Softball Falls in Extras in Game Two to Split with Alma

Freshman pitcher Natalie Mathers pitched a total of 11.1 innings on Saturday, picking up a save in game one and taking the loss in a 10-innings complete game performance (Photo by Mike Dickie).
Freshman pitcher Natalie Mathers pitched a total of 11.1 innings on Saturday, picking up a save in game one and taking the loss in a 10-innings complete game performance (Photo by Mike Dickie).

ALMA, Mich. – The Adrian College softball team split with Alma College on Saturday, April 6 to move to 14-10 on the year. The Bulldogs won the first game, 9-6 and fell 6-4 in 10 innings in game two.

THE BASICS

Game One Scoreline: Adrian 9-9-1 | Alma 6-9-2

Game Two Scoreline: Alma 6-11-2 | Adrian 4-8-2

Location: Alma, Mich. (Scots Park)

Records: AC 14-10 (2-4 MIAA), Alma 12-12 (2-6 MIAA)

GAME ONE

After a scoreless first inning, Adrian broke the game wide open, scoring all nine of its runs in the first game in the inning. The bases were loaded with one out when junior Destiny Rogers was hit by a pitch to score freshman Katie Connolly. Jamie Bell was up next and the sophomore singled to the hole in short to bring around junior Infinity Rogers. Senior catcher Natalia Younan was up next and cleared the bases with a triple to left center to make it 5-0 in favor of AC and causing a pitching change for the Scots.

Younan came around to score when classmate Krista Lynch reached on an error by the second baseman to make it 6-0. A strikeout gave the Bulldogs two outs in the inning but a single and another batter hit by a pitch loaded the bases once again. Sophomore Jalyn DeForest then drew a walk to score Lynch and Connolly and I. Rogers scored their second runs of the inning when sophomore Alaina Macksoud singled down the left field line. Alma made another pitching change in the inning and its third pitcher of the day got the third out to end the Black and Gold's big inning at nine runs.

All Adrian had to do to end the game early was score three more in the top of the third and keep the shutout, or only allow run one through the bottom of the fifth but Alma had other plans. The Scots got three back in the bottom of the fourth, when a two out single with the bases loaded drove in two runs, and another single from the next batter scored the third run of the inning.

Alma scored three more runs in the sixth, again with two outs. A single scored a runner from second and then the bases were loaded again, prompting a pitching change for the Bulldogs. Freshman Natalie Mathers came in to relieve Paige Cubberly and finished the game, but not before giving up a single in the sixth to score two more for Alma, making it a 9-6 ballgame. That would be all the Scots managed in game one, as Mathers sent them down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the seventh to end the game.

GAME TWO

It was Alma opening the scoring in game two when the Scots hit a three-run homer off Mathers to get on the board. Adrian couldn't answer in the bottom half of the inning but got two runs back in the bottom of the fourth. The first two runners of the inning made it on base and advanced to second and third when junior Madison Budde used a sac bunt to move them up. Macksoud was up next and drove in Connolly and sent I. Rogers to third. D. Rogers then flied out to right to score her sister but Macksoud was thrown out trying to take second after the run was scored, ending the inning at 3-2.

The Bulldogs tied it up in the next inning when Cubberly singled down the left field line to score junior Ashley Lenington. Neither team scored in the sixth or seventh, sending the game into extra innings. In fact, it took until the 10th inning before another run was scored, when Alma scored three times to take the lead. A single to right scored the runner from second and then a two-run homer with one out make it 6-3.

Adrian tried to mount a comeback in the bottom of the 10th, when Connolly flied out to center to score Lynch. Another fly out and a strikeout then dashed AC's hopes of getting its first sweep of the season in conference play.

TOP DAWGS

• Macksoud and Younan each had three RBIs on the day to lead the Bulldogs. Joining them with multiple RBIs was D. Rogers with two.

• Connolly, Bell, and Mackoud all had three hits in the game. Lynch and I. Rogers were right behind them with two each.

• Cubberly started game one and gave up six runs on eight hits with two walks and a strikeout in 5.2 innings of work. Mathers came in to pitch the final 1.1 innings and only gave up one hit to get her second save of the year. She then pitched all 10 innings of game two, giving up six runs (four earned) on 11 hits with two walks and two strikeouts.

THE OPPOSITION

• The Terwilliger sisters, Hadyn and Riley, both homered in game two, with Hadyn finishing the day with four RBIs and Riley with two, all in the second game.

• Chelsea Schweiger, Kaylee Martin, and Morgan Trout each had two RBIs in game one for the Scots.

• Jazmine Hamm took the loss in game one, giving up six runs (five earned) on five hits with one strikeout in 1.1 innings of action. Skylar Crisenbery started game two and gave up three runs on six hits with two walks in 4.1 innings of work in a no decision. Haley Ullrich came in to get the win, going 5.2 innings and giving up one unerned run on two hits, walking one and striking out five. Ullrich also pitched the majority of game one, going the final 5.1 innings for Alma and giving up no runs on two hits with a walk and five more strikeouts.

UP NEXT

Adrian finishes its six-game road trip with a doubleheader against Baldwin Wallace tomorrow, Sunday April 7. First pitch in game one is scheduled for 1 p.m.

 

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