March 25, 20231234567RHE
Tennessee Southern0002111564
Cumberland (TN)202223X11132
Win: E. Cooper (7-3) 5.044434
Loss: S. Gilbreath (4-2) 3.064323
S. Gilbreath (UTS) 312201
A. Lay (CU) 424310
March 25, 20231234567RHE
Tennessee Southern0000000011
Cumberland (TN)020104X7111
Win: B. Griffith (8-6) 7.010007
Loss: M. Ciramella (0-1) 6.0117741
M. Cain (UTS) 201000
A. Blair (CU) 403200
Phoenix complete the Sweep on Senior Day
Saturday, March 25, 2023
Phoenix complete the Sweep on Senior Day
(Credit: Isaac Stephens)

LEBANON, Tenn.-- Cumberland softball completed the Mid-South Conference series sweep over UT Southern with two wins on Senior Day.

Cumberland dominated game one with their offensive performance, tallying 11 runs on 13 hits. Emily Cooper picked up the win in her senior day game, throwing five complete innings, allowing four runs on four hits while striking out four Firehawk batters.

Anna Lay led the team offensively with a 4-for-4 day while driving in three runs. Ashton Whiles continued to see the ball well, going 3-for-4 with two RBI. 

Cumberland jumped on the board first in the bottom of the first when Whiles singled to left-center field, driving in Lay from third. Two batters later, Jacey Hatfield pushed Whiles across with an RBI single to shortstop, putting the Phoenix up 2-0.

Ashtyn Blair walked to lead off the third inning and advanced to second on a wild pitch before getting brought home on a double from Whiles. Whiles ended up scoring later in the inning on a Firehawk error to put Cumberland up 4-0.

UT Southern responded in the top of the fourth with a long two-run home run down the left-field line by Stella Gilbreath to cut Cumberland's lead down to 4-2. The Phoenix quickly got two runs back in the bottom half of the inning thanks to three UT Southern errors.

UT Southern pushed another run across in the fifth inning but Cumberlands offense added two more runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning. Brylee Bartley hit a sac fly to bring in the first run and Lay brought home the second with a bunt single to third to extend Cumberland's lead to 8-3.

The Firehawks scored on a fielder's choice in the sixth but Cumberland would continue to dominate at the plate in the bottom of the inning. The Phoenix added three runs in the inning highlighted by a two-run single from Lay, giving them an 11-4 lead.

Cumberland allowed one more run in the top of the seventh but Kaitlin Higgins closed the door to give the Phoenix an 11-5 win in game one.

The Phoenix carried their momentum into game two of the day, racking up 11 more hits. Bailey Griffith looked her best in her senior day outing, facing the minimum number of batters in the game and only allowing one hit.

Kenzie France got things started in game two with a two-run double to right-center in the bottom of the second. France extended Cumberland's lead to 3-0 in the fourth inning with a solo home run over the porch in center field.

The Phoenix rallied for four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning with a two-run single from Ashley Evans followed up by a two-run double to the center field wall by Blair, giving the Phoenix a 7-0 lead.

The story of the game was Griffith in the circle as she faced the minimum 21 batters while picking up seven K's in the 7-0 win over UT Southern.

Cumberland will travel to Lane College Wednesday, March 29th for a midweek doubleheader.