• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

Midway softball sweeps Cumberlands in doubleheader

GABBY BRUNER, a senior on the Midway University softball team, led the Eagles in their doubleheader sweep of the University of the Cumberlands on Wednesday, April 12. In the first game, Bruner hit a walk-off single in the eighth inning to lift Midway to a 5-4 win. In the second game, she had two RBI and scored twice to help Midway get a 7-4 win. (Photo courtesy of Midway Athletics)

After dropping three of four games on the road, the Midway University softball team returned to its winning ways on Wednesday, April 12, when the Eagles swept a doubleheader from the University of the Cumberlands at William G. Clark Memorial Field. In the first game of the doubleheader, the Eagles got a walk-off single in the bottom of the eighth to come away with the 5-4 win. In the second, they built an early lead and then held on for a 7-4 victory to sweep the doubleheader. After the 2-0 week, the Eagles are back to .500 with 15-15 record. They also are in third place in the River States Conference with a 7-5 mark in league play. In the first game, the Eagles scored single runs in the first and third innings and two runs in the fifth, while Cumberlands scored two runs in the third and sixth innings to send the game into extra innings tied at 4-4. After Midway got out of danger in the top of the eighth, the Eagles got a walk-off single from Gabby Bruner to secure the 5-4 victory. Bruner led the way at the plate going 3-for-4 with three runs batted in. Junior Katelynn Mogelberg-Kauffman had an RBI, while junior Kelsey Graves scored two runs and junior Carly Benz, senior Addie Murphy and pinch-runner freshman Kendall Horn all scored one run each. Getting the win in the circle was senior Tiffany Wickline, who pushed her record to 8-7 after striking out seven in eight innings allowing four runs on six hits. In the nightcap, the Eagles scored early and often with two runs in the first inning, one run each in the second and third, while adding three in the fourth to build a 7-2 lead. The Patriots scored two in the sixth, but Midway held on for the 7-4 victory. For the second game in a row, Bruner led the charge at the plate. She went 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored. Mogelberg-Kauffman didn’t tally a base hit, but collected two RBI, while Gravens clubbed her 10th home run of the season and Benz hit a sacrifice fly. Overall, Gravens went 2-of-3 with two runs scored with an RBI. Murphy, junior Lynsie Clark and pinch-runner, freshman Trista Craigmyle scored one run each. The duo of sophomore Abby Flaig and freshman Emily McGlothin combined for the win in the circle. Flaig got the win, allowing two runs on three hits in four innings, while McGlothin picked up the nine-out save. She allowed two runs – one earned – on four hits in three innings. The Eagles are scheduled to host Alice Lloyd (Ky.) on Friday, April 21, at 4 p.m. Then on Sunday, April 23, they host Cincinnati-Clermont (Ohio) for senior day starting at 2 p.m. (Information courtesy of Dylan Brown/Midway Univ. Sports Information)

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