ADRIAN, Mich. - The two games could not have been any more different as Adrian split with Alma in the home MIAA doubleheader. Alma took the first game from the Bulldogs, 9-0, then the Bulldogs came back to win the second game 8-0. After the split, the Bulldogs sit at 11-8 (3-0 MIAA) and are tied with Alma for the most wins in the conference.
In game one, senior pitcher Kelly Eberhardt was roughed up in the second inning, giving up five runs in total, and being replaced by junior Jami Shafley after 1.1 innings pitched. Shafley went 4.2 innings in relief, giving up one earned run while striking out six.
Adrian had a tough time with pitcher Louise Rezmer for Alma, who went six scoreless innings, giving up one hit while striking out 12. Senior Sarah Hall was the only Bulldog to get a hit off of Rezmer.
The second game was a much different story for Adrian, as they dominated from the beginning. Adrian scored three runs in the first inning, then did the same thing in the second inning as Hall smacked a two-run home run in the inning.
Freshman Brooke Stewart took the circle for the Bulldogs and put together one of the best pitching performances of the season for Adrian. Stewart finished just three batters over the minimum, going five scoreless innings, giving up three hits, and zero runs, while walking zero batters.
Stewart also helped herself out from the batters box, going 2-for-3 at the plate and driving in three runs. Also going 2-for-3 at the plate was senior Maggie Hein, while sophomore Ravin Toner went 1-for-2 with two RBI.
The last three batters in the bottom of the fifth went down in order for Alma, as the mercy rule was put in place, ending the game in five innings.
The Bulldogs are now into the heart of the MIAA season, as the next contest will be against Albion on April 5th. Adrian will travel to Albion for the 3:00 pm doubleheader, as the Bulldogs hope to improve on their MIAA conference record.