Goad's homer lifts Bulldogs
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
LEBANON, Tenn. – Katie Goad got the win on the mound and helped herself with a three-run homer, as Cumberland split a softball doubleheader against Lambuth, dropping a 2-0 decision in the first game but winning the second contest, 4-2, Tuesday at the CU Softball Complex.
 
Goad (1-0) had a shutout heading to the seventh inning and stranded the tying runs in scoring position to pick up her first victory of the season. The righthander walked one, hit three batters and struck out four while scattering seven hits.
 
Goad fouled off several pitches before belting a line drive that hit the top of the leftfield fence and bounced over for a three-run homer in the first inning of the second contest for the Bulldogs (2-2). CU added another run in the second inning and cruised until the seventh, when Lambuth strung together four hits, posting a pair of runs and putting the tying runs in scoring position.
 
But Stephanie Gutierrez made a nice play on a hard one-hopper to third to end the contest, securing a split of the twinbill for Cumberland.
 
In the first game Lambuth (1-6) stranded a pair of runners in the second inning after a walk to Molly Wright and a single from Kendra McCray, but Stephanie Johnson grounded back to the pitcher to end the inning.
 
In the Eagles third, Lindsey Akin and Alyson Taylor recorded back-to-back doubles to rightcenter, plating LU’s first run of the contest. Jessica Brown followed with a single, but Paige Pyburn lined out and Wright grounded out to end the threat.
 
Lambuth added to the lead in the fifth after Brown doubled with one out and Wright tripled over the rightfielder Lauren Carr’s head for a 2-0 Eagles advantage.
 
The Bulldogs put together consecutive singles in the fifth from Alli Donnelly and Emily Smith. Tonya Barlow drove a ball to deep rightfield, but Lambuth’s Wright made a nice play. Pinch-runner Kristen McClanahan was forced out at the second on the play, ending CU’s only real threat of the contest.
 
Lambuth starter Dentaisha Wright allowed just four hits, all singles, walking two and striking out four, to pick up the victory. Gutierrez (1-1) took the loss, giving up two runs on eight hits with two walks and one strikeout.
 
In the second game, the Bulldogs scored three unearned runs in the first. Paige Terrell reached on a throwing error by Meadows, who was playing shortstop in the second contest. Terrell moved to second on a wild pitch and third on a sacrifice bunt from Cassie McKinney.
 
Gutierrez then grounded to Meadows, who nailed Terrell at the plate. But Karla Pladna followed with a single down the leftfield line, setting up Goad, who fouled off several pitches before belting a three-run homer that hit the top of the leftfield fence and bounced over.
 
CU plated another unearned run in the second after Barlow was hit to leadoff. Jackie West grounded to Lambuth’s Desiree Zullick at third, but her throw was low and went into rightfield, moving Barlow to third. Terrell then grounded a single through the leftside, plating the run for a 4-0 advantage.
 
Lambuth threatened to cut into the lead in the sixth after Zullick beat out an infield single and Autumn Taylor was hit with two outs. Jessica Brown then singled to center, but Terrell threw a strike to the plate, where West put the tag on Zullick to end the inning.
 
In the seventh Pyburn and Wright both singled to leadoff. After a strikeout Johnson doubled off the glove of Terrell at the base of the centerfield wall, scoring one run. Meadows then lined out to center before an RBI single to right from Zullick, who moved to second on the throw to the plate. Akin lined a hard shot to third, but Gutierrez gloved it and made the throw across the diamond to end the contest.
 
Cumberland plays a doubleheader at Freed-Hardeman Thursday at 2 p.m. The Bulldogs play at home twice next week, hosting Bethel College Thursday and Christian Brothers Sunday, with both doubleheaders starting at 1 p.m.