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CU softball hosts MMU Thursday

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The Tigers (13-7, 4-0) were the first to get on the board, with Kristin Benton making it across the plate in the second inning following a walk, advancing on a pair of groundouts and making it home on an Alyssa Barker single up the middle.

Megan Lavery singled through the right side in the third inning forCumberland(14-9, 2-4), then twice advancing a base on a groundout. Allison Blackwoods shot to left field brought Lavery home for a 1-1 game. Jessica Roper was placed on first due to a walk, which put Blackwood in scoring position on second base but Devon Jamersons fly out to centerfield ended the inning.

The Bulldogs were again in position to score in the bottom of the fourth when Kacy Hobbs singled down the left field line and Courtney White stepped in to run, advancing to second on a passed ball by the catcher. A groundout by Kaleigh Pearce put White on third, but Lavery received the final out by grounding to shortstop.

With two outs in the top of the fifth, Campbellsvilles Emma Napier knocked a ball deep over the centerfield fence for a 2-1 Tiger lead. After wrapping up the inning, the Bulldogs defense held solid in the sixth and seventh, putting away each of the next six batters, but came up short offensively, leaving Autumn Collins stranded on second to end the game in favor of the Tigers.

Victoria Decker (7-1) earned the win for Campbellsville, allowing five hits and striking out three with one walk.

Courtney Maynard (8-2) took the loss for the Bulldogs despite striking out 10 batters with two walks and three hits.

Campbellsvilles Kelsi Pardue (5-4) stole the show in the second game for the Tigers, amassing 17 strikeouts within the 21 outs, giving up four hits along with two walks.

Napier again had a big hit for Campbellsville, beginning the second game with double to left center on a Caroline Curran pitch. At the next at bat, a throwing error by the Bulldogs allowed Katie Vincent to reach second base and Napier to score, giving the Tigers an early 1-0 advantage.Bentonfollowed with a double of her own, putting Vincent on third. Heather Oakleys groundout to second base brought Vincent in for a 2-0 Tiger lead.

Natalie Garcia earned the first hit of the game for the Bulldogs on a double to center field, and Jamersons sacrifice bunt advanced her to third. Blackwood was then put on base by way of a walk, and a single by Sydney Broderick through the right side allowed Garcia to cross home plate, making the score 2-1 before Hobbs ending the inning looking on a strike out.

Napier gathered another hit in the third, this time by singling up the middle, and then advanced to second on a groundout. An RBI single by Taylor Borders scored Napier for a 3-1 Tiger lead.

Pardue strung together six strikeouts on the next seven Cumberland batters before Lavery was able to sneak in a single up the middle in the bottom of the fifth and steal second and third on consecutive strikeouts by Pardue. Another strikeout by Pardue ended the inning along with Laverys chance to score.

In the seventh, Barker slammed one over the left side on Blackwood for another Tiger run, pushing the score to 4-1. After three outs and the Bulldogs up to bat, Emily Nicholson was sent in to pinch hit for Pearce but struck out looking and Lavery then flied out to right field for the second out. Sarah Murray pinch hit for Collins, but suffered a similar Bulldog outcome, by striking out looking.

Curran (1-3) was tagged with the loss for Cumberland, allowing three runs and four hits.

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