DEFIANCE, Ohio - With a pair of wins at Defiance, the Bulldog Softball team made it four straight victories as Adrian is now 20-13 (9-5 MIAA) on the season. Adrian took the first game 7-0 over the Yellow Jackets, then finished off Defiance 4-2 in the second game.
With two wins on the day, senior Kelly Eberhardt put her name in the record books again, earning arguably her most impressive accomplishment to date. Eberhardt is now the all-time leader in wins as a pitcher in Adrian College history, earning wins 65 and 66 on the day.
Eberhardt broke another record in game one, recording her 14th career shutout. In the first game, the senior went seven innings, gave up zero runs on four hits while striking out 11 Yellow Jackets. The career-leader in strikeouts, Eberhardt now has 132 on the season.
Adrian was able to help out Eberhardt in game one, scoring runs in every one of the last four innings as the teams were tied after three innings. Sophomore Brittany Bertrand belted a solo homerun in the fourth to break that scoreless tie. Senior Maggie Hein had three hits in the game, including two doubles, one RBI and one run. The Bulldogs totaled seven runs on 13 hits for the game one win.
Brooke Stewart started the second game at pitcher for Adrian and Defiance was able to get one run off of the freshman in the first inning. Stewart was replaced by Jami Shafley after only one inning. Shafley pitched the next two innings and the Yellow Jackets were unable to get to her as she gave up zero runs off of three hits.
With the score tied 1-1 in the top of the fifth inning, Katie Dewyre and Stewart were able to score off of a Defiance error, making the game 3-1. Eberhardt finished off the last four innings in the circle and gave up one run on five hits.
With the score 3-2 in the top of the seventh, Stewart was able to score again off of a Bertrand single to centerfield, giving the Bulldogs an insurance run and a 4-2 lead. The Yellow Jackets had runners on second and third with one out in the bottom of the seventh, but Eberhardt was not rattled, striking out the next batter, then getting the last batter to fly out to center to seal the sweep.
The Bulldogs can see the finish line now, as Adrian has two doubleheaders left before the MIAA tournament. Adrian is tied with St. Mary's for third place in the conference at 9-5, with the top four teams advancing to the MIAA tournament. Both teams will have the same opponent, Calvin, left for the lone MIAA doubleheader on the year.
Before the Calvin series on Saturday, Adrian will host a doubleheader with cross-town rival Siena Heights on Thursday at 4:15 p.m. On the season, the Saints are 24-24 after losing two games in a doubleheader against Cornerstone.