CU softball falls hard at Union
Friday, April 1, 2011
CU softball falls hard at Union
Caity Gray posted two hits in the first game against Union University Friday.

JACKSON, Tenn. – Cumberland University had its five-game winning streak come to an end as the Bulldogs managed just seven hits in two games off of Union University pitching, dropping both ends of a doubleheader, 7-3 and 16-0, at Fesmire Field on Friday.


Cumberland (19-14, 8-6 TranSouth Conference) fell for the 36th time in 42 games against Union all-time, as the CU pitchers gave up five total home runs.


Caity Gray was the only Bulldog to register more than one hit in the twinbill, getting two singles in the first game. Stephanie Gutierrez and Megan Lavery both had their career-long hitting streaks snapped, ending at 15 and six games, respectively.


Cumberland had just two hits through six innings in the opener as Union pitcher Keaton Kirk kept CU off balance all game, striking out nine batters.


Union got on the board first with a two-run homer by Shelby Lamb, and Cumberland answered with one run in the top of the second inning. Stephanie Gutierrez hit a high fly ball a few feet onto the outfield grass, but it was dropped by center fielder Miranda Mullen. The Cumberland third baseman was sacrificed to second and moved to third on Megan Lavery’s single through the left side of the infield. Gutierrez scored when Lamb bobbled the ball in left.


UU added another run in the second inning, but a great defensive play limited the damage and kept the score 3-1. With runners on second and third, Mullen grounded to Gutierrez, who sent the ball to Gray at first base. The Corona, Calif., native fired home, where Nicole Swann easily applied the tag to Tobie Joy, who was trying to score.


The homestanding Bulldogs tacked on another run in the fourth and three more in the sixth before Cumberland added two runs in the seventh to make the final score.


Nicole Swann drew a two-out walk before moving to third on a Meghan White double. Both runs came home when Gray delivered her second single of the game, but Cumberland was unable to keep the rally going.


In the second game, Union hit CU starter Courtney Maynard hard as the home team sent 12 batters to the plate in the bottom of the first inning with the first 11 safely reaching base. Cumberland recorded two outs on the basepaths, but a three-run homer, six singles and three walks turned into a quick 8-0 deficit before Maynard struck out Amber Hayes to end the inning.


A pair of two-run home runs in the second inning and a solo shot in the third put Union on top 13-0 before it added an RBI double and a two-run single in the fourth.


CU will look to get back in the win column at first-year program Blue Mountain College on Saturday.