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Cumberland Univ.0000000062
Win: Claypoole (11-7) 7.060002
Loss: Arndt (9-7) 7.055315
Absher (PIKE) 212210
Torregano (CUSB) 302000
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Win: Skaggs (10-9) 7.090002
Loss: Caplinger (6-7) 7.052221
Gentry (PIKE) 301000
Pawlak (PIKE) 311000
Osborne (PIKE) 301000
Barker (PIKE) 211010
Hickey (PIKE) 301000
Luckett (CUSB) 303000
Pikeville shuts out Phoenix in twinbill
Thursday, April 11, 2019
Pikeville shuts out Phoenix in twinbill
Kaylee Luckett posted three hits in Thursday's second game versus Pikeville. (Credit Ed Torregano)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Megan Claypoole and Hannah Staggs tossed complete-game shutouts and Hannah Absher drove in two runs in the opener in the University of Pikeville’s doubleheader sweep, 5-0 and 2-0, over Cumberland in softball action here Thursday at Billy Dee Ross Stadium.

The same two teams will play Friday at 11 a.m. to complete the series, adjusting the schedule for the second time this week due to forecasted rain.

Claypoole (11-7) scattered six hits in a shutout in the opener. She did not walk a batter and struck out two, getting eight groundball outs and 11 outs via flyballs, with a strong southernly breeze knocking down several well-hit line drives by the Phoenix.

Absher posted two hits and two RBIs and Kelsey White scored twice for the Bears (22-16, 5-9 Mid-South) in the 5-0 victory. Pikeville plated two unearned runs in the fourth, one run in the fifth and two more in the sixth.

Morgan Arndt (9-7) took the loss for CU, allowing three earned runs on five hits in seven innings. She walked one and struck out five but was unable to keep Pikeville from expanding the lead with two-out base hits in the fourth and fifth innings.

Imani Torregano collected two of CU’s six hits in the contest and the Phoenix (18-17, 4-12) left six on base.

Pikeville scored single runs in the first and second innings and Staggs (10-9) made it stand up, giving up nine hits with no walks and two strikeouts. She stranded nine Cumberland runners – two each in the first three innings – and CU was just 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position.

Kayley Caplinger (6-7) suffered the defeat, allowing two runs on five hits with two walks and one strikeout. She retired 13-of-14 batters from the second inning until a one-out single in the sixth by Haley Osborne. The Bears managed just three baserunners over the final five innings.

Kaylee Luckett was 3-for-3 and Brigid Antonelli and Paola Del Valle added two hits apiece.

Claypoole singled through the hole on the left side to leadoff the third inning in the opener and Absher beat out a bunt, but Arndt got out of the jam with two strikeouts and a long fielder’s choice, a fly ball to leftfield by Jordan Gentry that fell, but Kelsie Boyle got the force out at third on the play.

Poor defense led to two runs for Pikeville in the fourth, starting with an error by Tyra Graham on a grounder from Osborne. Kelsey White bunted and Antonelli threw late to second, giving the Bears two on with no outs.

Emme Barker’s sacrifice bunt pushed the runners to second and third and Osborne scored on a wild pitch. Elizabeth Hickey’s grounder to the hole on the leftside was cutoff by Antonelli for an out but White came across on the play for a 2-0 UPike edge.

Cumberland got its first scoring opportunity in the bottom of the fourth with one-out singles by Antonelli and Madison Woodruff, but Del Valle lined out to first and Caplinger drilled a fly ball to rightcenter that was completely knocked down by the 20-mile-per-hour winds blowing in, ending the inning.

Absher drew a leadoff walk in the fifth for the Bears and moved to second on Haley Karr’s sac bunt. Jordan Gentry then lined a double off the chalk down the rightfield line, plating Absher and extending the Pikeville advantage to 3-0.

The Phoenix got a leadoff single from Luckett and a one-out single by Imani Torregano in the bottom of the inning, but Graham popped out and DeeDee Dunn grounded sharply to short to end the frame.

In the sixth White singled up the middle to start the inning and went to second on Barker’s sac bunt. Hickey was hit before Jasmine Krauss made a nice over-the-shoulder grab on a line drive to deep leftfield, but the throw to the infield went to the wrong base and both runners moved up. Absher singled sharply to right, scoring two runs for a 5-0 Pikeville lead.

The Bears plated a run in the first inning of the second contest, starting with a single to right by Gentry followed by a single from Mackenzie Pawlak. The throw to third allow Pawlak to take second, but Caplinger got a groundout to third by Osborne.

White grounded to second and Woodruff got the out at the plate, but the Bears stole the run, executing the double steal. White was tagged out sliding into first but Pawlak scored before the tag.

Cumberland stranded two more runners in the bottom of the frame after a two-out single by Antonelli. Woodruff reached on an error and stole second but she ran into Pikeville shortstop Mercedes Boggs on Del Valle’s grounder up the middle, ending the threat.

In the second Barker singled up the middle, off the glove of Caplinger, and Antonelli hesitated on Hickey’s bunt, with the throw to first late. The runners went to second and third on a wild pitch and Absher’s groundout to second scored Barker for a 2-0 UPike advantage.

Luckett and Bailey Giordano both singled with one out in the second inning for CU, but Torregano grounded to third and Graham popped up for the third out.

In the third Antonelli singled with one out and Del Valle singled with two outs before a high fly ball to right by Caplinger.

Luckett singled to start the fourth inning but was left at third. She also doubled with one out in the sixth but was stranded at second.