February 13, 20191234567RHE
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Cumberland Univ.0001010285
Win: Hayden (1-0) 7.082232
Loss: Caplinger (0-1) 7.063013
Lee-Barbadillo (AAMU) 402100
Torregano (CUSB) 302010
Del Valle (CUSB) 302100
February 13, 2019123456RHE
Alabama A&M000100131
Cumberland Univ.003100491
Win: Arndy (1-0) 6.031124
Loss: Hansell (0-1) 6.094342
Lee-Barbadillo (AAMU) 311101
Edwards (AAMU) 201000
Davis (AAMU) 201000
Graha (CUSB) 412000
Caplinger (CUSB) 312100
Phoenix split season-opening doubleheader
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Phoenix split season-opening doubleheader
Morgan Arndt allowed one run on three hits in six innings for the victory Wednesday against Alabama A&M. (Credit Ed Torregano)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Morgan Arndt allowed one run on three hits in six innings and Tyra Graham and Kayley Caplinger each posted two hits and scored a run, helping Cumberland win the second game, 4-2, and split the season-opening doubleheader against Alabama A&M in softball action here Wednesday at CU Softball Field.

The Phoenix (1-1) posted six errors and allowed three unearned runs in the opener, making a loser of Caplinger in the circle, who gave up just five hits with one walk and three strikeouts in a 3-2 loss.

Cumberland plated three runs in the third inning in the second contest and led 4-1 headed to the seventh before the Bulldogs (1-1) plated three runs in the inning, but the contest was called due to darkness at the end of the half inning. By rule the score reverts to the last completed full inning, giving CU the victory.

Courtney Miles and Kaylee Luckett each posted RBI singles and another run scored on an error in the three-run third for the Phoenix. Caplinger’s RBI single in the fourth put the home team ahead, 4-1.

That was enough for Arndt, who walked two and struck out four to get the victory in the circle. The righthander worked around an error and a single in the second and gave up a solo homer in the fourth but faced only five batters over the minimum in the six frames.

Alabama A&M hurler Lisabelle Hansell gave up four runs, three earned, on nine hits with four walks and two strikeouts in six innings to take the loss.

In the opener the Bulldogs plated single runs in the first, fifth and seventh innings, but Cumberland knotted the contest in the fourth on a two-out single from Paolo Del Valle and Miles belted a homer in the sixth to even the contest at two. Alabama A&M plated the winning run thanks to the fifth error of the contest from CU to take the lead again in the seventh and claim the win.

Lauren Hayden picked up the win for AAMU, giving up two runs on eight hits. The lefthander walked three and struck out two in the complete game. Cumberland stranded seven runners in the first game and eight in the second contest, missing chances to take the lead or blow the game open.

The Bulldogs got an unearned run in the first inning in the opener after a nine-pitch leadoff walk by Ariel McAtee and a sacrifice bunt from Danielle Hansell. With two outs McAtee moved to third on a wild pitch and Madison Pozzi was hit. AAMU tried the double steal and Graham dropped the throw at second, trying to make the tag before she made the catch. The ball bounced away and McAtee scored for a 1-0 Alabama A&M edge.

Cumberland stranded a pair in the bottom of the inning thanks to a two-out single by Caplinger and a double from Brigid Antonelli, but Tawnee Hegre flied out to end the threat.

Caplinger worked out of a bases loaded jam in the second inning that included two CU errors.

Alyssa Lopez led off with a single up the middle and Lisabelle Hansell’s grounder was booted by second baseman Madison Woodruff. Tia Davis reached on a misplayed fly ball in leftfield by Jasmine Krauss. McAtee struck out and Danielle Hansell fouled out to end the inning with the Bulldogs still leading, 1-0.

The Phoenix knotted the contest in the fourth when Miles drew a one-out walk and pinch-runner DeeDee Dunn advanced to second on a fly ball in foul territory down the leftfield line by Taylor Woodring. Del Valle then singled to left, plating Dunn to even the game.

That didn’t last long, though, as Alabama A&M came back in the fifth with a run, starting with a one-out single by Danielle Hansell. Tamia Lee-Barbadillo followed with a single and Pozzi reached on an error by Krauss, a ball that got under her glove, allowing Hansell to come across with the go-ahead run.

Miles tied the game again in the sixth inning with a solo blast to left, but more miscues by Cumberland allowed the Bulldogs to answer in the seventh.

McAtee reached on an error by Antonelli to leadoff and took second on the play. Danielle Hansell sacrificed the runner to third and Lee-Barbadillo followed with an RBI single to left for a 3-2 AAMU advantage.

Cumberland got on the board with three runs in the third inning in the second contest, with two-out singles by Caplinger and Antonelli starting the rally. Miles plated a run with a single to left and Del Valle walked, loading the bases.

Luckett then singled to left, plating a run, and Miles came across on an error by AAMU’s McAtee for a 3-0 CU lead.

The Bulldogs got a run back with a solo homer in the fourth by Lee-Barbadillo, but Graham and Torregano both singled with one out in the bottom of the inning and Caplinger’s single to left pushed across a run for a 4-1 Phoenix advantage.

In the seventh Dorian Edwards reached on an infield single, a squibber up the middle, and Shelby Scrivnor singled to leftcenter. Haleigh Weekly grounded to third, but Antonelli’s throw to first got by Miles and Bailey Giordano, who couldn’t figure out who was covering the bag on the slap.

One run scored on the play and the runners took second and third. Tia Davis grounded to third but in the hole, allowing Scrivnor to score, and McAtee’s ground ball to third also pushed across a run to even the game. By then almost complete darkness had fallen on the stadium and the game was called after one batter in the bottom of the seventh.

Cumberland hosts Calumet College of St. Joseph for a four-game series this Saturday and Sunday, with both contests starting at Noon.