LEBANON, Tenn. – Courtney Maynard picked up her third win in the circle and Megan Lavery collected three hits and scored three times, as Cumberland split a doubleheader against Campbellsville University, dropping the first game 5-2 and winning the second 6-1 on Tuesday at the CU Softball Field.
Emily Nicholson and Sarah Murray also posted three hits apiece in the twinbill, including Nicholson’s team-leading fourth homer of the year, with the Bulldogs (4-2) recording nine hits in both ends of the doubleheader. Lavery walked and scored in the first, singled and scored in the third and tripled and scored in the sixth inning in CU’s victory.
Maynard won her third straight start, allowing one run on six hits in seven innings and keeping the Tigers (4-2) off-balance with a mix and fastballs and off-speed pitches, moving the ball in and out the whole game. She walked one, struck out four and lowered her earned-run-average to 1.11 through 19 innings this season.
Martina Riney (0-1) took the loss for the Tigers in the second game, giving up three runs in five hits in three-plus innings. Reliever Taylor Wroe allowed one earned run on four hits in three innings as well.
Cumberland dropped the first game despite collecting nine hits, stranding seven runners on base and running into two outs with bad baserunning. CU was just 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position in the game, leaving four on second or third base.
Allison Blackwood (0-2) suffered the loss, giving up four runs on eight hits in six innings. She walked one and struck out five. Campbellsville’s Courtney Turpin (2-1) picked up the win, scattering nine hits but allowing just two runs with one walk and four strikeouts.
In the first game, Campbellsville’s Heather Oakley doubled to leadoff the third inning and scored on Emma Napier’s double to leftcenter. With two outs Bailey Dillender singled to center and Napier came across on the play for a 2-0 Campbellsville lead.
Victoria Bennett drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the inning for CU and moved to second on a wild pitch. Kaleigh Pearce laced a ball to deep center and Bennett had to hold up to make sure the ball fell, but she tried to score on the play and was easily thrown out at the plate.
The Tigers added a run in the fifth when Kacie Vincent beat out an infield single, stole second and scored on a two-out single to short left from Dillender.
Kristin Benton singled to leadoff the Tigers sixth and Turpin was hit. Oakley then walked, loading the bases, before pinch-hitter Brooke Boils was hit, forcing in a run. Blackwood worked out of the jam without any further damage, but the visitors still led 4-0.
Blackwood led off the bottom of the inning with a shot to leftcenter, but she was thrown out trying to stretch it to a double. Sydney Broderick followed with a single to center before Nicholson’s fourth home run of the year, a line shot to leftcenter, cutting the deficit in half.
Dillender blasted a solo homer to deep rightcenter into the wind to leadoff the seventh for Campbellsville for the final run of the game. Dillender was 3-for-4 with three RBIs and a run scored, while Benton and Sara Paragon each collected two hits in the game for the Tigers.
The Bulldogs got singles from Pearce and Caity Gray in the seventh, but Blackwood lined sharply into a doubleplay to end the game.
Cumberland took the lead in the second game in the first inning after Lavery drew a 10-pitch walk, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Gray and scored on Blackwood’s double off the wall in leftcenter.
Lavery was in the middle of the action again in the third, singling to left and taking second and third on another sac bunt by Gray. Blackwood’s sacrifice fly to rightcenter gave the Bulldogs a 2-0 advantage.
CU added three more runs in the fourth, starting with a leadoff double from Kacy Hobbs and an RBI single by Murray. Bennett was hit and Lavery’s sac bunt moved the runners to second and third. With two outs Gray bounced to short, but Oakley dropped the throw at first base, allowing both runners to score for a 5-0 lead.
Alyssa Barker and Oakley both singled to leadoff the Campbellsville fifth and Vincent’s sacrifice moved the runners to second and third. Napier’s flyout to right got the Tigers on the board.
Lavery helped the Bulldogs push the lead back to five with a one-out triple to rightcenter in the sixth. Gray’s groundout pushed the run across for a 6-1 CU edge.
Cumberland hosts Indiana Wesleyan on Friday in a 12:30 p.m. doubleheader and takes on Covenant College in a twinbill on Saturday at 1 p.m., also at home.