WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. – The Cumberland softball team collected 37 hits in two games, including five home runs and five doubles, as the Bulldogs coasted to a pair of victories, 13-2 and 10-5, over the University of the Cumberlands on Friday at Gene Mosley Field.
Senior Devon Jamerson collected five hits over two games, going 5-for-9 from the leadoff spot and hitting a pair of homers, knocking in five runs and scoring on three occasions. The Antioch, Calif., native was one of 10 players to record at least one multi-hit game during the doubleheader.
The Bulldogs (30-15, 16-12 Mid-South) found themselves in an early deficit in game one, as the Cumberlands (13-24, 10-14) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the opening frame. CU would follow by scoring the next 13 runs of the contest.
Cumberland took the lead in the second inning, posting a four-spot on five hits. Senior Emily Nicholson opened the frame with a walk and moved to second on a single from Sydney Broderick. Junior Kaleigh Pearce knocked in the first CU run of the game with an RBI double.
With still no outs in the inning, Tessa Tomaselli, Sarah Murray and Victoria Bennett followed with back-to-back-to-back RBI singles, pushing the Bulldogs ahead, 4-2. CU went scoreless in the third but added two more runs in the fourth.
Murray opened up the inning with a walk, Bennett reached on a bunt single and senior Shawnee Kirk set the table with a single through the right side to load the bases. Redshirt junior Jessica Roper ripped a single down the left field line to plate Murray and, one batter later, Broderick added an RBI single through the left side.
A pair of home runs continued the offensive onslaught in the fifth, as Tomaselli launched her second big fly of the year, a solo shot to left field and Jamerson went deep three batters later with a two-run bomb over the left field fence.
Nicholson gave CU a 10-2 lead with a leadoff home run in the sixth and the Bulldogs would proceed to add three more in the inning. After a double from Pearce and a single from Tomaselli and a wild pitch to score Pearce, freshman Crystal Bryant lifted the first home run of her young Bulldog career to left, bringing the game to its final score.
Senior starter Courtney Maynard worked out of a jam in the final frame following a one-out error to complete her 20th complete game of the season. The Lancaster native moved to 16-8 on the season, scattering nine hits while allowing a pair of earned runs and fanning three.
CU wasted no time jumping out in game two, putting a pair on the board in the first. With one out in the inning, Kirk, Roper, Nicholson and Broderick recorded four straight singles to score a run before Pearce added a sacrifice fly to bring home another.
The Cumberlands responded with a run in the bottom of the frame on an RBI single from Ashleigh Hopf to score Kayla Crisp.
The Bulldogs went scoreless in the second, but added single runs in the third and fourth innings. Tomaselli recorded an infield RBI single in the third to plate Pearce and Roper single home Jamerson in the fourth, setting CU up with a 4-1 advantage.
Jamerson broke the game wide open in the fifth with a three-run shot, her second homer of the afternoon. Junior Katelynn Stoll and Bennett each singled to set up Jamerson’s blast to left field.
The Cumberlands’ first baseman Bethany Davis cut the CU lead to four with a two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth, bringing Crisp home, as well.
Cumberland went scoreless again in the sixth, but broke things open again in the seventh with three more runs. Nicholson used a two-RBI single in the final stanza to make it 9-3, before Broderick brought home another run with a single in the right-center field gap.
UC tried to make things interesting in the bottom of the frame, loading the bases and scoring twice before CU starter Jessica Lozano shut the door. Lozano earned her eighth victory of the season in the 10-5 win.
The Wilmington, Calif., native threw her fourth complete game of the season, scattering 10 hits while allowing five earned runs. She struck out three and walked a pair in the winning effort.
Cumberland will be back in action, concluding an eight-game road stretch, versus Georgetown College on Saturday. CU will then return home for three dates to bring a close to the regular season at the CU softball field. First pitch for Saturday’s twin bill is set for noon CDT.