March 18, 20231234567RHE
Cumberland (TN)0020101481
Thomas More005212X10142
Win: A. Gels () 6.073323
Loss: K. Higgins () 2.052200
A. Whiles (CUMBERLA) 403300
H. McAdoo (THOMAS M) 232120
M. Branson (THOMAS M) 412301
D. Kemper (THOMAS M) 402100
S. Thoma (THOMAS M) 312010
J. Wefer (THOMAS M) 302100
T. Madden (THOMAS M) 222200
Saints' offense too strong for Phoenix in Game Three
Saturday, March 18, 2023
Saints' offense too strong for Phoenix in Game Three
(Credit: Kyle Allen)

CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky.-- Cumberland softball suffers a Mid-South Conference series sweep after losing game three to Thomas More University 10-4.

Thomas More (12-6) remained hot at the plate in game three, scoring ten runs on 14 hits with a home run. Cumberland played well in the final game but they could not slow down the Saints Offense.

Ashton Whiles capped off her great series with the bat, hitting 3-for-4 in game three while driving in three runs. Allie Burleson was the only other Phoenix to record multiple hits in the game as she went 2-for-4 with a double.

Kaitlin Higgins started for the Phoenix in the circle and pitched two scoreless innings to start things off. Cumberland struck first in the top of the third inning when Whiles ripped a one-out double, driving in Ashtyn Blair and Burleson.

Unfortunately the Saints would force Higgins out of the game in a five-run third inning. A leadoff triple followed up by an RBI single led to Annalee Moore coming in relief for the Phoenix. Four more runs came across in the inning for Thomas More with the help of a three-run home run by Branson giving the Saints a 5-2 lead.

Thomas More added a pair of runs in the fourth on two singles and a double to take a 7-2 lead.

The Phoenix showed some fight in the fifth when Burleson ripped a double and was later driven in on an RBI single from Whiles. Thomas More answered immediately with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fifth and added two more runs in the sixth to take a 10-3 lead into the seventh inning.

Cumberland was able to scratch one more run across in the game thanks to a Thomas More error but they ultimately fell 10-4 in the series finale with the Saints.

The Phoenix will continue their road stand on Monday as they travel to take on Bryan College.