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Bulldogs sweep season-opening pair from Indiana Tech
Feb 15, 2013 4:00 pm
Natalie Garcia belted a home run, drove in three runs and scored three times and Caroline Curran gave up one earned run in a complete game, as Cumberland swept a doubleheader against Indiana Tech, 4-2 and 7-3, in the season opener for both teams Thursday at the CU Softball Field.
The Bulldogs (2-0) used three-run innings in both games to take control, erasing early leads for the Warriors (0-2) in both contests. Jessica Roper singled home a run and Allison Blackwood drove in a pair of runs in a three-run third inning in the first game and Garcia plated two runs with a double and she scored on a single by Megan Lavery in a three-run second inning of the second game.
Garcia walked and scored in the first inning and hit a solo homer in the fourth as well. Newcomer Devin Jamerson collected three hits in the doubleheader six players posted a hit in each end of the twinbill for the Bulldogs.
Curran was the story of Game Two, allowing one earned run on six hits with one walk and four strikeouts. The lefthander was making her Bulldog debut and set down 12 of 13 batters after Indiana Tech scored a run quickly in the first inning.
CU junior Courtney Maynard (1-0) allowed two runs on six hits with one walk and four strikeouts in the opener. The righthander retired 11 of 12 batters in the middle innings for her first win of the year.
Sam Berrios (0-1) took the loss for Indiana Tech, giving up three earned runs on nine hits in six innings of work. She did not walk a batter and struck out two. Jenevie Rivas allowed five runs on six hits in four innings to suffer the defeat in Game Two.
The Warriors got on the board first in the opening game with one run in the second inning that could have been more.
JC Plezbert doubled with one out before an RBI single up the middle by Sara Soares. With two outs Cortney Bingham singled sharply to right, but pinch-runner Molly Collins was gunned down at the plate by Autumn Collins, keeping the Warriors lead at one run.
In the bottom of the inning Allison Blackwood led off with a single to center and pinch-runner Amber Mayne moved all the way to third after Berrios’ throw to first on a bunt by Sydney Broderick was wide and got all the way into rightfield. With one out Megan Kelley lined sharply to center and Tech’s Martika Armstead nailed Mayne at the plate.
But the Bulldogs took the lead in the third with three runs on four hits. Kaleigh Pearce and Lavery each singled with one out and Roper’s dumper into short leftfield tied the contest. Blackwood then belted a ball of the wall in centerfield, plating two runs for a 3-1 CU advantage.
Cumberland took advantage of a pair of Tech errors to score again in the fifth, with Courtney White reaching on an error by Bingham at short. White stole second, moved to third when the throw hit the bag and scooted away and scored on a single to the opposite field by Broderick.
The Warriors cut into the deficit in the sixth when Patrice Suplicki singled with two outs, stole second and scored on a single to leftcenter by Kelsey Kline. But Maynard retired the side in order in the seventh to finish off the win.
Indiana Tech scored in the first inning again in the second game, as Armstead beat out a bunt single to leadoff and moved to third when Kelley’s throw to second on a grounder by Sofia Johantgen sailed into rightfield. A groundout by Soares two batters later put the Warriors ahead, 1-0, after a half-inning again.
The Bulldogs answered in the bottom of the inning after a leadoff walk from Garcia. Lavery’s sacrifice moved the runner to second and Broderick followed with an RBI double down the leftfield line.
In the second Sarah Murray singled off the glove of third baseman Cotton with one out and Jamerson singled to left before a two-run double by Garcia. She went to third when the throw got away coming back to the infield and scored on Lavery’s single up the middle for a 4-1 CU lead.
Garcia’s solo shot to leftcenter in the fourth gave the home team a 5-1 advantage.
Tech cut into the deficit in the fifth when pinch-hitter Katie Bird walked and went to second on a bunt by Rion Williams. With two outs Armstead fisted a single between the plate and the pitcher’s circle to put runners on the corners and one run scored on a double steal. Johantgen then singled to short left, making it 5-3 Bulldogs.
Cumberland answered with a run in the bottom of the inning after Broderick reached on an error and pinch-runner Collins went to second on a wild pitch. Blackwood grounded to second and Williams tried to throw behind a wide-turning Collins at third, but the throw was wild, allowing Collins to score.
In the sixth pinch-hitter Kacy Hobbs was hit, went to second on a wild pitch and scored on a single to left by Jamerson.