CU softball dedication

Cumberland dedicated Billy Dee Ross Stadium Saturday, April 6

Woodruff has 5 RBI in opener -

LEBANON -- Madison Woodruff posted four hits and five RBIs in the opener and Kayley Caplinger tossed five strong innings in the second game, helping Cumberland to a doubleheader sweep for the second straight day, 10-5 and 5-4, over Shawnee State at Billy Dee Ross Stadium.

The Phoenix (18-13, 4-8 Mid-South) posted four straight wins over the Bears (17-13, 4-6), ending a six-game slide to get back into the conference race. It marked the first four-game weekend series sweep for Cumberland since April 4-5, 2014, versus Bluefield College and the University of Pikeville.

Woodruff belted a two-run homer in a five-run first inning in the opener and added a two-run single in the second before a run-scoring single in the sixth for the sophomore from Riverdale High. Kaylee Luckett added two RBIs and Caplinger hit a solo homer.

Morgan Arndt (9-5) allowed two earned runs on seven hits in a complete-game for the win, walking five and striking out one. The Bears scored on a throwing error and a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning and Gracie Keplinger’s two-run triple pulled SSU within 8-4 after the fifth.

Paige Oldham (6-5) suffered the loss for SSU, giving up 10 runs on 13 hits with three walks and two strikeouts.

Woodruff’s RBI single and a squeeze bunt by Jasmine Krauss plated two insurance runs for CU in the sixth.

Cumberland got single runs in the first and second innings in the second game thanks to sac flies by Brigid Antonelli and Tawnee Hegre and an RBI single from Antonelli along with an error by the Bears allowed the Phoenix to score twice in the fourth. Kristian Davis added a sac fly in the fifth for a 5-1 CU advantage.

Shawnee State scored three times in the final inning, including an RBI double from Megan Shupert-Martin along with runs on a wild pitch and a passed ball, but Natasha Trujillo induced a groundout to end the contest.

Caplinger (6-5) gave up one run on two hits in five innings, walking two and striking out four. McKenzie Whittaker (6-4) allowed four earned runs on 10 hits with three walks in six innings for the loss.

Cumberland started quickly in the opener with five runs in the first inning, starting with a leadoff single and stolen base by Tyra Graham. Antonelli singled, putting runners on the corners, and CU executed the double steal for a run.

Woodruff then homered to leftcenter, her second in two days, and Paola Del Valle followed with a walk before a single by Taylor Woodring. Luckett then doubled to left, plating two runs for a quick 5-0 advantage.

Graham reached on a throwing error to leadoff the second and moved to second on Caitlyn Griffin’s sacrifice bunt. Antonelli singled and stole second and both runners came across on Woodruff’s single to center, extending the lead to 7-0.

Caplinger’s homer down the leftfield line, her second of the season, made it 8-0 to start the third inning.

Oldham and Victoria Bevington both singled with one out in the fourth for the Bears and Ashton Rankin’s grounder to short was thrown away, allowing a run to score. Haley Rawlins plated the second run with a sac fly.

Stacy Trenholm and Marisa Brown both singled with one out in the fifth for SSU and Keplinger followed with a two-run triple to left, cutting the CU lead to 8-4.

Rankin reached on an error to leadoff the sixth for the Bears and Ashtyn Saunders walked with one out. Maureen Wolansky grounded to third, where Antonelli got the force out, but the throw to first got away and Trenholm followed with an RBI single, but Wolansky was thrown out trying to take third on the play.

The Phoenix got two insurance runs in the bottom of the inning, starting with a single by DeeDee Dunn and a walk to Antonelli. Woodruff singled to leftcenter, scoring a run, and Krauss’ squeeze bunt plated Antonelli with the final run of the game.

Graham singled and stole second to leadoff the first inning of the second contest and went to third on Dunn’s sac bunt. Antonelli plated the run with a sac fly to center.

Caplinger singled and Luckett doubled with one out in the second inning before Hegre’s sacrifice fly to left for a 2-0 CU edge.

Saunders reached on a single and scored on Trenholm’s one-out double in the fourth, but the Phoenix answered in the bottom of the inning.Luckett walked and moved to second on Hegre’s sac bunt before a walk to Imani Torregano. With two outs Dunn reached on an error, with Luckett scoring on the play, and Antonelli singled up the middle, scoring Luckett for a 4-1 advantage.

Caplinger and Luckett both singled with one out in the fifth and Jazmyn Sancen also singled, loading the bases. Davis’ short fly ball to right plated pinch-runner Kelsie Boyle with what proved to be the game-winning run.

In the seventh Rawlins and Gleich both singled with two outs and Shupert-Martin doubled, scoring a run. Saunders reached on a bunt single, loading the bases, and Katlyn Gleich scored on a wild pitch before a passed ball allowed Shupert-Martin to come across. Aleeya Adkins grounded out to third to end the contest, though, preserving the series sweep for the Phoenix.

Cumberland travels to eighth-ranked Lindsey Wilson this Tuesday for a doubleheader before returning home next weekend for a four-game series against Pikeville.

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