Softball Splits with Yellow Jackets

Senior catcher Natalia Younan makes contact with the ball in game one of Adrian's doubleheader with Defiance (Photo by Mike Dickie).
Senior catcher Natalia Younan makes contact with the ball in game one of Adrian's doubleheader with Defiance (Photo by Mike Dickie).

ADRIAN, Mich. – The Adrian College softball team split a doubleheader with Defiance College on Monday, March 25. The Bulldogs won the first game 4-2 and lost the second game in extra innings, 12-9. The win extended AC's winning streak to six straight, the most since the 2015 season, before the streak was snapped in the second game.

THE BASICS

Game One Scoreline: Adrian 4-6-2 | Defiance 2-5-3

Game Two Scoreline: Defiance 12-14-1 | Adrian 9-8-1

Location: Adrian, Mich. (Adrian College Softball Field)

Records: AC 9-5, DC 7-9

HOW IT HAPPENED

Adrian got on the board in the second inning when it made a double steal with two outs. Junior Infinity Rogers took off for second and freshman Katie Connolly swiped home when the throw was made down to second.

The Bulldogs tacked on two more runs that were unearned, taking advantage of an error made by Defiance's shortstop with two outs in the third. Sophomore Jamie Bell scored on the error that allowed senior Krista Lynch to reach and then advance to second. Lynch then advanced to third on a wild pitch and came around to score when classmate and pitcher Paige Cubberly hit a single to right.

Defiance got one back in the fourth, scoring an unearned run of its own. AC recovered that lost run in the fifth when Bell came around to touch the plate for the second time in the game. She singled to lead off the inning and then stole second before being sent home on a single from senior catcher Natalia Younan.

The Yellow Jackets threatened in the seventh but only scored one, again unearned, giving the Black and Gold the 4-2 win and Cubberly the complete game with no earned runs.

The second game started out just as defensive as the first, with the two teams combining for five hits through the first four innings. Defiance then blew the game wide open in the fifth inning, putting up a six spot. The Yellow Jackets loaded the bases with one out and then started the damage that was dealt to three different pitchers in the inning.

Adrian didn't give up and battled back in the sixth, scoring four runs to cut the deficit to two. The Bulldogs loaded the bases and scored their first run of the game when junior Madison Budde drew a walk to score Lynch. Jalyn DeForest then came in to pinch hit and the sophomore also walked to score Connolly. A passed ball then moved all the runners up and scored Rogers before her twin, Destiny Rogers grounded out to short, scoring Budde. Defiance then picked up three more in the top of the seventh to make it a five-run game heading into the last half inning.

AC was able to rise to the challenge and tie the game, forcing an eighth inning. The first two batters made outs, bringing the Bulldogs down to their last out. Cubberly was hit by a pitch and the Connolly singled to left to put two runners on for I. Rogers. She also singled to left, bringing home Cubberly. Budde walked and then DeForest walked right after her, scoring Connolly and prompting a pitching change for the Yellow Jackets.

D. Rogers was the first batter after the pitching change and she tagged a ball into the gap in right center for a bases-clearing single to tie the game. She advanced to second on the throw to the plate and then stole third but couldn't come around to end the game before the inning ended.

Defiance would pick up three runs for the second straight inning, taking the lead in the eighth. Adrian had the tying run at the plate with runners on the corners and no outs, but Bell was thrown out on a fly out to center, putting a runner on second with two outs. The Bulldogs again got the tying run to the plate after Cubberly singled and advanced to second but a groundout ended the comeback and gave the Yellow Jackets the win.

TOP DAWGS

• D. Rogers had four RBIs in the second game to lead the team over the two contests. Budde and DeForest were the only other Bulldogs with multiple RBIs throughout the day, with three and two, respectively, all in the second game.

• Bell had five hits in the doubleheader to lead the team while Connolly notched three and Budde drew a day-high three walks.

• Cubberly went all seven innings in the first game to get the win, giving up two unearned runs on five hits with four strikeouts. Freshman Natalie Mathers started the second game and went four and a third, giving up five runs on five hits with two walks and a strikeout in a no decision. Sophomore Loren Vail was credited with the loss after giving up five runs over three and a third with six hits, and a walk and a strikeout.

THE OPPOSITION

• Jen Nashalsky had three RBIs over the two games to lead Defiance while Michaela Bauer, Brooke Gostomsky, Kalin Hubble, and Sophie Moller each had two.

• Bauer matched Bell with five hits on the day while Moller picked up three.

• Rachel Wehrman picked up the loss in the first game, going four innings and giving up four runs (two earned) on six hits with a walk and three strikeouts. Taylor Biggs carried most of the load for the Yellow Jackets in game two, throwing 126 pitches in six and two thirds innings in a no decision, giving up nine runs (eight earned) on six hits, with six walks and six strikeouts. Zoe Doll picked up the win with an inning and a third of shutout relief, only giving up two hits.

UP NEXT

Adrian heads to Heidelberg tomorrow for its third doubleheader in as many days before an off day followed by another doubleheader, at Siena Heights on Thursday, March 28. First pitch for tomorrow's contest with the 'Berg is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

 

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