CU softball reaches MSC final

Maynard’s gem, Roper’s bomb lifts Bulldogs into Sunday’s championship round
May 2, 2014
Jessica Roper

 

DANVILLE, Ky. – Cumberland seniors Courtney Maynard and Jessica Lozano combined to allow just two runs and redshirt junior Jessica Roper blasted a two-run homer in the fifth to pace the Bulldogs in a 3-2 victory and send the club to the Mid-South Conference championship game here Friday at Millennium Park.

Trailing 2-1, senior Shawnee Kirk punched a one-out single up the middle and Roper followed with her eventual game winner to left-center field.

Lozano did the rest, holding the Tigers scoreless in the final three innings to earn her third save of the season. Maynard was fabulous in four innings, allowing just two runs (one earned) on four hits and six strikeouts to earn the victory and move to 21-9 on the season.

Georgetown College (34-13) struck first in the game, taking advantage of an error for an unearned run. After a leadoff single from Sandy Young, an attempted sacrifice bunt turned into runners on first and third after the throw sailed down the first base line.

The Tigers followed with a base-running maneuver as the runner on first took off for second. Roper threw out the runner, but Young advanced home on the throw to give GC a 1-0 advantage.

Cumberland (38-18-1) had chances in the second and third innings, but came up empty twice. Singles by Sydney Broderick and Kaleigh Pearce in the second ended with a shallow fly ball to left. Devon Jamerson reached on an error in the third and Kirk followed with a single, but another fly ball spelled the end of the CU rally.

Georgetown struck again in the bottom of the third, as Chelsea Riney blasted a solo shot over the right-center field fence to make it 2-0 in favor of the Tigers.

Freshman Tessa Tomaselli just missed a solo shot to lead off the fourth, hitting a liner which banged off the top of the left field wall for a double. She would not wait long to head home, as junior Sydney Broderick ripped a single up the middle to cut the deficit in half.

Cumberland will now enjoy a day off while awaiting word on who will advance out of the consolation bracket on Saturday. The Bulldogs will have to be defeated twice on Sunday with the opening game beginning at 1 p.m. CDT.

Lozano leads Bulldogs over top-seeded Lindsey Wilson

DANVILLE, Ky. – Senior Jessica Lozano faced the minimum over the final four innings in relief for the Cumberland softball squad, as the Bulldogs outlasted top-seeded and No.9 nationally-ranked Lindsey Wilson, 3-1, to advance in the winner’s bracket of the Mid-South Conference Championship on Friday at Millennium Park.

Lozano (10-5) pitched the final four innings in relief and allowed just one hit. The lone hit was erased when the Wilmington, Calif., native doubled up the Blue Raiders on a failed sacrifice bunt attempt.

Not to be overlooked, senior starter Courtney Maynard was just as effective, allowing just one run over three innings on three hits and a walk.

Lindsey Wilson (44-8) got the scoring started in the second inning with a laser-shot home run. Travatia Bowden put a barrel on the ball and sent it soaring over the center-field wall.

The Bulldogs (37-18-1) were held scoreless until the fourth, but took the lead in that frame thanks to an error from the Blue Raiders. After back-to-back singles from Jessica Roper and Emily Nicholson, freshman Tessa Tomaselli lined a single to left field.

The Lindsey Wilson left fielder misplayed the ball, allowing Roper and Nicholson to scamper home for a pair of unearned runs for the Bulldogs.

Cumberland added a much-needed insurance run in the sixth inning, as senior Sarah Murray delivered a two-out, RBI single to put the Bulldogs ahead, 3-1. Nicholson led off the inning with a single and moved to second on a walk to Kaleigh Pearce, setting up Murray’s knock to left.

Lozano closed the door on the Blue Raiders, sending the home squad down in order in the final two innings to preserve the victory.

 

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