CU falls in tough ones at MMC
LEBANON, Tenn. – A two-run homer by Alicia Boris and a game-ending grounder from Chrissy Worth helped 10th-ranked Martin Methodist to a doubleheader sweep over Cumberland, 2-0 and 1-0, Wednesday in softball action in Pulaski, Tenn.
Cumberland (6-24, 1-11 TSAC) managed just three hits in the twinbill but limited the Redhawks (36-9, 11-1) to only eight hits. CU hurlers Katie Goad and Alli Donnelly both came out on the short end despite giving up just three total run and striking out six in the two games.
Boris hit a two-run homer in the first inning of the opener for the game’s only runs. Goad worked out of jams in the second and third innings but set down eight in a row at one point. Goad (3-6) allowed two runs on three hits with three walks, one hit batter and six strikeouts.
Sally Gale (17-4) tossed a two-hit shutout in the first game for the Redhawks, walking one and striking out 10.
In the second game Jackie West’s single in the seventh accounted for CU’s only hit of the game and the Bulldogs had just three baserunners in the contest. West walked in the first and Donnelly drew a free pass in the second. West also drew a walk in the first game.
Finally in the seventh Martin Methodist broke through after a leadoff single from Nikki Osborne and a sacrifice bunt by Tiffany McCormick. Pinch-hitter Carrie Morris walked, as did Nicole Velez, loading the bases. Osborne scored on a grounder by Worth for the game’s only run.
Donnelly (1-11) suffered the loss, allowing one run on five hits with four walks. Worth (10-2) also posted the victory on the mound, giving up just the one hit while striking out five with two walks.
Cumberland continues its eight-game road swing to end the regular season with a doubleheader at Lambuth University Thursday at 5 p.m. The Bulldogs play at Bethel College Friday and Union University Saturday.