CU drops 3-1 decision in 11 innings
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
LEBANON, Tenn. – Alli Donnelly allowed one earned run in 11 innings but Cumberland dropped a 3-1 decision in the opener, and the Bulldogs dropped a 7-0 decision to Freed-Hardeman in the second game in softball action Tuesday at the CU Softball Field.
 
The Bulldogs (3-15, 0-4 TSAC) stranded 10 runners in the opener, including a pair in the first and fifth innings. Both teams scored once in the 10th inning, the first inning for the international tiebreaker rule, and Freed-Hardeman (12-4, 2-0) pushed across two runs in the 11th inning for the victory.
 
Donnelly (0-6) threw extremely well but took the loss, giving up eight hits with seven strikeouts in 11 innings of work. FHU starter Britney Caldwell (4-3) gave up an unearned run on seven hits with 10 strikeouts to pick up the victory, going the distance as well.
 
In the second game FHU scored twice in the first and three times in the third to take a 7-0 win.
 
Stephanie Gutierrez (1-6) took the loss for CU, giving up three earned runs on eight hits in 3.2 innings. FHU’s Tarrah Tucker (8-1) posted the victory, allowing just one hit and striking out nine.
 
Gutierrez and Lauren Carr both collected a pair of hits in the opener, while Jackie West recorded the Bulldogs only hit in the second game.
 
In the first game the Bulldogs managed seven hits but stranded 10 runners on base and dropped a 3-1 decision in 11 innings.
 
In the CU first Carr singled with one out and Gutierrez walked, but Karla Pladna struck out and West popped up to end the threat.
 
Tonya Barlow reached on an error in the second but was stranded at second. Gutierrez drew a two-out walk in the third and West was left on base after a leadoff double in the fourth.
 
In the fifth Paige Terrell singled with one out and Carr followed with a single, but Terrell was out for interference, running into the second baseman while she tried the field the ball. Gutierrez followed with a single to center but Pladna grounded out to first on an excuse-me swing to end the inning.
 
Barlow doubled with two outs in the sixth but Emily Smith popped out to end the threat. Gutierrez drew a leadoff walk in the eighth and moved to second on Pladna’s sacrifice, but was stranded at second.
 
In the 10th inning the international tiebreaker rule started. Camille Cunningham moved to third on Tarrah Tucker’s sacrifice and scored on a sacrifice fly by Traci Gibbons, but CU answered in its half of the inning.
 
Cassie McKinney moved to third on Terrell’s sacrifice and scored on a passed ball, as Gibbons and the home plate umpire got tangled up behind the plate.
 
In the 11th Brittany Steverson moved to third on Jill Brock’s sacrifice and scored on Brittany Bradford’s double to leftfield. Britney Caldwell followed with a double, putting runners on second and third, and Bradford scored on a single from Brittany Yates for a 3-1 FHU advantage.
 
Gutierrez started the bottom of the inning at second, but Pladna grounded out to third and then she ran into a tag on a grounder by West. Donnelly popped up to end the game.
 
In the second game Steverson reached on an error to start the contest and moved to second on Brock’s sacrifice. Bradford and Caldwell both walked, loading the bases. Yates’ two-run, two-out single gave the Lady Lions an early lead.
 
In the third Bradford singled, Gulley doubled and Yates singled, loading the bases. Cunningham scored on an error by pitcher Gutierrez for a 3-0 FHU lead.
 
The Lady Lions added three more runs in the fourth after a leadoff single from Steverson. Bradford had a one-out RBI triple and Gulley drew a two-out walk. Both runners scored on an error by leftfielder Barlow, giving the visitors a 6-0 lead.
 
In the FHU fifth Steverson walked to leadoff and Bradford singled with one out. Steverson scored on a two-out single from Gulley for a 7-0 advantage.
 
Cumberland hosts Lyon College Friday at 1 p.m. in a TranSouth Conference doubleheader.