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Win: A. Gels (1-0) 6.050018
Loss: M. Clark (0-2) 7.0108639
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B. Hobeika (THOMAS M) 422100
M. Fisher (THOMAS M) 412200
A. Evans (CUMBERLA) 402000
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Thomas More101000262
Win: E. Cooper (1-1) 6.062101
Loss: E. Kent (0-1) 2.054404
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M. Clark (CUMBERLA) 423200
France blasts two homers in game two as Phoenix split doubleheader with Saints
Saturday, February 26, 2022
France blasts two homers in game two as Phoenix split doubleheader with Saints
Kenzie France hit two homers and recorded five RBIs in the second game of the doubleheader (Credit: Bob Tamboli)

LEBANON, Tenn.-- Cumberland Softball (1-3, 1-1MSC) splits their first doubleheader of the weekend against Thomas More (1-3, 1-1 MSC). Cumberland dropped the first game 8-1 before finding some offense in game two winning 10-2. The Phoenix first win of the season is also the first win for Stephanie Theall as head coach of the team.

The Thomas More Saints got off to a hot start in the first game, and the Phoenix struggled to convert opportunities into runs. Thomas More established a 2-0 lead after the top of the second, where they scored on a sac-fly and an RBI single by Mattison Fisher. The Saints put up a similar output in the third as they got on base and drove in two runs.

Cumberland had an opportunity to cut into the lead in the bottom of the inning but left Ashley Evans in scoring position after a double to left-center field. The Phoenix also did the same in the bottom of the fourth when they left Allyson Shoulders and Madison Koczersut on base. The Saints went on to expand their lead to eight runs in the top of the seventh. Cumberland started to put people on base and scored a run in the bottom of the inning on an RBI single from Allie Burleson.

Thomas More took game one of the doubleheader 8-1. The Phoenix had their opportunities in game one as they were only outhit 10-8, but could not turn any of those base runners into runs. Three errors in the field also hurt the Phoenix in the first game.

Mariah Clark pitched all seven innings for the Phoenix tallying nine strikeouts while giving up eight hits and six earned runs. Annika Gells pitched the six innings for the Saints and recorded eight strikeouts while giving up no runs earning the victory. Seven Phoenix batters recorded hits in the first game including Ashley Evans, Abby Peach, Madison Koczersut, Kenzie France, Allyson Shoulders, Macy Powell, and Allie Burleson. Evans was the only Phoenix batter with two hits, while Burleson recorded CU's lone RBI.

Although Thomas More struck first in Game two on a throwing error, from that point on the game was all Cumberland. Koczersut started out the game with an RBI double to tie it up, and Clark followed that up with an RBI single to bring home Koczersut. Kenzie France came up to the plate and hit a two-run homer out of left-center to give the Phoenix a 4-1 lead heading into the second. The Saints managed to cut into the Phoenix lead 4-2 after an RBi single from Caitlin Dawson.

With two runners on base in the bottom of the third, France stepped up to the plate and hit a three-run home run out of right-center to give the Phoenix a comfortable 7-2 lead. After neither team scored in the fourth or fifth innings, the Phoenix put up a huge sixth inning to win via run rule.

Koczersut turned a hard-fought at-bat into a walk with loaded bases to bring home Addison Melton. Clark followed that up with an RBI single to score Powell before Ashtyn Blair was walked with loaded bases to make the final score 10-2 Cumberland. The Phoenix outhit the Saints 10-6 in the game, while the Saints had fewer errors by a mark of 3-2.

Emily Cooper had a great outing for the Phoenix earning the win after six innings pitched while only allowing one earned run. Three Phoenix batters had multi-hit performances in the game including Evans, Clark, and France. Clark led the Phoenix with three hits in the second game while both of France's hits were home runs. France led the team with five RBIs over the course of the game. Koczersut, Blair, and Shoulders recorded the other three hits for the Phoenix.

Cumberland and Thomas More are back on the field tomorrow beginning at noon for another doubleheader to close out the weekend.