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Martin Methodist0020000263
Win: Maynard (4-0) 7.062114
Loss: Robb (3-3) 7.076113
Garcia (CUSB) 312100
Kirk (CUSB) 312100
White (MMC) 412000
Grooms (MMC) 302000
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Cumberland Univ.03201219161
Martin Methodist040060X1071
Win: Danila (1-0) 5.1138731
Loss: Lozano (1-1) 2.246634
Collins (CUSB) 323000
Kirk (CUSB) 423200
Grooms (MMC) 312110
Bulldogs split twinbill at Martin Methodist
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Bulldogs split twinbill at Martin Methodist
Shawnee Kirk collected five hits with three runs scored and three RBIs in Tuesday's doubleheader at Martin Methodist.

LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland scored five runs in the seventh inning for a 6-2 win in the opener but stranded a pair of runners in the final inning in a 10-9 loss, splitting a doubleheader against Martin Methodist here Tuesday on a cold, wet and windy afternoon at East Campus.

Cumberland (9-2) trailed most of the opener, 2-1, before erupting for five runs in the seventh inning on four hits and one big error. Shawnee Kirk’s RBI single to center tied the contest and Natalie Garcia’s soft single to left plated the go-ahead run. Allison Blackwood’s groundout pushed across another before a two-run single to right by Sydney Broderick scored two more.

That made a winner of Courtney Maynard (4-0), who allowed one earned run and six hits with one walk and four strikeouts in the complete-game victory. She worked around four Bulldog errors and base runners in every inning for MMC.

Kirk and Garcia each had a pair of hits in the contest and Megan Lavery scored twice for CU.

The Bulldogs pounded out 16 hits in the loss but left 11 runners on base, including Lavery and Courtney White in the final inning. The Bulldogs had those runners on second and third with one out, but Blackwood lined out sharply to third base and Jessica Roper also hit the ball hard, a one-hopper to the shortstop, who made the play for the final out of the contest.

The RedHawks (7-5) took advantage of six walks and four hit batters to score 10 runs with just seven hits. MMC also scored three unearned runs in the second inning, two on a dropped pop fly in the infield.

Three Cumberland hurlers struggled to find a very tight strike zone, giving the home team its scoring opportunities, including six runs on just three hits in the decisive fifth inning. Jessica Lozano (1-1) took the loss, giving up six runs on four hits in 2.2 innings with three walks and four strikeouts.

Kirk and Autumn Collins each posted three hits, Lavery and Roper drove in two runs apiece and Kaleigh Pearce and Kirk both scored twice.

The Bulldogs scored a run in the first inning of the opener, with Lavery reaching on an error. She moved all the way to third on a bunt by Garcia and scoring on a sacrifice fly to leftcenter by Blackwood.

Katlin White started the scoring for the RedHawks with a one-out infield single in the third. She went to second on a bunt by Courtney Grooms and scored on Veronika Fukunisha’s single that squirted through the middle. Chae Ellis then drove a ball to rightcenter that fell over the head of Garcia, giving MMC a 2-1 edge.

Cumberland hit several line drives during the game right at defenders, but the hits finally fell in the seventh inning.

Kacy Hobbs led off with a single to center and with one out Pearce grounded back to the pitcher, but her throw to second was wild, opening the door for CU. Kirk’s single to center scored pinch-runner Collins and Lavery followed with a grounder to short, but Grooms missed the tag on the runner going to third and did not record an out on the play, loading the bases.

Garcia then singled to short left and Blackwood grounded out to short, both plating runs. Broderick’s single to right scored two more for a 6-2 lead.

Emily Robb (3-3) took the loss for the RedHawks, giving up six runs, one earned, on seven hits with one walk and three strikeouts.
Cumberland started fast in the second game as well, scoring three times in the second inning.

Roper drew a leadoff walk and Hobbs singled to left, but the next two batters grounded out before Kirk delivered an RBI single to left. The two runners moved up on a wild pitch and scored on Lavery’s blooper into leftcenter for an early lead.

But the RedHawks responded with four runs in the bottom of the inning on just one hit. CU starter Caroline Curran hit Dana Winfrey and Megan Anderson and the runners moved up on a bunt by Ciera LaGrange. With two outs Grooms singled to left, scoring one run, and Kaelin Dawson was also hit, loading the bases and prompting a pitching change.

Lozano induced a pop-up from Fukunishi, but Devon Jamerson battled the win and was not able to corral it, allowing two runs to score on the play. With runners on first and third MMC executed the double steal, with Dawson scoring before Fukunishi was tagged out to end the inning.

Cumberland responded with two runs in the third, starting with singles to center from Collins and Blackwood. Both runners moved up on a groundout by Roper and Collins scored on a ground ball by Hobbs. Pearce’s single to center gave the Bulldogs the lead back, but the club left the bases loaded after a popout and a groundout ended the threat.

In the fifth Pearce singled to center with two outs and Kirk followed with an RBI double to rightcenter for a 6-4 edge.

In the bottom of the inning Fukunishi was hit to leadoff and Ellis singled before a walk to Winfrey loaded the bases. Anderson’s single to left scored one run and LaGrange ripped a two-run double off the base of the wall in leftcenter. Another run scored on a passed ball and Jasmine Crenshaw walked, prompting yet another pitching change for the Bulldogs.

But Blackwood also had major issues with the strike zone, walking Grooms before the RedHawks were successful on the double steal again for another run. Dawson’s groundout pushed across another run and Crenshaw eventually scored on a wild pitch for a 10-6 lead for Martin Methodist.

Cumberland got two runs back in the sixth when Collins singled to leadoff and Roper hammered a pitch from Ana Dazila well over the 220-sign in centerfield, cutting the deficit in half.

In the seventh Kirk led off with a single and Lavery walked. Broderick singled down the rightfield line with one out, plating Kirk, and pinch-runner White stole second, setting up the final drama that unfortunately did not end well for the Bulldogs.

Danila got the win for MMC, allowing eight runs on 13 hits in 5.1 innings. She walked one and struck out one. Caroline Ezell picked up the very shaky save, giving up one run on three hits in 1.2 frames.

Cumberland opens Mid-South Conference play Wednesday with a Noon doubleheader at home against UVA-Wise.