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Loss: Newsome (3-9) 7.1115553
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Win: Abell (6-5) 5.031102
Loss: Hopf (1-4) 3.297400
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Tomaselli's four hits lead 10-1 CU win
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Tomaselli's four hits lead 10-1 CU win
Tessa Tomaselli posted four hits, two RBIs and scored twice in CU's 10-1 victory Saturday at the University of the Cumberlands. (Credit Steve Wampler)

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. – Tessa Tomaselli went 4-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBIs, Madison Gonzalez belted a three-run homer and Kristen Abell allowed just three hits in five innings in Cumberland’s 10-1 victory here Saturday in softball action over the University of the Cumberlands.

The Bulldogs (9-15, 5-5 Mid-South) lost the first game, 5-4, in eight innings despite a pair of home runs and four RBIs from Kassydi Montgomery. CU battled back from 3-0 and 4-3 deficits in the game, but a double with one out in the eighth by Chesney Williams scored pinch-runner Marti Hall with the game-winning run.

Tomaselli posted four singles, scored twice and drove in the team’s final two runs in the 10-1 win in five innings. Giselle Delgado scored three times in the win and Sydney Broderick added two hits for Cumberland in the victory.

Abell (6-5) retired the first nine batters of the game before a leadoff single from Kaylee James in the fourth for the Patriots (16-8, 5-5). Williams drilled a solo homer to start the fifth inning and Missy Buchanan dumped a single later in the frame, but the CU righthander ended a three-game skid with the win. She struck out two and did not walk a batter.

Montgomery posted her seventh and eighth homers of the season in the opener, the first a solo shot and the second one a two-run homer that tied the game in the fourth. She also plated Katelynn Stoll with a groundout in the sixth that squared the game at four as well.

Stoll was 3-for-4 in the contest with a pair of doubles and two runs scored while Benavides and Broderick each collected two hits as well.

Leah Newsome (3-9) took the tough-luck loss, allowing three runs on three hits to the first three batters of the game before settling down and letting the Bulldogs get back into the contest. She gave up five runs on 11 hits in 7.1 innings, walking five with three strikeouts.

James doubled to leadoff the first game and scored on Taryn Sigl’s single to center. Bethany Davis followed with a line drive two-run homer to left, her 10th of the season and third of the series. Davis walked her other four plate appearances in the game, all on four pitches.

Montgomery’s high fly ball just cleared the leftfield wall in the third, cutting the deficit to 3-1, and Stoll led off the fourth with an infield single. She went to second on Brianna Gregory’s groundout before Montgomery’s line drive over the wall in leftcenter tied the game at three.

The Patriots regained the lead in the fifth when Sigl was hit to start the inning and Davis walked before a single to center by Keli Bruning loaded the bases. Williams dumped a single down the rightfield line, scoring a run, but Newsome got out of the jam with a pair of groundouts and a foul out to keep it a one-run game.

Cumberland tied the game again in the sixth after a leadoff double by Stoll and consecutive groundouts from Gregory and Montgomery.

CU missed a chance to take the lead in the eighth when Stoll doubled to leftcenter with one out and Gonzalez singled to left, putting runners on the corners. Williams threw home and Mary Beth Hogue tagged out Stoll on a ground ball by Montgomery and Benavides struck out on a controversial called third strike to end the threat.

Davis walked with one out to start the rally in the bottom of the inning for CU. Bruning was hit before Williams’ double over the head of Stoll and off the base of the centerfield wall, scoring Hall for the walk-off win.

Cumberland plated three runs in the second inning to take an early lead in the second game.

Delgado reached on an error to start the frame and Stoll reached on a bunt single, a ball that fell out of the glove of a diving Davis. Gonzalez then lined a three-run shot to rightcenter, her first of the year, for a 3-0 advantage.

In the third Tomaselli led off with a single to center and Roper reached on a fielder’s choice, with Bruning flipping to get Tomaselli at second, but the throw was late. Delgado bunted and the throw to first hit off the glove of Bruning. The ball bounced away and Tomaselli scored on the play. Two batters later Broderick singled through the rightside, scoring Delgado for a 5-0 lead.

Tomaselli singled through the left side with one out in the fourth and Roper followed with an RBI double to leftcenter. Delgado then dumped a double down the rightfield line, off the glove of a diving Buchanan, putting runners on second and third.

Stoll’s single to right plated one run and Delgado came across when the throw to the infield sailed high, giving the Bulldogs an 8-0 edge.

Cumberland added insurance runs in the fifth, starting with a double to leftcenter by Maryah Cohen. Benavides singled to left with one out and went to second on the throw. Tomaselli collecte4d her fourth hit of the game, this one to center, scoring both runners for a 10-0 advantage.

Cumberland hosts Campbellsville University in a doubleheader at 1 p.m. on Tuesday at the CU Softball Field.