CU splits with Blue Mountain
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
CU splits with Blue Mountain
Megan Lavery collected six hits, scored four times and drove in three runs in CU's doubleheader Tuesday against Blue Mountain. (Credit Steve Wampler)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Megan Lavery finished with six hits in the doubleheader and Allison Blackwood allowed one run in seven-plus innings of work between the two games, as Cumberland split a doubleheader against Blue Mountain College, losing 8-7 and winning 7-1 on Tuesday at the CU Softball Field.

Lavery finished the opening game 4-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBIs. Cumberland (21-13, 11-7 TranSouth) scored six runs in the final three innings but left the tying run on first base in the person of Lavery in the opener. CU made four errors in the contest, leading to four unearned runs for the Toppers (15-17, 9-9).

In the second game Lavery added two more hits, scored twice and drove in a run, helping the Bulldogs to the split. CU scored three times in the first inning and added four insurance runs in the sixth for the victory.

Blackwood (6-7) gave up one run on four hits in five innings of work in the second contest for the win, walking two and striking out two. The runner that scored for BMC in the fourth inning was the only one to reach second base against the lefthander. The junior also tossed 2.1 scoreless frames to end the opening contest, allowing two hits with a strikeout.

Brooke Denton went the distance for the victory in the opener for BMC, allowing seven runs on 12 hits. She walked five and struck out one, as CU stranded 10 baserunners in the contest.

Maynard (13-4) took the loss in the opener, giving up eight runs, four earned, on 10 hits in 4.2 innings of work. The righthander came back with two scoreless innings in the second game to earn her second save of the season.

Sydney Broderick and Emily Nicholson each posted two hits and two RBIs for the Bulldogs in the second game, while Blackwood and Broderick both drove in two runs and Sarah Murray and Kaleigh Pearce each collected two hits in the opener.

The Bulldogs plated an unearned run in the first to take an early lead in the opening game.

Caity Gray reached on an error by shortstop Brooke Jones and went to second on a groundout by Blackwood. Broderick walked before a two-out RBI single to center by Murray plated Gray.

BMC scored five runs in the fourth inning to take control of the game, aided by a pair of Cumberland errors.

Haylei Plummer singled down the third base line to leadoff and Whitney Hardwick reached on a throwing error by first baseman Emily Nicholson on a sacrifice bunt. Jones singled on the leftside, plating a run and Hardwick went to third when the throw to the plate sailed high.

Denton’s bad-hop single off second Murray turned into a triple when it caromed off her and got by Gray in rightfield. With two outs Chassey Barnes walked and stole second before an RBI single up the middle by Kimmy Nicholson. The Toppers then executed the double steal, with Barnes scoring ahead of the relay home for a 5-1 lead.

Blue Mountain added three more runs in the fifth, chasing Maynard from the contest.

Plummer reached on an infield single with one out and went to second when Murray’s throw went into the dugout. Jones singled through the leftside, plating a run, and Denton followed with an RBI single to leftcenter. Kelsey Nelson then singled to center, putting runners on the corners, before pinch-hitter Courtney Quillian’s RBI single to right.

Cumberland plated a run in the bottom of the inning when Lavery led off with a single and went to second on a groundout by Gray. Blackwood’s single to right scored Lavery, making it 8-2 Toppers.

In the sixth Autumn Collins beat out a bunt single with one out and Victoria Bennett walked before a single from Lavery loaded the bases. Gray ripped a ball to first, but Nelson backhanded the hot-shot and made the throw home, forcing out Collins. Blackwood walked, forcing in a run, before Broderick plated two runs with a double to rightcenter, cutting the deficit to 8-5.

CU added two more runs in the seventh but left the tying run on first base to end the contest.

Emily Nicholson and Pearce both singled to start the inning and Collins moved the runners with a sac bunt. Bennett lined out to second before a two-run single to right from Lavery, but Gray lined out to short to end the contest.

The Bulldogs scored three times in the first inning of the second game, starting with a bunt single by Lavery. She went all the way to third on a sac bunt by Gray before Blackwood walked with one out and stole second. Lavery scored on a wild pitch and Broderick walked and stole second as well, setting up Emily Nicholson’s two-run bad-hop single off the chest of Jones at shortstop.

BMC scored a run in the fourth when Plummer walked, went to second on a groundout and scored on an infield single by Jones.

In the sixth Pearce led off with a single, Bennett walked and pinch-hitter Tori Brewington singled up the middle, loading the bases. Lavery singled through the leftside, plating a run, and another run scored when first baseman Shelby Jackson’s throw to the plate was wild on a bunt by Gray. Broderick delivered a two-out, two-run double to rightcenter to score the final runs of the game for CU.

Cumberland hosts rival Trevecca Nazarene on Thursday at 2 p.m. and takes on Mid-Continent University next Monday in a doubleheader at 2 p.m., ending the current 14-game homestand for the Bulldogs.