CU drops two to MMC
LEBANON, Tenn. – Karla Pladna collected a pair of hits and Alli Donnelly had one, but 13th-ranked Martin Methodist pounded out 20 hits and won a doubleheader, 9-0 and 8-0, over Cumberland in softball action Friday afternoon at the CU Softball Field.
Martin Methodist (17-6) hurlers Sally Gale and Christina Worth combined to allow just three hits and struck out six in the doubleheader. Pladna broke up Gale’s bid for a no-hitter in the first game with a single off the base of the centerfield wall to leadoff the fifth inning. Pladna singled in the first and Donnelly singled in the second for Cumberland’s only hits of the contest.
Katie Goad (2-3) took the loss in the first game for the Bulldogs, allowing nine runs on 11 hits in five innings. She walked four and did not strikeout a batter.
Alli Donnelly (0-5) took the loss in the second game, but she gave up just two earned runs on nine hits in six innings with three walks. The Bulldogs (3-13) made three errors in the contest, allowing MMC to score four runs in both the third and sixth innings.
Worth also homered twice for the Redhawks in the twinbill, a solo shot in the first game and a three-run homer in the second. She was 4-for-5 with four runs scored and four RBIs in the two outings, including a triple.
Brooke Kelley added four hits and five RBIs for Martin Methodist in the doubleheader.
Worth hit a solo homer for the Redhawks in the first inning of the first ghame and Nicole Velez belted a solo shot to leadoff the third for MMC. The visitors added four more runs in the third, as Worth followed Velez with a triple down the rightfield line. Alicia Boris singled home the run but was thrown out after rounding first too far.
Maria Robinson doubled to deep leftcenter and Kelley dumped a two-bagger into short leftcenter, putting runners on second and third. Samantha Queen drove home a run with a sacrifice fly before a two-out single through the middle from Nicole McWhorter. Nikki Osborne later scored on a double steal for a 6-0 MMC advantage.
In the fifth Worth walked with one out and Boris followed with a double to leftcenter. With two outs Kelley blasted a three-run homer to center for a 9-0 Redhawks lead.
In the second game MMC scored four unearned runs in the fourth inning. McWhorter led off with a single and Velez singled with one out. Worth then grounded into the six hole to Cassie McKinney, who tried to get the force at third, but her throw was low and rolled into the dugout, allowing McWhorter to score.
Boris was then hit, loading the bases, before a two-out single from Kelley plated one run. Queen then doubled home two more runs for a 4-0 Redhawks advantage.
MMC added four more runs in the sixth, including two more unearned runs. McWhorter walked to leadoff and after a sacrifice bunt, Velez lined to Pladna at second. She dropped the ball and then made a low throw to first.
Worth followed with her second homer of the contest, a three-run shot. Boris then singled and scored on a two-out single to center from Kelley for an 8-0 Martin Methodist lead.
The Bulldogs host Freed-Hardeman Tuesday at 1 p.m. and Lyon College next Friday, March 27, at 1 p.m.