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CU swept by Patriots

Staff Reports • Mar 20, 2017 at 4:05 PM

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. – The Phoenix dropped a five inning 11-3 loss to the University of the Cumberlands in the opener and Tyra Graham recorded two runs, three hits and one RBI on the day including a one run double that tied the second game at four but the Patriots scored two runs in the sixth to win the final game of the series, 6-4 on Sunday in Williamsburg, Ky.

Two big innings for the Patriots (9-13) scoring five runs in the first inning and four runs in the third inning helped UC record their second Mid-South Conference win.

Cumberland (11-11-1) got its bats going in the fourth inning scoring their only three runs. A one run single by Tessa Tomaselli plated CU’s first run and loaded the bases for the squad. Shae Dunn then drew a walk, and Hernandez scored on the play. A single by Kassydi Montomgery brought across Tomaselli to pull the Phoenix within seven, 10-3.

The University of the Cumberlands scored one more run in the fifth inning to end the game in five innings, 11-3.

Alexa Snyder (3-3) took the loss for the Phoenix, allowing five runs, all earned, three hits and two walks. Freshman Allie Tomlinson came into relief and in two innings pitched, allowed five runs, none earned and five hits in two plus innings of work.

Nicole Pratt pitched the final two innings allowing one run, one hit and walking one batter. Tomaselli collected one hit, one run and one RBI in the opener.

Kacey Russell (5-3) got the win for the Patriots, her fifth of the season, allowing five hits, three runs and one walk.

The second game of the day looked much like yesterday’s as Cumberland battled to make a comeback but it wasn’t enough dropping a 6-4 decision.

The Phoenix got on the board in the first inning with a ground out by Tomaselli that plated Graham for an unearned run. The Patriots responded in the bottom of the innings with two runs to take a 2-1 advantage.

Dunn ripped a homer to center field in the second inning to knot the game at two but UC’s Cassandra Johnson hit a homer run off pitcher Kindsey Wilder in the bottom of the inning to regain the lead, 3-2.

A one run double by Shelby Prichard brought home Kassydi Montgomery to tie the game once again at three. A double by Kilburn for the Patriots scored in a run to put them ahead by one, 4-3 but a one run double by Graham evened the score at four in the bottom of the sixth.

Cumberland could not hold off the Patriots, scoring two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to win the final game of the series, 6-4.

Graham went 2-for-4 with one run and one RBI and Jocelyn Hernandez collected two hits. Wilder (2-2) got the loss, allowing six hits and three runs in three innings.

University of the Cumberlands Taryn Sigl (2-6) picked up the win, allowing one run, unearned, and two hits in two innings.

Cumberland is back in action on Tuesday, to take on host Campbellsville University for a doubleheader beginning at 4 p.m.

A walk by Kaylee James started off the first inning for the Patritos, and she then stole second and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Katie Baldock. A wild pitch thrown by Snyder allowed James to score in the first run. Ciara England then drew a walk and a double by Morgan Elliston plated England. A two run homer by Samantha Payne and a single by Hayley Kilburn forced a pitching change for Cumberland.

A two out single up the middle by Kailin Yantz advanced Kilburn to third, and while Yantz stole second Courtney Miles threw the ball down to try and get the out but Kilburn stole home for a 5-0 lead.

In the bottom of the second Baldock reached on a fielding error by Graham, and England doubled to left center and Baldock scored on the play for the Patriots sixth run.

UC scored four runs in the third inning as Madison Monnin doubled to left center to get into scoring position and a sacrifice bunt advanced her to third. James reached on an error and both Yantz and Monnin scored on the throw. A one run double by Baldock plated James and and Baldock advanced on a wild pitch. A single by England was all the Patriots needed to end the inning leading, 10-0.

A single by Graham in the fourth sparked a three-run inning for CU as Imani Torregano grounded out to the second baseman but moved Graham to second. A single by Hernandez advanced Graham and a one run single by Tomaselli scored in Graham.

Miles singled to the third base side to load the bases for the Phoenix. Dunn then drew a walk, and Hernandez came home and a Montgomery single to left field plated Tomaselli to cut the Phoenix deficit to seven, 10-3.

One run in the bottom of the fifth was all the Patriots needed and a one run single to right center by Yantz ended the game, 11-3.

Cumberland fought back to tie the game three times in the nightcap but two runs in the bottom of the sixth helped the Patriots to a 6-4 win.

Graham singled up the middle to start the game off and Taylor Woodring reached on a fielding error. Hernandez grounded out advancing both batters into scoring position. Tomaselli then grounded out, but Graham came home on the play for the only run of the inning.

A one run double by England in the bottom of the inning tied the game at one and a single by Monnin scored in England for a 2-1 lead.

Dunn then hit a homer to center field to knot the score at two but a homerun by Johnson gave UC a 3-2 advantage again. A one run double by Prichard in the fourth inning tied the game once again at three.

Monnin singled to right field and a Kilburn double scored in Monnin to regain the lead, 4-3. Montomgery reached on a fielding error and pinch runner Brianna Gregory advanced on a sacrifice bunt and then to third on a pop up by Kayala Hoppenjans. A double by Graham helped the Phoenix tie the game at four. Two runs in the bottom of the sixth for the Patriots put them ahead, 6-4 for the win.

Phoenix claim first MSC win

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. — The University of the Cumberlands scored three runs in fourth and sixth innings to claim a 6-5 victory in the opener but Sara Jordan allowed just one run and four hits in three-plus innings of work and Kassydi Montgomery collected three runs and three hits in the nightcap to secure a 10-6 win on Saturday in Williamsburg, Ky.

