The University of the Cumberlands (UC) softball Patriots finished the week with a 2-4 record after meeting up with the Bears of Shawnee State for a double header Sunday in Portsmouth, Ohio.
In game one of the double header, the Bears got ahead early as they scored two in the bottom of the 1st. The Patriots could not fire up the bats until late in the game and fell behind by four. Unable to answer back, UC would take a loss for game one, 4-0.
Game two for the day would go a bit better for the Patriots, as they were hot on offense early in the game. UC scored two in the top of the first, and even with a little fight from the Bears, would stay on top for the rest of the game.
Sophomore Patriot pitcher Jessica Speake (Lancaster, KY) and the rest of the Patriot defense held down Shawnee State from taking the lead, the Patriots would push another two runs across the plate. Taking the lead and keeping the lead would be the name of the game for University of the Cumberlands softball, with a 4-2 victory over Shawnee State University.
Tabitha Benson (Cookeville, TN) went 2-3 in the ballgame driving in two runs and scoring one of her own. Speake threw a complete game 7 innings allowing only 2 runs on 8 hits and 1 walk while striking out 6.
After today, the Patriots' overall record is 4-21 and will improve their standing the Mid-South Conference (MSC) standing to 3-6 on the season.
The Patriots are back in action on Tuesday, March 27thas they host MSC rival and the NAIA #13 ranked Lindsey Wilson Blue Raiders. First game is set to start at 4 PM.
For more information on University of the Cumberlands' softball or other Patriot athletics, please visit www.cumberlandspatriots.com.
Article Provided by Jessica Robinson,University of the Cumberlands Multimedia & Athletic Services Graduate Assistant.