'Dogs fall twice at Bethel
LEBANON, Tenn. – Brittany Edmonds hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to win game one and Bethel College plated three runs in the bottom of the sixth to take the second contest, sweeping Cumberland Friday, 5-3 and 3-1, in softball action in McKenzie, Tenn.
Cumberland (6-28) lost its seventh and eighth consecutive games, including six contests by one or two runs.
The Bulldogs plated three runs in the top of the seventh in the opener but gave up the tying run in the bottom of the inning before falling in the ninth on the two-run shot from Edmonds. CU scored the game’s only run in the fourth inning in the second game until Bethel (30-12) pushed across three runs in the sixth on a pair of groundouts and an RBI single from Blaire Johnson.
Tonya Barlow collected three hits, scored once and drove in a run in the doubleheader, while Paige Terrell recorded a hit in both contests as well for the Bulldogs.
Katie Goad (3-8) suffered the loss in the opener, allowing four earned runs on 13 hits in 8.2 innings, walking one and striking out five. Leah Hensley worked 2.2 innings of relief to post the victory for Bethel, giving up three runs on one hit with three strikeouts.
In the second contest Stephanie Gutierrez (2-8) took the loss, allowing three runs on nine hits with two walks and one strikeout. Hensley (17-4) posted the win in the second contest as well, giving up one run on four hits with four walks and three strikeouts.
Bethel plated runs in the second and third innings to take a 2-0 lead in the opener.
Amanda Renfroe singled to leadoff the second and Kasey Winsett sacrificed her to second. Renfroe took third on the play and scored when Karla Pladna’s throw to third was wild.
In the third Brittini Burleson was hit to leadoff and stole second. She moved to third on a passed ball and scored on a triple from Edmonds.
The Bulldogs took the lead with three runs in the seventh, starting with Donnelly reaching on an errant throw by Renfroe. Barlow then doubled and Lauren Carr followed with a two-run double, plating pinch-runner Kristen McClanahan and Barlow.
Emily Smith singled to the leftside, putting runners on the corners, and Carr scored on a sacrifice fly from Gutierrez for a 3-2 CU advantage.
But the Wildcats came right back in the bottom of the inning. Whitney Taylor reached on a dropped fly ball by Terrell and moved to second. Taylor went to third on a groundout from Burlison and scored on a single by Lindsey Davis, tying the game and sending it into extra innings.
In the ninth Davis drew a two-out walk before the two-run homer from Edmonds ended the contest.
In the second game Jackie West, Donnelly and Pladna all drew a one-out walks in the fourth, loading the bases, before an RBI single from Barlow gave the Bulldogs a 1-0 advantage. Carr popped out to end the inning without any further damage.
The lead lasted until the sixth when Burlison reached on a walk to leadoff and stole second. Davis singled to the rightside and Edmonds walked, loading the bases. Burlison scored on a groundout by Ashley Simmons, Davis came across on a groundout from Renfore, and Johnson’s single to center plated Edmonds with the final run of the contest.
Cumberland ends the regular season Saturday with an 11 a.m. doubleheader at Union University. The TranSouth Championships begin April 29 in Pulaski, Tenn.