March 17, 20231234567RHE
Cumberland (TN)13100319111
Thomas More101120510124
Win: E. Wisman () 1.0311
Loss: B. Griffith () 6.012101053
A. Whiles (CUMBERLA) 403400
H. McAdoo (THOMAS M) 403000
March 17, 202312345RHE
Cumberland (TN)00041583
Thomas More1602413131
Win: C. King () 4.075422
Loss: E. Cooper () 1.147612
A. Whiles (CUMBERLA) 302100
M. Branson (THOMAS M) 433601
Walk Off Grand Slam helps Saints win Two
Friday, March 17, 2023
Walk Off Grand Slam helps Saints win Two
(Credit: Kyle Allen)

CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky.-- Cumberland softball falls in game one 10-9 by the hands of a walk off grand slam, then loses game two 13-5 to go 0-2 in the Mid-South Conference doubleheader.

Cumberland had a good game offensively in game one scoring nine runs on 11 hits but a five-run seventh inning by Thomas More stunned the Phoenix in walk off fashion.

Ashton Whiles had an impressive day at the plate, hitting 3-for-4 with a team-high four runs batted in. Madison Koczersut also continued to stay hot offensively, hitting 2-for-3 with a solo home run. 

The Phoenix struck first in game one in the top of the first inning after back-to-back Saints errors put runners on the corners with one out. Whiles stepped up to the plate next and ripped an RBI single to bring home Anna Lay for a 1-0 lead.

Thomas More quickly tied the game in the bottom half of the inning with a sacrifice fly from Delaney Kemper. 

Cumberland stayed hot in the top of the second inning, adding three runs to their total. Kenzie France led things off with a base hit and Ashley Evans walked to put runners on first and second for Ashtyn Blair. Blair ripped a two-run double down the left-field line and was later driven in on an RBI single up the middle from Whiles to retake a 4-1 lead.

Koczersut helped stretch Cumberland's lead to 5-1 with her third home run of the season in the top of the third. The Saints responded with a run of their own in the bottom half of the inning after a double and an error led to another sacrifice fly.

Thomas More eventually tied the game back at 5-5 after scoring one in the fourth and two in the fifth, highlighted by a two-run home run by Josie Wefer. 

Whiles continued her offensive tear in the sixth, driving in a pair of runners with a double. Abby Chappell added a third run in the inning on a sac fly to left field. The Phoenix pushed one more run across in the game in the seventh inning when Lay ripped an RBI single through the infield for a 9-5 lead.

Two walks and a single loaded the bases for Thomas More with no outs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Wefer was walked to bring home the first run of the inning and Becca Mowen drove a walk off grand slam over the center field wall to give Thomas More a 10-9 victory in the seventh.

The Saints carried their momentum into game two, scoring seven unanswered runs to start the game. They pushed one run across in the first inning and added six more in the second with the help of back-to-back home runs.

Cumberland's offense finally woke up in the fourth inning where they scored four runs. France got the scoring started by roping a two-run double that drove in Chappell and Powell. Brylee Bartley stepped up next and delivered for an RBI single and was later brought in on a Thomas More error.  

Thomas More stretched their lead to 9-4 in the fourth inning after Branson hit an RBI triple and was brought in on a hard single. 

Whiles continued her great day at the plate, picking up an RBI single in the fifth inning to bring the score to 9-5. The Saints did not let off the gas in the fifth as they pushed four more runs in to run rule the Phoenix 13-5 in game two.

Cumberland will look to win the series finale against Thomas More University tomorrow at 11:00 a.m.