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Cumberland drops two at Austin Peay
Mar 09, 2007 12:00 am
CLARKSVILLE — Cumberland dropped a double header at Austin Peay 9-4 and 12-3 Wednesday.
The NCAA Division-I Lady Governors led 4-0 after two innings of the first game and, after Cumberland cut the lead in half, broke it open with five runs in the fifth as they accumulated 13 hits against Micki Geyman and Lebanon freshman Jennifer Brewington.
Freshman Ashley Taylor of Mt. Juliet, playing left field, had two of the hits and scored a run for Austin Peay.
Cumberland collected eight hits, including two by Geyman.
Austin Peay overcame a 1-0 Lady Bulldog lead in the nightcap to lead 5-1 after two innings. But Cumberland scored twice more in the third to chase freshman pitcher Meagan Williams of Mt. Juliet. Natasha Anderson came on to pitch 3 2/3 hitless innings with six strikeouts to pick up her first win of the season as the Lady Governors improved to 8-7.
Taylor, batting second and playing right field, went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI in the nightcap as Austin Peay pounded out 15 hits against Brewington and reliever Courtney Carr of Friendship Christian. The Lady Govs chased Brewington in the sixth and, with Carr in the box, ended the game with seven runs in the frame to activate the 10-run rule.
Jamie Smith had two of Cumberland's five hits and scored twice as the Lady Bulldogs dropped to 3-5.
Lady Bulldogs split Tuesday twin bill with Union
Cumberland outscored visiting Union 8-6 to gain a split of Tuesday's TranSouth Conference double header.
The Lady Bulldogs dropped the opener 7-6 in nine innings before picking up their first conference conquest of the season after three defeats.
Cumberland scored four times in the bottom of the second inning of the nightcap to wipe out a 1-0 Union lead and put Carr in position for her first college victory. The freshman allowed three runs on six hits and two walks while striking out three in five frames. Alli Donnelly tossed the final two innings as the Lady Bulldogs improved to 3-3 for the season.
Freshman Kayla Baird of Lebanon drove in two runs while her former Devilette teammate, Brewington, went 3-for-3 as Cumberland cracked 11 hits. Smith homered as she, Ashley Ferguson and Jackie West each had two hits.
Union scored three runs in the top of the ninth inning to break a 4-4 tie in the first game. Cumberland could counter with only two in the bottom half as Jessica Moon took the loss.
Moon pitched the full nine innings, allowing eight hits, including four home runs, and two walks while striking out five.
The visitors scored twice in the top of the seventh to force extra innings at 3-3. Each team got a run in the eighth.
Cumberland collected nine hits, each by a different player. Smith and Donnelly each drove in two runs.
Former Friendship Christian star Candace Cross, one of the NAIA's top cross-country runners for Union, played second base for the visitors in both games, scoring a run in the opener.
The Lady Bulldogs are scheduled to travel to Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Ga., on Saturday for a 2 p.m. scrimmage. Their next regular games will be at Tennessee Wesleyan in Athens at 2 p.m. Monday.