ADRIAN, Mich. - The Bulldogs were close to sweeping their first softball series since March 24, but ultimately fell in the second game after winning the first, to split with Hope. It only took one run in the first game for Adrian to be victorious, but the Bulldogs fell in game two, 3-2.
A pitcher's duel was the story of game one as senior Kelly Eberhardt took the circle against Hope's Jess Kohlhoff. The Bulldogs got their only run in the fifth inning when pinch runner Macy Pennington crossed home plate after a Katie Dewyre single.
Eberhardt got into a bit of trouble in the seventh inning, with runners on first and second and two outs. The senior got Laura Tjepkema to ground out to second, ending the game. Eberhardt finished the game with seven innings pitched, zero runs, six hits, and three strikeouts.
At the end of game one, the Bulldogs totaled seven hits off of Kohlhoff, who was only able to strikeout one batter from Adrian.
Jami Shafley got the start for Adrian in the second game and was able to provide two solid innings of work for the Bulldogs before being replaced by Eberhardt. Shafley went 2.1 innings, giving up one run on two hits, but walked three batters.
Adrian had a promising start to game two, as the Bulldogs were able to play small-ball and get a run in the top of the first. Maggie Hein singled to center and was moved to second after a Dewyre sacrifice bunt. With Hein moving up to third after a Brooke Stewart fly-out to right, Kaitlyn Hinojosa smacked a double down the left field line scoring Hein and making the game 1-0.
In the fifth inning with the game tied 1-1, Emma Page hit a two-run home run off of Eberhardt giving the Flying Dutch a 3-1 lead. Both teams were unable to score in the sixth inning, but Adrian would have their chance in the seventh.
Hope took out starting pitcher Olivia Vacik who went six innings giving up one run and replaced her with Natalie Kiser. On the season, Kiser only had one appearance in which she gave up seven runs in three innings for a 16.33 ERA.
Even though the Bulldogs started the inning at the bottom of the order, Adrian was able to take advantage of Kiser. Katrina Wotten made it a 3-2 game after another Dewyre single with one out.
Stewart then stepped to the plate for the Bulldogs, which had bases loaded, down one run, and only one out. The freshman cranked a line drive to Kohlhoff in left field. Kohlhoff was able to make the second out, but an errant throw into the infield made Pennington break for home from third. The catcher Page was able to track the ball down and flip it to the pitcher Kiser who was covering home for the 7-2-1 game-ending double-play.
For the two-game series, Dewyre drove in every Adrian run as she totaled three RBI and three hits. Eberhardt pitched a total of 10.2 innings on the day, as she finished 1-1, making her record 10-10 on the season.
Adrian will have to bounce back quickly from a tough game two loss, as Kalamazoo comes into town on Thursday. The Hornets are 2-22 (1-9 MIAA) on the year and the Bulldogs hope for the sweep to improve on its current third-place standing in the MIAA. Adrian is now 16-13 (7-5 MIAA) for the year. The Thursday doubleheader starts at 3:30 p.m. from the AC Softball Field.