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Cumberland Univ.002002X452
Win: Maynard (3-0) 5.020017
Loss: Rucker (0-1) 6.054432
Brueggeman (MCU) 301000
Ybarra (MCU) 201000
Murray (CUSB) 312000
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Cumberland Univ.6220X10130
Win: Lozano (1-0) 4.130043
Loss: Smith (0-1) 1.278861
Maziarka (MCU) 101020
Woods (MCU) 201000
Rucker (MCU) 101000
Lavery (CUSB) 413200
Lavery, Hobbs lead softball sweep
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Lavery, Hobbs lead softball sweep
Kacy Hobbs belted a two-run homer in the opener and added a run and another RBI in the second game in Saturday's doubleheader sweep against Mid-Continent. (Credit Steve Wampler)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Megan Lavery and Kacy Hobbs belted two-run homers in the first game and Cumberland scored six runs in the first inning of the second contest, sweeping a doubleheader, 4-0 and 10-0, on Saturday against Mid-Continent University at the CU Softball Field.

Sarah Murray collected two hits in both ends of the twinbill and Lavery was 3-for-4 with two RBIs in the second game after her two-run blast in the opener. Allison Blackwood drove in three runs and Devon Jamerson had two RBIs in the 10-0 victory as well.

Courtney Maynard (3-0) tossed five shutout innings for the win in the first game, allowing two hits with one walk and seven strikeouts. Caroline Curran retired all six batters she faced over the final two innings for the save, striking out two.

Jessica Lozano (1-0) pitched 4.1 innings in the second contest, giving up three hits with four walks and three strikeouts. Blackwood got the final two outs of the run-rule shortened game.

The Bulldogs (6-1) took the lead in the opening game in the third inning after a leadoff single by Murray. With one out Lavery ripped a two-run homer to leftcenter, her first home run of the season, for a 2-0 CU advantage.

CU used the long ball again in the sixth, with Blackwood singling to left to start the inning before Kacy Hobbs belted a two-run shot down the leftfield line for a 4-0 edge.

That was more than enough for Maynard, who allowed one baserunner in each inning but only one to reach second base.

Cumberland scored six runs in the first inning of the second game, starting with an infield single by Lavery. She went to second on a bunt by Natalie Garcia and scored on Blackwood’s single to center. Sydney Broderick then singled to left before an RBI single from Murray.

A walk to Hobbs loaded the bases and Jamerson followed with a two-run single up the middle. Kaleigh Pearce also walked and Lavery dumped a two-run single into short rightcenter, giving CU a 6-0 lead after one inning.

In the second Blackwood and Broderick both walked and Murray singled to center, loading the bases. Hobbs fouled out down the rightfield line, but deep enough for Blackwood to score. Jamerson walked and another run came across on a bases-loaded free pass to Pearce, ending the day for MCU starter Colby Smith.

The Bulldogs added two more runs in the third when Garcia singled up the middle and Autumn Collins singled to left before a two-run single off the centerfield wall from Blackwood for a 10-0 Cumberland lead.

Lozano worked in-and-out of trouble, especially in the first and fourth innings. The righthander walked Anna Maziarka and Bry Navarro in the first, but Garcia made a nice running catch in deep leftcenter on a ball hit by Alyssa Ybarra to end the inning.

Smith sent Garcia all the way to the wall as well in the second inning and Ybarra walked in the fourth before a two-out double by Lindsey Rucker, but Ybarra was gunned down at the plate to end the inning.

Smith (0-1) suffered the loss in the second game, allowing eight runs on seven hits in 1.2 innings. She walked six and struck out one. Rucker was the loser in the first contest, making just two mistakes that led to CU’s four runs. She gave up four runs on five hits in six innings with three walks and two strikeouts.

Cumberland hosts Christian Brothers in a doubleheader Sunday at 1 p.m. and opens Mid-South Conference play with a home twinbill Wednesday at 1 p.m. against UVA-Wise.