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Cumberland Univ.0111003681
Win: Trice (1-0) 6.286333
Loss: Curran (1-1) 2.064401
Bradley (FHU) 412200
Cummings (FHU) 302010
Norfork (FHU) 412201
Morgan (FHU) 312110
Blackwood (CUSB) 302000
Hobbs (CUSB) 402100
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Point Univ.20000101004103
Cumberland Univ.1200000101595
Win: Maynard (2-0) 10.0104227
Loss: Edge (0-0) 1.011002
Wilson (POINT) 512000
Paterson (POINT) 502100
Deel (POINT) 412010
Garcia (CUSB) 422000
Blackwood (CUSB) 402010
Broderick (CUSB) 402200
Bulldogs split final two games at MMC Meltdown
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Bulldogs split final two games at MMC Meltdown
Courtney White scored the winning run in the 10th inning in CU's 5-4 victory Friday over Point University. (Credit Steve Wampler)

PULASKI, Tenn. – Courtney White scored the winning run after a single by Allison Blackwood in the 10th inning, as Cumberland defeated Point University, 5-4, in the MMC Meltdown here late Friday night. The Bulldogs lost, 8-6, to Freed-Hardeman earlier in the evening.

White started the inning on second base as part of the international tiebreaker rule and Blackwood singled sharply to rightfield. White had to hold on the play because Point first baseman Haleigh Paterson nearly caught the line drive. White headed for the plate but stopped halfway there and was caught in a rundown.

She took a couple steps toward third and then went back toward home and was safe when the ball squirted loose from pitcher Jordan Edge’s glove as she tried to catch the throw from third baseman Kayla Kirkland and make the tag at the same time.

Courtney Maynard picked up the win for the Bulldogs in the circle, gutting out the entire 10 innings without her best stuff. The righthander scattered 10 hits but gave up just two runs with two walks and seven strikeouts. She stranded 14 baserunners for the Skyhawks, including 12 in scoring position.

Natalie Garcia collected two hits and scored twice for CU, while Megan Lavery and Sydney Broderick each drove in two runs. Broderick and Blackwood both had two hits as well and White scored twice, both in extra innings.

Point scored twice in the first inning thanks to a pair of errors by third baseman Kacy Hobbs. On consecutive ground balls her throw to first was wide, allowing Diamond Wilson to reach second and then score on the second one off the bat of Megan Hull. With one out Paterson singled to center, plating the second run.

The Bulldogs got a run back in the bottom of the inning when Garcia singled past the third baseman and Lavery bunted her to second. Blackwood walked with two outs before an RBI single to center from Broderick.

CU took the lead in the second, starting with a two-out single up the middle by Devon Jamerson. Garcia followed with a single to left and the runners moved up on a wild pitch before Lavery found a hole with a grounder through the right side, plating both runs for a 3-2 advantage.

Maynard worked in-and-out of trouble most of the contest, with the Skyhawks leaving at least one runner in every inning. Paterson and Amy Goodson both singled with two outs in the third, but Brooke Head popped up to end the frame. In the fourth Kirkland reached on an error and Wilson singled, but Maynard induced a pair of groundouts to end the threat.

The Skyhawks finally tied the game in the sixth when Kyndal Deel drew a leadoff walk and Kristin Sharp bunted the runner to second. Kirkland followed with a free pass before a bunt single by Wilson loaded the bases. Hull’s grounded pushed across the run and neither team could score in the seventh, sending the game to extra innings.

In the eighth the international tiebreaker rule went into effect and both teams scored. Deel started the inning on second base and tried to steal third but was gunned down by Broderick, a recurring theme for the Skyhawks, who were thrown out trying to take the extra base on three occasions during the contest.

Sharp struck out but got to first when the ball was in the dirt and Broderick threw to third to gun down Deel. Kirkland then ripped a double off the wall in rightcenter, missing a home run by maybe two feet, scoring Sharp for a 4-3 Point lead.

In the bottom of the inning Broderick’s one-out single to left plated White, who slid in just under the tag, tying the game once again.

Neither team scored in the ninth but the Skyhawks missed their chance in the 10th inning, with Goodson reaching third on a bunt by Head and Deel followed with a bunt single, putting runners on the corners. Sharp beat a ball into the ground just in front of the plate and Broderick picked it up and tagged Goodson heading for the plate. Kirkland grounded out to end the inning, setting up the final score for CU.

Cumberland fell behind 5-1 and 6-2 and was never able to recover in the loss to Freed-Hardeman. Blackwood and Hobbs each posted two hits but the Bulldogs were very unlucky in the game, hitting line drives right at players all over the field on several occasions.

Caroline Curran (1-1) took the loss for CU, allowing four runs on six hits in two innings. Blackwood tossed the final five innings, giving up four runs on five hits, but two of those runs came in the final innings.

The Lions (2-0) scored four times in the second inning to take control of the game, starting with a two-out single to left by Kamara Trice. Natalie Nelson then singled before an RBI double by Bailey Morgan. Caneisha Turner reached on ball that fell between the plate and pitcher’s circle, plating a run, and Lauren Bradley tripled home two more runs for FHU.

In the bottom of the inning Kaleigh Pearce and Sarah Murray started the frame with walks and Hobbs singled to right before pinch-hitter Emily Nicholson was hit with two outs, forcing in a run.

But Freed-Hardeman answered with a run in the third. Sarah Cousar was hit to leadoff and Mercedes Norfork followed with another single in front of the plate. Amber Vansandt sacrificed the runners up and a walk to Trice loaded the bases. Nelson’s groundout plated the run for the Lions.

Jessica Roper doubled with one out in the bottom of the inning for CU and Pearce followed with an RBI single, scoring pinch-runner Autumn Collins.

Again FHU came right back, this time with an infield single by Bradley, a walk to Shelby Cummings and an RBI groundout by Norfork.

Garcia singled up the middle with one out in the bottom of the frame, stole second, went to third when the throw sailed into centerfield and scored after the ball got past the centerfielder.

The Lions added two insurance runs in the seventh, starting with a leadoff homer to left by Norfork. Vansandt reached on an error and Trice walked before a single to center by Morgan loaded the bases. Allie Carpenter’s sacrifice fly pushed across FHU’s final run.

Lavery singled to right to leadoff the bottom of the seventh and moved to third on a pair of wild pitches. Collins grounded out to second to plate Lavery, but the Bulldogs were not done.

Blackwood then singled and Roper walked before Pearce reached on an error to load the bases. Murray’s groundout scored a run and Hobbs followed with an RBI single to center, cutting the deficit to 8-6. That forced a pitching change for FHU, with Cousar coming on to get the final out, a strikeout of Jamerson.

Trice posted the win for the Lions, allowing three earned runs on eight hits in 6.2 innings. She walked three and struck out three.

Cumberland hosts a pair of doubleheaders next weekend at the CU Softball Field, taking on Mid-Continent on Saturday and Christian Brothers on Sunday, both at 1 p.m.