First game ends in controversy
From staff reports
Kacy Hobbs hit a three-run homer and drove in four runs but Courtney White was called out on a controversial ruling to end the first game and 16th-ranked Lindsey Wilson completed with a sweep, winning 7-6 and 3-1 over Cumberland on Monday at the CU softball field.
The Bulldogs (33-18, 15-13) scored a run in the bottom of the seventh in the first game with Courtney White at third and one out. Hobbs flied out to right-center on a ball that was caught by Lindsey Wilson (43-7, 25-5) center-fielder Allison Hart just before hitting the ground. White scored on the play, but in the aftermath, LWC appealed, saying she did not tag up, and White was called out for leaving early, ending the game in heart-breaking fashion for Cumberland.
CU battled back twice in the contest, tying the game at five in the fifth inning and then knotting the contest again, if just for a few seconds, before the appeal call and out. The game featured 13 hits and 22 hits, though the Blue Raiders stranded 11 base runners, including two each in the first, fourth, fifth and seventh innings.
Natalie Garcia collected three hits and scored twice for the Bulldogs.
Jessica Lozano (3-3) took the loss for CU, allowing two runs on five hits with three walks in three innings of relief. LWC reliever Jordan Hood (17-2) posted the victory, giving up three runs on five hits in 5.1 innings. She walked two and struck out four.
Cara Law (8-2) limited Cumberland to just five hits and one run in the second game for the win, while Allison Blackwood’s (5-4) great effort was not enough for CU, with the lefthander giving up two runs on four hits in six innings.
Lindsey Wilson plated a run in the top of the first in the opener when Andrea Whelan doubled with one out and Madison Scott walked with two outs, putting runners on the corners. Hart’s single through the left side put LWC ahead, 1-0, after a half-inning.
Cumberland answered in the bottom of the frame, starting with a leadoff single from Garcia and a sacrifice bunt by Megan Lavery. Blackwood then walked and with two home Hobbs blasted a three-run homer to leftcenter, her sixth of the season, for a 3-1 advantage.
The Blue Raiders came right back in the second, as Jane Egiazarova drew a leadoff walk from CU starter Courtney Maynard. Lauren Payne reached on a bunt and the throw from Hobbs got away into rightfield, allowing Egiazarova to score all the way from first.
LWC took the lead with three runs in the third when Kristina Krupinski singled to leadoff and Scott and Hart followed with bunt singles, loading the bases. Consecutive sacrifice flies from Travatia Bowden and Egiazarova plated two runs and Payne single through the right side scored another for a 5-3 Blue Raiders lead.
But the Bulldogs tied the game with a pair of runs in the fifth, again starting with a leadoff single from Garcia, who stole second. With one out Blackwood singled through the left side, scoring Garcia, and pinch-runner Amber Mayne went to second on a groundout and stole third. A two-out single up the middle from Hobbs knotted the contest at five.
Back came the Blue Raiders in the sixth, with Krupinski and Scott drawing a one-out walks. Both runners moved up on a wild pitch and Bowden’s single up the middle plated a pair for a 7-5 LWC advantage.
Cumberland had one last chance in the seventh and Lavery led off with a single. Jessica Roper singled to left-center with one out, moving Lavery to third. White pinch ran and stole second and when the throw got away, Lavery scored and White moved to third, setting up the final play that went against the home team.
In the second game Lindsey Wilson scored single runs in the second and third to take an early lead.
Bowden was hit with two outs in the second, stole second and Egiazarova walked. Payne then doubled into left field, plating a run for a 1-0 edge.
In the third Antoinette Jenkins led off with an infield single and went to second on a groundout by Whelan. Krupinski’s double to left scored Jenkings for a 2-0 lead.
The Bulldogs got a run back in the bottom of the inning when Garcia singled with two outs, stole second and scored on Lavery’s single to right-center. But CU had just four base runners the rest of the game and one of those was erased on a line drive double play.
LWC added an insurance run in the seventh when Payne reached on an error with one out and pinch-runner Ashley Hughes stole second. Jordan Gilland then walked before a two-out single to left-center from Whelan gave the Blue Raiders a 3-1 advantage.
Cumberland will likely be the No. 6 seed in the Mid-South Conference Championships that begin Saturday at Domtar Park in Kingsport, and will play at noon and 6 p.m. CDT that day against opponents yet-to-be-determined.