Eighth-inning single dooms Bulldogs
LEBANON, Tenn. – Lindsey Akin’s single in the bottom of the eighth gave Lambuth University a doubleheader sweep over Cumberland, 4-0 and 3-2, late Thursday in softball action in Jackson, Tenn.
Cumberland (6-26) dropped its fifth and sixth consecutive games, two more close contests and the second doubleheader in as many days. The Bulldogs managed five hits in the opener but stranded five runners, then added four hits in the second contest.
Alli Donnelly (1-12) took the loss in the first game, allowing three earned runs on six hits in four innings with four strikeouts. Lambuth’s Hannah Trice tossed a five-hit shutout, walking three and striking out two to pick up the victory.
In the second game Katie Goad (3-7), who worked two scoreless innings to finish the opener, suffered the loss, giving up three runs on five hits in 7.2 innings, walking two and striking out six. Lambuth’s Dentaisha Meadows posted the victory, allowing four hits and striking out six.
Paige Terrell, Lauren Carr and Donnelly all collected one hit in both ends of the doubleheader, while Stephanie Gutierrez and Terrell drove in the runs for the Bulldogs in the second contest.
Lambuth (7-27) plated a pair of runs in the second and third innings for all of the scoring in the opener.
Stephanie Johnson singled to center to leadoff and Molly Wright sacrificed her to second. Meadows then drove home Johnson with a single to right. Meadows moved to third on the play after an error by CU’s Lauren Carr and Cassidy Matthews squeeze bunt scored Meadows for a 2-0 Eagles lead.
In the third Akin singled to right and stole second before a one-out walk to Jessica Brown. Both runners stole a base and Johnson’s single to left scored Akin. Wright’s bunt plated Brown as well for a 4-0 Lambuth advantage.
In the second game Lambuth got two runs in the first but the Bulldogs scored twice in the sixth to knot the score.
Paige Pyburn singled with one out in the Eagles first and moved to second on a wild pitch. Brown drew a two-out walk before a two-run double from Johnson put the home team ahead early.
Cumberland finally got on the board in the sixth, starting with a Carr single. She moved to second on a passed ball and scored on Gutierrez’s double to rightcenter. Gutierrez moved to third on the play on an error by Akin and scored on Terrell’s single to center.
In the eighth the international tiebreaker went into effect, with Lambuth’s Autumn King starting the inning at second base. Meadows popped out and Pyburn struck out, but Akin delivered the game-winning RBI single to left, giving the Eagles a doubleheader sweep.
Cumberland continues its current eight-game road swing Friday with a 1 p.m. doubleheader at Bethel College and concludes the regular season with an 11 a.m. twinbill Saturday at Union University. The TranSouth Championships begin April 29 in Pulaski, Tenn.