ADRIAN, Mich. - Sweeps don't come easy in the MIAA and the Bulldogs proved that today as they cruised to a 9-1 victory in the first game, followed by an extra inning 3-0 second game win over Kalamazoo. With the pair of wins, Adrian (18-13, 9-5 MIAA) ended a streak of seven consecutive series splits against opponents.
The bats were brought out early in game one as Adrian scored two runs in the first, second, and fourth innings, then added three in the fifth to end the game early. Freshman Brooke Stewart smacked a two-run homerun in the first inning, scoring Katie Dewyre.
Kelly Eberhardt took to the circle in the first inning, and did not disappoint. The senior went five innings, giving up only one hit which was a homerun to Kalamazoo's Grace Mathieu. Eberhardt managed nine strikeouts without walking any batters in the victory.
Sarah Muncey got the start in the second game and went three innings without giving up any runs. Muncey was replaced by Jami Shafley, who came in with a similar line, giving up zero runs on one hit in two innings.
The Bulldogs struggled from the plate in the second game, and the two teams went into extra innings in a scoreless tie.
Finally in the top of the ninth inning, Adrian got the bats going. Stewart was able to break the tie, scoring on a Hall single to left. Both Hall and Katrina Wotten were able to score in the inning, giving the Bulldogs insurance for Eberhardt, who was now in at pitcher.
Eberhardt was able to retire the Hornets in order, striking out the last two batters in the bottom of the ninth. Eberhardt earned two wins on the day, pitching a total of nine innings, giving up one run, on one hit, while striking out 14 with only a single walk.
Adrian now will try to position themselves in the seeding for the MIAA tournament, as currently the Bulldogs sit in third place in the conference. The Bulldogs have two non-conference doubleheaders left, and one MIAA doubleheader which will be against 11-16 (4-5 MIAA) Calvin. Adrian travels to Defiance Saturday for a 1:00 p.m. doubleheader.