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Cumberland Univ.0011001393
Win: Rachel Hawks (4-1) 7.093224
Loss: Maynard (4-1) 7.0125119
Rachel Fisher (WISE) 403000
Garcia (CUSB) 303110
February 27, 201312345RHE
Cumberland Univ.02100382
Win: Kellie Waycaster (0-0) 3.053232
Loss: Lozano (1-2) 2.137741
Sarah Wiltshire (WISE) 433000
Blackwood (CUSB) 312000
Pearce (CUSB) 302100
UVA-Wise takes two from Bulldogs
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
UVA-Wise takes two from Bulldogs
Natalie Garcia collected four hits and drove in a run in CU's doubleheader Wednesday against UVA-Wise. (Credit Steve Wampler)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Megan Dillon hit a pair of home runs, including a grand slam, and drove in seven runs in the second game and UVA-Wise plated four unearned runs in the opener, sweeping a doubleheader, 5-3 and 14-3, against Cumberland here Tuesday at the CU Softball Field.

The Bulldogs (9-4, 0-2 Mid-South) committed five errors in the doubleheader and looked like a completely different team than the previous day against Martin Methodist. The Cavaliers (8-1, 3-1) pounded out 22 hits against four CU hurlers, with Sarah Wiltshire collecting five hits and scoring five runs in the twinbill.

Natalie Garcia posted three hits in the opener for Cumberland and Allison Blackwood and Kaleigh Pearce each netted three hits in the two games, but CU struck out 10 times and stranded 14 runners in the doubleheader.

Courtney Maynard (4-1) took the loss in the opener, allowing five runs, one earned, on 12 hits with one walk and nine strikeouts. The righthander worked in-and-out of trouble the whole game, but untimely miscues by the Bulldog defense allowed the Cavs to score twice in the first and twice more in the seventh.

In the second game Jessica Lozano lasted just 2.1 innings to take the defeat, giving up seven runs on three hits with four walks and one strikeout. Cumberland used three pitchers in the game but allowed 10 hits and seven walks.

The Cavs scored a pair of unearned runs in the first inning of the opener thanks to a pair of CU errors.

Christina Ziemba led off the game with a single to left and Allyssa Zebrowski reached on an error by Pearce at shortstop. With two outs Dillon walked, loading the bases, before Heather James threw wildly to first on a grounder by Wiltshire. The ball bounced down the rightfield line, allowing two runs to score on the play.

The Bulldogs got a run back in the third when Shawnee Kirk singled and went to second on a wild pitch. With two outs Garcia singled to rightcenter, plating the run and cutting the deficit in half.

In the fourth Sydney Broderick and Pearce both singled to start the frame. Pinch-runner Amber Mayne stole third and scored when the throw sailed into leftfield by catcher Rachel Fisher, but the Bulldogs stranded Pearce at third with the game tied at two.

UVA-Wise took the lead in the sixth with three straight singles from Wiltshire, Fisher and Kirsten Velazquez. Natasha Dean singled up the middle, plating one run, but pinch-runner Mindy Combs was thrown out at the plate. Maynard got a groundout and a strikeout to end the inning without any further damage.

Wise plated two more runs in the final inning, again thanks to CU miscues.

Kristinia Romualdo singled with one out and Wiltshire and Fisher both singled with two outs, loading the bases. Velazquez then grounded to second, but second baseman Devon Jamerson kicked the ball into foul territory as she moved toward first base to field it, allowing two runs to score for a 5-2 Wise advantage.

In the bottom of the inning Megan Lavery walked with two outs and Garcia reached on an infield single before an RBI single by Blackwood, but she was thrown out at second trying to take the extra base when the throw went toward third, ending the game with the potential tying runs on base.

In the second game Romualdo walked to leadoff the second inning and two batters later Dillon belted with a two-run homer to left for an early lead for the Cavaliers.

The Bulldogs tied the game in the bottom of the inning, starting with a leadoff single by Blackwood. Jamerson walked with two outs and Pearce singled to center, scoring one run. Fisher tried to throw out Jamerson at third after the throw went to the plate, but it sailed into leftfield, allowing the runner to score as well.

But the Cavs exploded for six runs in the third to take control of the contest.

Ziemba singled with one out, stole second and went to third on a single by Wiltshire. Zebrowski walked, loading the bases, and Romualdo also drew a free pass, forcing in a run. Charity Lawson’s single to right scored another run, chasing Lozano from the game.

Dillon then hit her second home run of the game, this one a grand slam, giving Wise an 8-2 advantage.

In the bottom of the inning Garcia singled with one out and Blackwood singled and Jessica Roper walked with two outs, loading the bases. Sarah Murray also walked, forcing in a run, but Jamerson struck out, with CU leaving the bases loaded.

Wise kept pouring it on in the fourth with four more runs, as Dean led off with a single and Ziemba and Wiltshire followed with singles, loading the bases. Zebrowski walked, forcing in a run and prompting another pitching change for the Bulldogs.

Romualdo and Lawson both singled, driving home runs, before a walk to Dillon scored another for a 12-3 advantage.

In the fifth Wiltshire singled to left and went to second when the ball got by Lavery. Zebrowski then walked and both runners moved up on a wild pitch. Romualdo’s sacrifice fly plated one run and the final run scored on a ground ball by Lawson.

Cumberland continues Mid-South Conference play this weekend with a doubleheader Saturday at 1 p.m. Central Time at the University of the Cumberlands.