CLEVELAND, Ohio - A 7-5 loss in game one followed by an 11-2 victory in game two led to a split for the Bulldogs as they battled Case Western Reserve on a rare Sunday game. The two teams played a rescheduled game after bad weather forced a make-up series during senior day at CWRU.
The 7-5 loss in game one got off to a good start for Adrian (15-12, 6-4 MIAA), as Kelly Eberhardt only allowed two hits through the first three innings. Freshman Brooke Stewart led off the top of the fourth inning and belted her second career homerun as a Bulldog, making the score 1-0. Later in the inning, Katrina Wotten grounded out with runners on second and third, scoring Kaitlyn Hinojosa and giving the Bulldogs the 2-0 lead.
Case scored one run each in the bottom of the fourth and fifth, knotting-up the score at 2-2. In the top of the sixth inning, the Bulldog bats came alive. Wotten got it started, driving in Sarah Hall on a single to center field. Three batters later, Leah Ostrowski pinch hit for Maggie Hein and smacked a two-out double to right center, driving in Wotten and Ravin Toner. The double gave Adrian a 5-2 lead going into the bottom of the sixth.
In the bottom half of the sixth, the wheels fell off for the Bulldogs. Case got a three-run homerun from Gena Roberts off of Eberhardt. In total, CWRU got five runs off of three hits in the inning, and didn't leave any runners on base.
Trailing by two in the top half of the seventh, the Bulldogs were unable to get anything started and fell 7-5 in the game. Eberhardt got the loss for Adrian, falling to 9-9 on the season.
Game two was much different for the Bulldogs, as the bats were hot throughout the contest. Adrian got one run in the first inning, and added two in the second, as the Bulldogs led 3-1 after two innings.
In the top of inning four, the Bulldogs had arguably the best inning of the season. Adrian scored eight runs in the inning, matching a season-high from when the Bulldogs beat Rose-Hulman on Feb. 27. A total of 13 batters stepped up to the plate in the inning for Adrian.
Ostrowski had another double in the inning, this time with the bases loaded, scoring Katie Dewyre and Hein. In the inning, Adrian got eight runs off of five hits, and left two runners on base.
Dewyre, Hall, Ostrowski, and Toner all had two hits in the second game, as Toner also added three RBI during the 11-2 win. Jami Shafley started the game in the circle, going three innings, giving up one run on two hits and walking three. Shafley was replaced by Sarah Muncey, who gave up one run on two hits with one strikeout in two innings pitched.
Adrian will now have two home contests in the week, with the Bulldogs hosting Hope (11-15, 3-5 MIAA) on Tuesday and Kalamazoo (2-22, 1-9 MIAA) on Thursday. Both MIAA contests will start at 3:30 p.m. from the AC Softball Field.