Goad's shutout leads CU to victory
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
LEBANON, Tenn. – Katie Goad tossed a five-hit shutout and Jackie West and Sandra Vasquez both drove in runs in Cumberland’s 3-0 victory in a doubleheader split Tuesday at Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro, Ky.
 
Goad (2-2) struck out six and did not walk a batter for the Bulldogs (3-11), who ended a nine-game losing skid with the victory in the backend of the twinbill. KWC did not have a runner advance past second base until the bottom of the seventh when the Panthers (8-10) strung together three straight singles before hitting a pair of fly balls to end the contest.
 
The Bulldogs scored a run in the second after Karla Pladna singled to leadoff and West drew a one-out walk. Both runners moved up on a wild pitch before a Goad walk loaded the bases. Pladna scored on a fielder’s choice by Vasquez for a 1-0 lead.
 
In the fifth Pladna walked with two outs and Alli Donnelly followed with a single. Pladna made it to third on the play and Donnelly moved up on the throw. West then singled to center, scoring one run, and Donnelly scored when KWC centerfielder Gabrielle Simmons booted the ball.
 
Donnelly had a pair of CU’s five hits in the win and Pladna scored twice. KWC’s Olivia Randolph (2-7) took the loss, giving up three runs on five hits with six strikeouts.
 
In the first game Donnelly (0-4) suffered the loss, giving up three runs, one earned, on five hits in four innings. She walked one and struck out one. Goad worked the final two innings in relief, allowing just one hit with two strikeouts.
 
KWC’s Haleigh Ashworth (6-3) tossed a one-hitter to pick up the win, striking out 10 with just one walk. Donnelly had the club’s only hit in the contest, a single in the second.
 
KWC scored twice in the third after Laura Helms led off with a single and Simmons singled with one out. Ashworth reached on a two-out error by CU third baseman Stephanie Gutierrez, allowing one run to score, and Mariel Hamer followed with an RBI single.
 
The Panthers added a run in the fourth after Randolph led off with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice from Eden Bray. Randolph scored on a two-out single from Leah Emmick, the final scoring in the contest.
 
Cumberland opens a six-game homestand Friday with a doubleheader against Martin Methodist and also hosts Freed-Hardeman on March 24 and Lyon College on March 27, with games starting at 1 p.m. all three days.