CU drops two to Lyon
Sunday, March 29, 2009
LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland’s Lauren Carr collected four hits in a doubleheader and Emily Smith scored twice, but Lyon College won the first game, 6-1, and then scored 10 runs in the seventh because of costly errors to take a 16-5 win in game two in softball action Sunday.
 
Carr recorded one hit and an RBI in the opener and went 3-for-4 with one RBI in the second game. Emily Smith added two hits in the first game while Katie Goad had two hits and two RBIs in the second contest for the Bulldogs (3-17, 0-6 TSAC).
 
Alli Donnelly (0-7) took the loss in the first game, her worst outing in almost three weeks. The righthander allowed six runs on eight hits in five innings, walking five with six strikeouts.
 
In the second game Goad gave up one run on just two hits with five strikeouts in four innings. Stephanie Gutierrez and then unraveled behind her in the field, with CU committing six errors over the last three innings. She (1-7) allowed 14 runs, six earned, on nine hits in two-plus innings.
 
Lyon’s Faith Richmond (5-5) won the first game for the Pipers, giving up one run on five hits with five strikeouts in a complete game. Tenequa Martin (5-3) got the victory in game two, allowing five runs on eight hits in five-plus innings. Richmond picked up her first save of the year as well, tossing two scoreless innings.
 
The Pipers scored four times in the first inning in game one, thanks to a pair of walks. Phenix Butler led off with a free pass and Taylor Morgan drew a walk two batters later. Kiley Parker drove in a run with a single down the rightfield line and Kristi Keller’s double plated another run. Abbey Cannon then smoked a single up the middle with two outs, scoring Parker and Keller for a 4-0 Lyon lead after a half inning.
 
CU pushed across a run in the bottom of the inning, also courtesy of a pair of walks. Jackie West and Karla Pladna both drew two-out free passes and Carr’s single down the leftfield line plated West.
 
The Bulldogs loaded the bases in the fourth after Donnelly singled, Tonya Barlow reached on an error and Smith singled, but Paige Terrell grounded out to end the threat.
 
The Pipers took advantage, loading the bases in the fifth after a leadoff double from Parker, a single by Keller and a one-out walk to Canon. Donnelly almost worked out of the jam, but nine-hole hitter April Wright blooped a two-run single into shallow right, in front of a diving Carr, giving Lyon a 6-1 lead.
 
In the second game CU scored first after a leadoff walk to Pladna in the second. Donnelly put down a sacrifice bunt and Carr drove in the run with a two-out single to center.
 
Lyon tied the game in the third with a leadoff solo homer from Wright, her first of the season.
 
But the Bulldogs came back with a pair of runs in the fourth. West singled to leadoff and Smith walked with two outs. Carr singled down the rightfield line, loading the bases, before Goad drove in a pair of runs with a single up the middle for a 3-1 CU advantage.
 
The Pipers plated a run in the fifth after Mychelle Gregg reached on an error by West to start the frame. She stole second, moved to third on a groundout and scored on a wild pitch, cutting the Bulldog lead in half.
 
In the Lyon sixth Morgan led off with a single and Parker grounded back to Gutierrez on the mound, but her throw was wide and off the glove of the shortstop. Keller put down a sacrifice, putting runners on second and third, before a two-run double to deep centerfield from Martin.
 
Two batters later Wright hit a ball into the six-hole, where Cassie McKinney made a diving stop, but her throw got by the third baseman and went into the dugout, allowing Brittney Fawcett to score. Gregg scored on an error by West at third, giving Lyon a 6-3 edge.
 
The Bulldogs answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning but could have had more. Donnelly singled to leadoff, Smith followed with a walk and Carr had a single, her third of the game, to load the bases. Barlow then ripped a two-run double to deep center against Richmond, who had just entered the game as a reliever.
 
But CU left the other two runners stranded, as McKinney and Terrell both grounded out and Gutierrez flied out.
 
The Pipers scored 10 runs in the top of the seventh on eight hits and two more Cumberland errors. Parker, Martin and Gregg all had RBI hits and Butler added a two-run triple. Keller recorded an RBI single, her sixth hit of the day, for the final margin.
 
Cumberland plays its next six games on the road, starting Thursday at rival Trevecca at 4 p.m.