Big innings send Bulldogs to two losses
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Big innings send Bulldogs to two losses
Megan Lavery collected three hits against Trevecca Nazarene Tuesday.

LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland University allowed a seven-run inning in both games of its doubleheader against No. 7 Trevecca Nazarene University, leading to a pair of losses Tuesday afternoon, as the Bulldogs dropped an 11-3 decision before losing, 10-2, in the nightcap.

 

The Bulldogs (21-17, 10-8 TranSouth Conference) started strong, but succumbed to a total of nine errors in the twinbill.

 

In the opener Cumberland scored in each of the first three innings, using sacrifice bunts to advance runners in all three.

 

CU took a 1-0 lead after CaSarah Gilliam doubled to lead off the bottom of the first and moved to third on Victoria Bennett’s sac bunt before scoring on an Allison Blackwood groundout. Cumberland got two more runners on base with two outs on back-to-back singles by Stephanie Gutierrez and Megan Lavery, but a popup ended the inning without any more runs crossing the plate.

 

Caity Gray started the second inning on second when Kelsey Lantrip threw a ball into the TNU dugout. Another throwing error on Heather James’ sacrifice bunt scored Gray and put James on second. After a strikeout James was sacrificed to third, where she was left stranded after another K.

 

In the third inning Blackwood singled to start the inning and pinch runner Christina Manis took second on Gutierrez’s sacrifice and scored when Lavery shot a double into the left-center field gap. The Mt. Juliet, Tenn., native was left on base along with Gray, who walked later in the inning, leaving five runners stranded through the first three innings.

 

Lavery, who went 2-for-3 in the contest, was named the Music City Star of the Game.

 

Cumberland did not have another baserunner on in the final two innings.

 

The Trojans hit back-to-back home runs in the second inning and added two more runs in the third, one of which was unearned, before blowing up for seven runs on five hits and a pair of CU errors in the fourth.

 

Blackwood was tagged for 11 runs, eight of which were earned, and suffered the loss, dropping to 9-9 on the year.

 

Game 2

Trevecca Nazarene 10, Cumberland 2 (6 innings)

Trevecca jumped out to a three-run lead through three innings, capitalizing on a trio of Bulldog errors.

 

CU missed several opportunities to cut into the Trojan deficit, including in the second when a double play ended the frame.

 

Gilliam and Blackwood opened the fourth inning with consecutive hits and both moved up a base on another Gutierrez sac bunt. After the second out, a popped up bunt attempt, Bennett drew a walk to load the bases, but a Trevecca got out the jam with no damage thanks to a strikeout for the third out.

 

Cumberland loaded the bases with no outs in the fifth inning with two errors and a bunt single by Manis, however the next two batters both hit it back to the pitcher, who came home to get the force. The second grounder turned into a double play at first base.

 

Trevecca made it a 10-0 game with seven runs in the sixth, including two home runs.

 

The Bulldogs tried to extend the game, scoring two runs in the bottom of the frame. The first came after two Trojan errors and Lavery scored the second after doubling to right-center and coming home on a double by Gray, who was left standing on second after two groundouts.

 

Cumberland travels to Freed-Hardeman University Friday and Lyon College Saturday before returning home next Tuesday to take on Blue Mountain College.