CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – Six home runs, including three in one inning, were too much to overcome as the Cumberland softball squad fell in a pair of games via run-rule defeats at the hands of Campbellsville in Mid-South Conference action on Tuesday at Veterans Memorial Park.
The Tigers hit one home run in game one, a 9-1 victory, before busting out for five big flies in game two, including a grand slam, en route to an 11-3 win to push the home squad to 33-15 and 20-10 in Mid-South Conference play. The Bulldogs fell to 28-15-1 and 14-12 in the Mid-South.
Campbellsville opened up a three-run advantage in game one, scoring on an unearned run in the third inning before a pair of singles from Kate Black and Brittany Rippy plated a pair in the fourth off CU starter Courtney Maynard.
The Lancaster, Tenn., native suffered her worst loss of the season, going 5.2 innings, allowing eight runs (six earned) on 11 hits, while striking out three. Maynard fell to 15-8 in the loss.
Cumberland’s lone run came in the fifth inning, as senior Devon Jamerson struck out with one away but reached first on a wild pitch. Shawnee Kirk followed with a single and both runners moved up on another wild pitch. Redshirt junior Jessica Roper added an RBI single to plate Jamerson, cutting the deficit to two.
It took Campbellsville no time to answer, as Sarah Paragon drew a walk in the bottom of the frame and Andrean Jordan followed with a two-run shot over the left field fence.
The tigers put the game away in the sixth, scoring on a passed ball and an RBI single, as Paragon doubled home the final run of the game, bringing the contest to its final score, 9-1.
Campbellsville took no time at all to jump on top in game two, scoring a run in the first inning thanks to an error. Shortstop Brittany Rippy made it 3-0 in the second inning with a home run to left center.
After a scoreless third, Cumberland responded with one of its lone offensive bright spots in the fourth. Following a hit batter to lead off the frame, senior Emily Nicholson laced a no-doubt homer down the left field line, as the Bulldogs cut the lead to one.
A Sydney Broderick walk and a sacrifice bunt from Tessa Tomaselli followed before Katelynn Stoll tied the contest with a single to left-center field.
The tie was short-lived, as the Tigers launched three home runs in the bottom of the stanza. With the bases loaded and one away, Kristin Benton made it 7-3 with a grand slam and, one out later, Heather Oakley and Paragon went back-to-back to make it 9-3 in favor of the home club.
Benton opened the sixth inning with her second big fly of the game to give the Tigers a 10-3 lead and, with two runners aboard, her twin sister Erin Benton brought the game to a close with an RBI single.
Cumberland starter Jessica Lozano (7-3) took the loss, allowing nine runs (eight earned) on nine hits in 3.2 innings. Senior Caroline Curran closed the game, pitching the final two-plus innings, allowing a pair to score.
Cumberland will return to action in the midst of an eight-game road stretch with a Friday doubleheader versus the University of the Cumberlands. The road trip will come to a close at Georgetown College on Saturday. First pitch of Friday’s twin bill is set for 2 p.m. CDT.