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Win: M. Clark (3-2) 7.053207
Loss: C. Schaefer () 3.295503
A. Burleson (CU) 412100
M. Clark (CU) 302100
A. Peach (CU) 322111
M. Hale (SHAWNEE) 312101
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Shawnee State100001X271
Win: C. Davidson () 7.041135
Loss: E. Cooper () 6.072113
A. Evans (CUMBERLA) 402000
M. Hale (SHAWNEE) 312000
B. Wolfenbar (SHAWNEE) 302000
Peach hits first career home run in game one; Copper loses pitchers' duel in game two
Friday, March 4, 2022
Peach hits first career home run in game one; Copper loses pitchers' duel in game two
Abby Peach hit her first career home run in game one at Shawnee State. (Credit: Bob Tamboli)

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio--Cumberland University softball split the first day with Shawnee State taking game one 7-3 and dropping a tightly contested 2-1 game in the night cap. 

Mariah Clark was in the circle for the Phoenix in game one. Clark went seven innings, allowing three runs on five hits, striking out seven with no walks to pick up the win.

The Phoenix launched one home run on the day. Abbie Peach had a long ball in the fourth inning for her first career collegiate home run.

Cumberland racked up ten hits in the game.  Allie Burleson, Clark, and Peach all managed multiple hits for Cumberland University.  Peach, Clark, and Burleson all had two hits to lead Cumberland University.

Mackenzie Hale went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead Shawnee State University Bears in hits.

The nightcap was a heartbreaker for Cumberland, as they lost the lead late in a 2-1 defeat.  The game was tied at one with Shawnee State batting in the bottom of the sixth when Cameryn Davidson singled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring one run to take the lead.

The pitching was strong on both sides. Shawnee State starter Camryn Davidson pitchers struck out five, while Emily Cooper sat down three.

The Bears opened up scoring in the first inning.  Rebekah Badgett hit a line drive that was caught, scoring one run.

Davidson led things off on the rubber for Shawnee State University Bears. The righty surrendered one run on four hits over seven innings, striking out five.

Emily Cooper tossed all six innings, allowing seven hits and two runs while striking out three and walking one.

Ashley Evans went 2-for-4 at the plate to lead Cumberland University in hits.

The Bears collected seven hits in the second game.  Brittani Wolfenbarker and Mackenzie Hale each racked up multiple hits for Shawnee State University Bears.

Cumberland left seven runners on base and had multiple opportunities to push across more runs. Ashley Evans led off the fourth with a triple, but Cumberland failed to get her in. Then again in the fifth, Kenzie France led off with a double and was moved to third on a sacrifice bunt, but CU again could not get the run in ultimately lossing 2-1. 

These same two teams will play again tomorrow at noon and 2:00 p.m. to complete the series.