MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- After a missed day of competition due to heavy rains and thunderstorms, Belmont Softball (12-6) came out swinging for the final day of the UofM Tournament on Sunday. The Bruins picked up a victory in five innings over IUPUI (5-18), before being edged by DePaul (17-5), 2-1.
The Bruins jumped out to an early lead in the bottom of the opening frame. Sophomore Cheyenne Cavanaugh (Spring, Texas) reached first on four balls and advanced to second on a ground out before back-to-back singles from sophomore Alicia Veltri (Clarksville, Tenn.) and senior Chelsea Thomas (Hot Springs, Ark.) pushed a pair of runners over the plate. The Jaguars were held silent until the top of the third inning where they posted a single run to cut the Belmont lead in half. BU repeated its earlier scoring effort in the bottom of the fourth inning. Junior Brooklin Lee (Burns, Tenn.) singled and was moved to second with a sacrifice bunt by senior Sami Long (Springfield, Ill.). A error helped junior Bailey Sims (Flowery Branch, Ga.) put runners on the corners before a single up the middle by senior Hayley Baker (Rockwall, Texas) sent the two Bruins over the plate, to go up 4-1.
Belmont exploded in the bottom of the fifth inning to put the game away for good. Back-to-back singles from Thomas and freshman Audrey Lyle (Westlake, Ohio) opened the door for a single up the middle by Sims that sent the pair over the plate. Senior Baylee Cook (Lewisburg, Tenn.) followed with her own single to put runners on the corners before Baker unleashed a base clearing, three-run homer to secure the 10-1 win.
Game two saw the Blue Demons first to strike the scoreboard, sending two runners over the plate in the top of the first inning. DePaul maintained its two run advantage for the next three innings before the Bruins were able to make a mark in the bottom of the fourth frame. On the first pitch presented, Cook knocked the ball over the left fence to cut the DPU lead in half, 2-1. BU attempted a rally in the bottom of the sixth, getting a runner all the way to third but could not get her over the plate. The Belmont defense worked intensely to keep DePaul from adding to its run tally in the waning innings but was unable to find a way to notch an equalizing run, falling by the same score.
For the day, Cook batted .667 with four hits, a homerun and a pair of RBI.
Inside the circle, three Bruins saw work. Lee threw a complete game against IUPUI, fanning nine batters to pick up the win. In the nightcap versus DePaul, junior Brittany Kennett (Melboune, Australia) and Veltri split time. Kennett logged a season-best six strikeouts in the effort.
Belmont returns to action on Wednesday with a trip to in-state rival Middle Tennessee State. First pitch is slated for 5 p.m. start. Live stats will be available.