Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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March 15, 2013

4th-inning rally pushes Cumberland past Marshall

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Poe ran into a bit more trouble in the fifth. She struck out the leadoff hitter, but then surrendered a walk, a hit by pitch, a walk and another hit by pitch to score a run for the Lions. Switzer laced a two-run single to cut the lead to 9-4, but then Poe got out of the inning with a ground out and a flyball to Oakley.

The Pirates put the pressure right back on. Plummer got an RBI on a groundout to third, and McMechan and Casey had RBI singles to end the inning up 12-4.

Titus gave the Pirates more breathing room in the bottom of the sixth, crushing a leadoff homer to left center and giving Cumberland a 13-4 lead.

Poe finished out the game from there, and Cumberland moved to 1-0. The freshman went seven innings, allowed four runs, struck out three and walked one.

Casey went 3-for-4 with two RBI, scored twice and reached base all four times. Titus was 2-for-4 with a solo home run.

"We were hoping that we came out with tight defense and our offense would come through," Blade said. "Everything except some early game jitters, I thought they did well."

Cumberland 13, Marshall 4

Marshall 100 030 1 — 4 6 2

Cumberland 100 831 X — 13 14 0

WP — Poe LP — Macy Shaffner

Marshall — Switzer 2-3, 2 RBI

Cumberland -- Casey 3-4, 2 RBI, 2B, 2 R; Titus 2-4, HR, RBI, Plummer 1-4, 3 RBI, R

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