cumberland compiled 26 hits in two games while allowing just two during a pair of run-rule victories. The CU pitching staff worked 10 innings, allowing two hits, one run and two walks while striking out six.
Six different players collected multiple hits during the afternoon, including a three hit game from junior Kaleigh Pearce and a four-hit, five-RBI performance from freshman Tessa Tomaselli.
CU jumped out with a seven-run opening frame to take complete control right out of the gate. Jamerson led off with a single and moved to third on a double from Kirk. Jessica Roper was hit by a pitch to load the bases and Nicholson drew an RBI walk to take a 1-0 lead.
Sydney Broderick knocked in the second run with a single to left center and Pearce added an RBI infield single to make it 3-0. A two-RBI double from Murray extended the lead to 5-0 with no outs in the inning. Tomaselli added a single up the middle to plate Pearce and give the Bulldogs a comfortable 6-0 advantage. An error allowed the final run of the frame to score, making it 7-0 after one.
The Bulldogs added another on an RBI single from Bennett in the second and piled on four more in the third. Roper began the rally with a one-out single up the middle and Nicholson reached on a fielder’s choice that saw both runners safe.
The two moved up on a passed ball and scored on an infield single from Broderick. Pearce added a run with an RBI double to the right center field gap and, one batter later, Tomaselli doubled in nearly the same spot to knock in another.
Bluefield registered its first hit and first run in the same at bat during the fourth inning. After a walk to Ciera Conkle and a perfect sacrifice bunt from Natasha Smith, Brienna Sparks delivered a single down the left field line and Conkle slid into home just ahead of the throw.
Jamerson opened the bottom of the fourth with a double to right center and scored one pitch later when Kirk laced a single to the same gap. Following a walk to Katelynn Stoll, Crystal Bryant delivered her second hit of the game, an RBI single up the middle, putting the Bulldogs ahead 14-1.
Freshmen Katelyn Nowakowski and Tessa Tomaselli combined to plate three more in the same frame on an RBI single from Nowakowski, followed by a two-RBI double from Tomaselli, her fourth and fifth RBIs of the game, as CU took a 17-1 advantage.
Courtney Maynard earned the victory, allowing just one hit and a run in four innings of work. The Lancaster, Tenn., native struck out three and walked a pair. Senior Caroline Curran worked an inning of relief, working a perfect fifth to put an end to the contest.
Jamerson stayed hot in the opening inning of game two, leading off with a double to right center. Roper singled to give CU a 1-0 lead before Nicholson launched a laser that nearly hit the scoreboard in left center field, putting the Bulldogs ahead 3-0 after one.
Following the Bulldogs failure to score for the first time all afternoon in the second, CU responded with two more in the third. Kirk opened the frame with a leadoff walk and Roper followed with an RBI double down the left field line. Pinch runner Crystal Bryant advanced to third on a sac fly and scampered home on a fielding error during a fly ball from Broderick.
Needing three runs to put things away in the fifth inning, CU needed just three batters to bring the contest to an end. Kirk led off the inning with a home run over the left field fence to make it 6-0. Following an error allowing Bryant to reach, Nicholson put the game away with her second big fly of the game.
Caroline Curran earned the victory, working three innings while allowing just one hit. Senior Jessica Lonazo closed things out with two perfect innings in the fourth and fifth.
Cumberland returns to action on Tuesday for a non-conference doubleheader at home versus Tennessee Temple. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m.