Cumberland upsets LWU 3-1
DANVILLE, Ky. – Senior Jessica Lozano sparkled in relief as Cumberland outlasted top-seeded and No. 9 ranked Lindsey Wilson 3-1 Friday morning in the second round of the Mid-South Conference Championship 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.
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.
The Bulldogs now face a quick turnaround, facing the winner of Campbellsville University and Georgetown College in the winner’s bracket final at 4 p.m. on Friday.
The winner of that contest will enjoy a day off before the championship game on Sunday.
CU 6, University of Rio Grande 4
DANVILLE, Ky. – Cumberland scored four runs in the sixth inning and held on for a 6-4 win over the University of Rio Grande Thursday in the opening round of the Mid-South Conference softball Championship at Millennium Park.
CU junior Jessica Roper went 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored in the contest while Emily Nicholson and Tessa Tomaselli each added 2-for-4 days.
Senior starting pitcher Courtney Maynard (20-9) earned the victory, shutting down the RedStorm for the first six innings. After a rocky seventh, the senior allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits while also striking out six.