February 15, 20131234567RHE
Cumberland Univ.1000002361
Indiana Tech1010000243
Win: Blackwood (1-0) 4.010004
Loss: Craven (0-1) 6.043201
Broderick (CUSB) 201000
Roper (CUSB) 301000
Pearce (CUSB) 311100
Jamerson (CUSB) 301000
Murray (CUSB) 301100
Kelley (CUSB) 301000
Suplicki (IND) 302100
Pearce, Murray drive in runs in come-from-behind win
Friday, February 15, 2013
Pearce, Murray drive in runs in come-from-behind win
Sarah Murray's double in the seventh inning drove in the winning run in CU's 3-2 win Friday against Indiana Tech. (Credit Steve Wampler)

PULASKI, Tenn. – Allison Blackwood tossed four shutout innings of relief, striking out four, and Kaleigh Pearce and Sarah Murray each drove in runs in the final inning, helping Cumberland to a 3-2 victory over Indiana Tech in the first of three games here Friday at the MMC Meltdown.

The Bulldogs play twice more Friday against Freed-Hardeman at 4 p.m. and Point University at 7 p.m.

Cumberland managed just one hit in the first six innings before busting loose with five in the final frame, including RBI doubles from Pearce and Murray for the come-from-behind victory. Pearce’s shot down the leftfield line plated pinch-runner Amber Mayne after a leadoff single by Jessica Roper.

With one out Murray laced a double into leftcenter, pushing across Pearce with the go-ahead run.

Blackwood (1-0) retired 12 of the 13 batters she faced, allowing just a two-out single in the sixth. The lefthander allowed just one hard-hit ball in her four frames, the final out of the game on a line drive to centerfield.

Pearce, Devon Jamerson, Murray and Megan Kelley, the bottom four in the batting order, recorded four of the team’s six hits in the contest.
The Bulldogs got on the board in the first inning after Sydney Broderick doubled with two outs. Pinch-runner Autumn Collins went to third on a wild pitch and scored when second baseman JC Plezbert booted a grounder off the bat of Blackwood.

But the Warriors answered with a run in the bottom of the inning, as Martika Armstead led off with a double, moved to third on a groundout and scored on a two-out single to center by Patrice Suplicki.

In the third Sofia Johantgen reached on an error by shortstop Pearce, stole second and scored on a single up the middle by Plezbert.

Cumberland managed little against Tech starter Taylor Craven (0-1), who induced 16 ground balls in the first six innings before the club finally figured out the soft thrower in the seventh. She gave up three runs on four hits in six-plus innings.