LEBANON, Tenn. – Stephanie Gutierrez was a perfect 5-for-5 with a double and her second home run of the season, leading Cumberland University to a pair of victories, 8-1 and 2-0, over Blue Mountain College Tuesday afternoon.
Allison Blackwood and Courtney Maynard both pitched complete games, giving up six and three hits, respectively.
Cumberland (24-20, 13-11 TranSouth Conference) moved into sole possession of third place in the TranSouth with the sweep, winning back-to-back games for the first time since sweeping the BMC on April 2.
Sarah Murray returned to the Bulldog lineup for the first time since suffering fractures to her nose and orbital bone against Bethel University on March 22. The freshman, who missed 16 games, wasted no time getting back in the swing of things, driving a second-inning single to right-center field in her first at-bat. Gutierrez, who singled to start the frame, scored on the hit.
Murray later scored on a groundout by Caity Gray and Cumberland added two more runs in the inning with Heather James and Meghan White came home after singling and being hit by a pitch, respectively.
CU tacked on one run in each of the next four innings, including Gutierrez’s solo shot to left-center in the third inning. White and Gutierrez led both scored in the next two innings after hitting doubles. CaSarah Gilliam and Murray drove in the runs.
Gilliam, who recorded her third multi-RBI day, plated the final run on a groundout in the sixth. White crossed the dish on the play after getting on base on one of Blue Mountain’s two errors.
The Cumberland defense committed a season-high seven errors, but allowed just two runners to reach third base and only one run. Blackwood (11-10) also struck out Sam Sagely three times, all of which ended innings and left at least one runner stranded.
Cumberland 2, Blue Mountain 0 (Game 2)
Maynard struck out five batters, including two in the final inning, to secure a low-scoring victory for the Bulldogs in the nightcap.
Gutierrez, who was named the Music City Star of the Game, reached base three times with a pair of hits and a walk, while Gilliam and Megan Lavery also posted two hits.
Lavery’s bunt to begin the fifth inning led the CU’s first run as she was sacrificed to second and moved to third on a pinch-hit single by White before scoring on a hit up the middle by Gilliam.
Cumberland used another sacrifice to lead to a run in the sixth inning after Gutierrez led off with a walk. Following Victoria Bennett’s sac bunt, the Orlando, Fla., native was on second when Lavery sent an RBI double off the fence in left-center.
The Bulldogs travel to Martin Methodist College on Wednesday to play a doubleheader that was rained out two weeks ago. CU split with the RedHawks in the contest in Lebanon last month, snapping a 28-game losing skid to MMC. Cumberland's next home game is Senior Day and is scheduled for Friday against Union University.