March 20, 20181234567RHE
Cumberland Univ.321003211151
Bryan College4000010591
Win: Caplinger (9-1) 6.074331
Loss: Dunn (3-11) 5.087740
Caplinger (CU) 524300
O'Shields (BRYAN) 412000
March 20, 20181234567RHE
Cumberland Univ.02500108104
Bryan College0150000692
Win: Arndt (9-1) 4.220006
Loss: Johnson (4-7) 7.0108222
Caplinger (CU) 412100
Antonelli (CU) 412100
Petty (BRYAN) 423000
Big innings help Phoenix sweep Bryan
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Big innings help Phoenix sweep Bryan
Kayley Caplinger collected four hits, two runs and three RBIs in the opener helping Cumberland sweep Bryan College on Tuesday. (Credit Bob Tamboli)

DAYTON, Tenn. – Kayley Caplinger recorded four hits, two runs and three RBIs helping Cumberland defeat Bryan College, 11-5 in the opener and a five-run third inning for the Lions pulled them within one, but the Phoenix held on for an 8-6 victory in the nightcap on Tuesday in Dayton, Tenn.

In the opening game of the day Courtney Miles ripped a double to right field with bases loaded bringing in all three runs and putting the Phoenix ahead, 3-0.

In the bottom of the inning Bryan College (8-20) responded with four runs, with a 2 RBI double by Courtney Petty and Kimberly McKernie singled up the middle driving in a run to tie the game at three. Lindsey Dunn then reached on an error and McKernie scored on the play to help the Lions pull ahead, 4-3.

Cumberland (20-3) scored two runs in the second, Caplinger doubled to center field bringing hope Taylor Woodring and Imani Torregano. In the third inning Woodring drew a walk with bases loaded helping CU to a 6-4 lead.

A three-run sixth inning put the Phoenix ahead for good, Caplinger singled up the middle plating Tyra Graham and Miles walked with bases loaded bringing in Caplinger. Shelby Phelps’ RBI single up the middle scored home Brigid Antonelli.

Bryan tacked on one more run in the sixth inning as Leslie Beecham singled to center field, advancing to second on the throw and Walker scored to pull within four.

In the seventh inning Cumberland’s Torregano doubled down the left field line plating Graham and Tawnee Hegre then reached on an error by the shortstop, and Torregano scored securing an 11-5 victory in the opener.

Caplinger went 4-for-5 at the plate, with two runs and three RBIs and Miles added one run, one hit and four RBIs. Caplinger picked up the win, allowing four runs, three earned, seven hits and striking out one in six innings. Alexa Snyder pitched one inning, allowing one run, two hits and striking out two.

In the second game of the day, Cumberland scored two runs in the second inning, Woodring reached on an error and two runs scored on the play, putting CU ahead early, 2-0.

The Lions responded with one run in the bottom of the inning with a single by Marissa Murray that plated Petty.

Caplinger’s RBI double to right center scored in Torregano and Miles singled up the middle and advanced to second on the throw and Caplinger and Antonelli came home. Del Valle sac fly to right field brought in Hegre and Woodring’s RBI double to left center drove in Miles for a 7-1 advantage.

Bryan College tallied five runs in the bottom of the third to pull within one as Heidi Smith stole second and on a throwing error to second, Sydney Olander scored. Brown then singled to center field advancing Courtney Petty to second, Hannah O’Shields to third and Smith home.

McKernie then singled up the middle and advanced to second on the throw, scoring in two more runs for the Tigers. McKernie then advanced to third on a wild pitch and Brown scored on the wild pitch as well.

Cumberland scored one run in the sixth inning, with a single up the middle by Antonelli, driving in Graham for the final run and helping the Phoenix to an 8-6 win, extending their winning streak to 12 games.

Caplinger recorded two hits, one run and one RBI and Miles recorded two runs, one hit, two RBIs and drew one walk.

Kaitlin Kralj pitched two-plus innings for the Phoenix, allowing six runs, four earned, and seven hits. Morgan Arndt picked up the win, pitching four-plus inning and allowing no runs, two hits and striking out six.

Cumberland opens up conference play this weekend, traveling to Shawnee State for a doubleheader on Friday, March 23 at 1:30 p.m. and a two-game series on Saturday beginning at 11 a.m.