Bulldogs fall in twinbill
LEBANON, Tenn. – Alli Donnelly collected three hits and gave up one run in five innings relief work, but Cumberland managed only nine total hits in a doubleheader loss to Tennessee Wesleyan, 6-0 and 3-0, Tuesday at the CU Softball Field.
Tennessee Wesleyan (7-7) scored five times in the fourth inning in the first game and then plated single runs in the first, fifth and sixth in the second contest for the sweep.
In game one TWC starter Brittany Fox (6-1) tossed six shutout innings for the victory, giving up just two hits with three walks and two strikeouts. CU starter Katie Goad (1-2) lasted just 3.2 innings, allowing five runs on seven hits with six strikeouts.
In the second game TWC’s Paige Goins (1-4) scattered six hits, walking two and striking out two. CU’s Stephanie Gutierrez (1-5) pitched well, allowing two earned runs on eight hits in 5.1 innings. She struck out two and did not walk a batter.
Donnelly had one of the Bulldogs (2-10) three hits in the opener and accounted for two more hits in the second contest. She tossed 3.1 innings in game one, giving up one run on two hits, and worked 1.2 scoreless frames in the game two. Gutierrez was the only other CU player with more than one hit in the twinbill, going 2-for-5.
In the first game TWC scored five times in the fourth inning on six hits. Megan Arndts led off with a double to leftcenter and Chealsey Baxter reached on a strikeout and a wild pitch. Baxter stole second and the throw sailed into centerfield, allowing Arndts to score.
Kanissa Webb then doubled to deep center, Heather Gibson followed with a double down the leftfield line and Rachele Moretto singled through the middle for another RBI. Shanda Barnett reached on a bunt single and Arndts had a two-out RBI single, chasing Goad from the contest and giving the visitors for a 5-0 lead.
The Bulldogs had a pair of runners in the bottom of the inning after Gutierrez was hit and Jackie West drew a walk, but Tonya Barlow grounded into a fielder’s choice and Emily Smith popped out.
In the TWC fifth Sunni Jackson singled to center to leadoff and moved to third on a one-out single from Gibson. Jackson scored on a groundout from Moretto for a 6-0 TWC advantage.
In the CU sixth Gutierrez singled to left, Karla Pladna was hit and West walked to load the bases. But Barlow struck out and Smith popped out to end the threat.
In the second contest TWC got a run in the first and could have had more. Tiffani Martin singled with one out before a single to center from Elisha Collins. Arndts then singled to center, scoring Martin. Collins went to third on the play and Arndts tried to move to second, but the throw from Paige Terrell was cut off by Gutierrez, who threw to second.
Arndts got in a rundown and Collins headed home, but Cassie McKinney’s throw to the plate nailed the runner.
In the bottom of the inning Terrell was hit to leadoff and Gutierrez singled with one out, putting runners on the corners. Gutierrez was thrown out trying to steal second and Pladna popped out to end the inning.
TWC added an unearned run in the fifth after a leadoff double from Gibson. Moretto followed with a perfect bunt in front of the plate, putting runners on the corners. Gutierrez struck out pinch-hitter Brittnie Hester, but then the visitors put on the double steal.
Gibson scored on the play when Smith’s throw went between the second baseman and shortstop and into centerfield.
The Bulldogs had a chance to cut into the deficit in the bottom of the inning after a leadoff single from Smith. She moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from McKinney and third on a groundout by Terrell, but Carr lined out to second to end the threat.
TWC added another run in the sixth on back-to-back doubles from Collins and Arndts for a 3-0 lead.
Cumberland starts a six-game road swing starting Saturday at Lambuth. CU plays at Lindsey Wilson Monday and Kentucky Wesleyan Tuesday before returning home Friday, March 20, against Martin Methodist.