LEBANON, Tenn. – Paige Sant’Angelo collected five hits in the doubleheader and Davenport University drove in runs when it had opportunities, winning 4-1 and 6-3 over Cumberland on Sunday at the CU Softball Field.
Cumberland (20-12) stranded a combined 18 runners in the twinbill, including 11 in the second game, continuing a recent trend for the Bulldogs, who have lost four straight contests. CU was 0-for-9 with runners on base and 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position in the opener.
The team improved on those numbers in the second game, but left runners on base in six of the seven innings, including multiple runners in four frames.
Davenport (18-10) plated four runs in the second inning of the first game, the last two on a bad throw to first base that would have ended the inning, and plated four runs in the last three frames to erase a 3-2 CU lead in the second contest.
Sant’Angelo was 3-for-4 with a run and one RBI in the second contest after posting two hits and scoring once in the opener. Kayla Gonyea added two hits and scored twice in the second game as well for the Panthers.
Karlee Despres (5-3) gave up the one run on just three hits, walked six and struck out three for the win in the opening game. CU starter Courtney Maynard (13-3) allowed two earned runs on four hits in three hits, while Allison Blackwood tossed four scoreless innings of relief.
In the second game DU’s Sam Cole (11-7) scattered eight hits, walked four and struck out four for the win. Maynard gave up three runs on seven hits in five innings and Blackwood (5-7) took the loss, allowing three runs on four hits in the final two frames.
The Bulldogs started on the right note in the opener with a solo homer to leftcenter from leadoff hitter Megan Lavery in the first, her third of the year. But the Panthers answered with four runs in the second, taking advantage of a Bulldog error in the process.
With two outs Tami Weber walked before three straight singles from Sant’Angelo, Debra Burton and Karli Myers, the last two each plating a run. With runners on second and third, Gonyea grounded to third, but Caity Gray’s throw sailed high and over the first baseman’s head, allowing two more runs to come across for a 4-1 advantage.
Cumberland stranded at least one runner in the second, third, fourth and fifth innings, including the bases loaded after three straight walks in the fourth and two runners in the fifth when Lavery was hit and Sydney Broderick walked. The Bulldogs managed just three hits in the contest and did not take advantage of six free passes from Despres.
Davenport scored first in the second game, pushing across two runs in the third. Gonyea doubled with one out and went to third on a groundout by Amber Getty. Cornman then walked, putting runners on the corners, and Sant’Angelo inside-outed a single to rightfield for an RBI.
With runners on the corners again, Sant’Angelo looked to get picked off at first and Cornman broke for home, beating the relay for a 2-0 DU edge.
The Bulldogs responded in the bottom of the inning after a leadoff walk to Victoria Bennett and an infield single by Lavery. With two outs Blackwood ripped a double off the base of the centerfield wall, allowing both runners to score.
Sydney Broderick then reached on an error before an RBI double down the leftfield line from Sarah Murray for a 3-2 CU advantage.
The Panthers tied the game in the fifth with a leadoff single from Gonyea and a two-out single by Sant’Angelo. Weber then singled through the leftside, plating Gonyea. Myers walked to load the bases, but Maynard struck out Debra Burton to end the inning with the game still tied at three.
DU took the lead in the sixth when Morgan Greenfield fouled off four pitches before drawing a walk and went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Ali Dawson. With two outs Getty lined an RBI double off the glove of a diving Amber Mayne in rightcenter, giving the visitors a 4-3 lead.
In the seventh Sant’Angelo led off with a double off the glove of Autumn Collins in leftcenter and scored on a double by Myers. Burton then singled home Myers for the final run of the game.
Cumberland plays at home twice this coming week, facing Blue Mountain College on Tuesday at 1 p.m. and Trevecca Nazarene on Thursday at 2 p.m.