With bases loaded in the top of the third, Tessa Tomaselli drove in one run to put the Phoenix (11-9-1, 1-1 Mid-South) on the board and a two run double by Courtney Miles game Cumberland a 3-0 lead. Montgomery reached on an error by the left fielder which plated Tomaselli and Hoppenjans sac fly to the second baseman brought home Miles to give CU a 5-0 lead.

The Patriots (7-13, 1-1 Mid South) scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth and the sixth innings and did not allow Cumberland to score another run, sending the Patriots to a 6-5 win.

Imani Torregano, Tomaselli and Jocelyn Hernandez each collected one run and two hits in the opener. Kaitlin Kralj pitched four innings for the squad, allowing 10 hits and three runs and just one walk. Nicole Pratt (0-1) took the loss for the Phoenix allowing three earned runs and striking out two batters.

Kacey Russell (4-3) picked up her fourth win of the season pitching an entire game for the Patriots, allowing all five runs, four earned and two strike outs.

In the second game of the day a one run double by Tomaselli in the top of the first gave the Phoenix a 1-0 lead, but the University of the Cumberlands responded with a single run in the bottom of the inning to tie the game at one.

Woodring singled down the middle to plate Montgomery in the second inning to give CU a one run lead, 2-1.

Cumberland scored three runs in the top of the fourth off a single by Kayala Hoppenjans that drove in Miles and a two run double by Tyra Graham.

The Patriots came back in the scoring four runs to knot the game at five, but the Phoenix only allowed the University of the Cumberlands to score one more run in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Cumberland scored two runs in the top of the fifth as Tomaselli doubled to center field scoring in Torregano and a one run single by Miles. In the sixth inning Torregano singled to left field and an error on the Patriots scored in Graham. A one run single by Hernandez closed out the sixth inning with Cumberland leading, 9-6.

In the top of the seventh inning Montgomery hit a home run to left center to secure a 10-6 victory for the squad.

Torregano went 4-for-2 with two runs and one RBI and Tomaselli recorded two hits, one run and two RBIs in the nightcap. Kindsey Wilder opened up the second game, pitching three and a half innings allowing five runs and eight hits. Jordan came into relief half way through the fourth inning and allowed one run and four hits for the Phoenix.

Sydney Maynard (1-4) took her fourth loss of the season pitching three and a half innings and allowing eight hits, five runs, three earned and not striking out a single batter. Taryn Sigl came into relief allowing eight hits and five runs as well.

Graham walked in the third inning to start the line-up off and Torregano placed a perfect bunt and made it to first and advanced Graham to second. Hernandez then also singled off a bunt to load the bases for the Phoenix and a one run single by Tomaselli plated Graham.

Miles ripped a double to center field to plate both Hernandez and Torregano and Tomasseli moved to third. Montgomery reached on an error by the left fielder and Tomaselli came across on the play. Hoppenjans one out pop up to the second baseman scored in Miles to give CU a 5-0 lead.

Coari Robertson doubled to left field with one out in the bottom of the fourth and Samantha Payne drew a walk. Cassandra Johnson singled to left field and scored in Robertson on the play. Kaylee James then singled off a bunt helping the Patriots load the bases.

A two run single to right field by Katie Baldock plated Payne and Johnson to pull the University of the Cumberlands within two, 5-3.

In the sixth inning James grounded out to the Graham and Baldock flied out to right field for a quick two outs for the Phoenix but England then drew a walk. Elliston reached on an error by Graham and England advanced to second. Madison Monnin then reached on a fielding error to load the bases for the Patriots.

Kailin Yantz then doubled and advanced to third on the throws, and Monnin advanced to third and scored on the throw while, Elliston and England both came home for the 6-5 win.

A two out single to right center by Hernandez started the second game off and Tomaselli hit a double to center field to plate Hernandez for CU’s only run of the first inning. The Patriots responded in the bottom of the inning with a home run by England to knot the game at one.

Shae Dunn and Kayala Hoppenjans both grounded out to the short stop in the top of the second but Montgomery hit a double to center field to get a runner on base. Taylor Woodring’s one run single up the Middle plated Montgomery to put the squad ahead 2-1.

A big fourth inning started off with a single up the middle by Miles. Dunn the struck out swinging and Miles advanced to second on a wild pitch. Hoppenjans one run single up the middle drove home Miles for a 3-1 advantage.

Montgomery then singled to left field and Hoppenjans moved to second, before Woodring popped up to the third baseman. Montgomery and Hoppenjans each advanced a base on a wild pitch. A two run double by Graham scored in both Montgomery and Hoppenjans to extend the Phoenix lead, 5-1.

The Patriots came back in the bottom of the inning as Stephenson doubled to center field and Elliston singled and Stephenson came home on the throw. Monnin was thrown out at first but Elliston advanced to second.

Yantz reached on an error and was thrown out at second before Elliston came home to pull the Patriots within two, 5-3. Johnson was hit by the next pitch and James singled up the middle scoring in pinch runner Kilburn. James then stole second and a one run single by Baldock tied the game at five.

Torregano singled to start the fifth inning and a sac bunt by Hernandez moved Torregano to second. Tomaselli ripped a one run double to center field for CU’s sixth run. Miles then singled up the middle to score in Tomaselli for a 7-5 lead.

The University of the Cumberlands scored one final run in the bottom of the inning as Kilburn reached on a fielder’s choice and Monnin was thrown out on the play but Elliston scored.

Woodring singled to right center in the sixth inning and Graham reached on a fielder’s choice and then stole second. Torregano singled to left field and advanced to second on the throw while Graham scored on the play to pull ahead, 8-6. Hernandez singled down the right field line to bring in Torregano for the final run of the inning.

At the top of the seventh Montgomery hit her fourth home run of the year, to left center to secure the Phoenix’ 10-6 victory.

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