CLERMONT, Fla. – The Adrian College softball team ended the day with a split for the fourth day in a row, beating Eastern Nazarene 10-2 in five innings to end Thursday, March 7 with a win.
Final Scoreline: Adrian 10-10-2 | Eastern Nazarene 2-6-4
Location: Clermont, Fla. (Hancock Recreational Complex, Field Two)
Records: AC 4-4, ENC 7-4
HOW IT HAPPENED
Eastern Nazarene threatened in the first inning, putting runners on second and third with two outs, but freshman pitcher Natalie Mathers was able to induce a fly out to right field to get out of the jam.
Adrian loaded the bases quickly in the bottom of the first, taking advantage of two errors and a hit batter. With the bases juiced and one out, freshman Katie Connolly singled up the middle to get the Bulldogs on the board. Despite still having the bases loaded and only one out, AC wasn't able to get more out of the situation and went to the second inning with just a 1-0 lead.
The Lions tied the game up in the top of the second, scoring on a double steal that saw the runner out at second. The tie wouldn't last for long, as the Black and Gold had the bases filled again in the bottom of the second. This time, Adrian made Eastern Nazarene pay for its mistakes, as senior shortstop Krista Lynch launched the ball over the center field fence for the grand slap and a 5-1 Adrian lead.
Eastern Nazarene got another one back in the top of the third on a double to right field to cut the lead to 5-2. But the Bulldogs had another explosive inning in the third, putting three more runs on the board. An error on a sacrifice bunt saw junior third baseman Infinity Rogers touch home, and junior center fielder Madison Budde reached on a fielder's choice on the next at bat.
AC got its third and final run of the inning on a sacrifice bunt from sophomore right fielder Jamie Bell saw classmate and opposite corner outfielder Alaina Macksoud come around to score, pushing the Adrian lead to 8-2.
Each side only managed one hit a piece in the fourth inning, but the game was called in the fifth when the Black and Gold picked up the final two runs needed to invoke the run rule. Senior first baseman Paige Cubberly singled through the right side of the infield with two outs to score Bell, and freshman Katie Connolly singled up the middle on the next at bat to bring home junior catcher Sam Jankowiak and end the game.
• Lynch drove in four runs with her grand slam and picked up another hit for a game-total of two
• Connolly also had two hits with two RBIs and Bell touched the plate three times.
• Mathers pitched all five innings, giving up two runs (one earned) on six hits and striking out five.
• Lauren Clements had two hits and Eastern Nazarene's lonely RBI.
• Rebecca Ashman also had two hits for the Lions.
• Dominique Santos was credited with the loss, giving up eight runs, five of which were earned, on four hits and walking one in two innings of work. She was the pitcher that surrendered the grand slam to Lynch.
Adrian finishes its spring break trip tomorrow with one final doubleheader before returning home. The Bulldogs play Roger Williams at 9 a.m. and then finish up with a game against Emmanuel (Mass.) at 1:30 p.m.
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