Long Balls in Game 1 and Meyer in Game 2 Leads to Sweep at Hope

Long Balls in Game 1 and Meyer in Game 2 Leads to Sweep at Hope

HOLLAND, Mich. – Adrian College softball picked up two of their biggest wins of the season on Wednesday as they traveled to Hope College and defeated the Flying Dutch by the final scores of 10-5 and 8-7 in nine innings. Allison Lochart hit her first home run of the season, a three-run blast in the second and K'ya Toles-Burton hit her second home run of the season, also a three-run shot in the fifth. Those two long balls proved to be enough offense but Adrian tacked on four more runs in game 1 to move past the .500 mark in league play.

Brooke Stewart won her fourth straight start in the circle (8-6) going seven innings and allowing eight hits and five earned runs. Her offense gave her enough run support as Stewart also walked three and struck out two. Kate Laverty, one of three Hope pitchers, took the loss moving to 3-7. She went 4.2 innings and was yanked after the Toles-Burton home run in the fifth. Laverty allowed just two earned runs (nine total) with a walk and no strikeouts.

Kaitlyn Hinojosa had a great game at the plate going 3-for-4 with a run and RBI. Hinojosa doubled twice running her total to seven. Karissa DeVore also had a pair of hits including her sixth double with a RBI. Katie Dewyre also went 3-for-4 with three singles and two runs scored.

Adrian trailed throughout most of game 2 staring at a 7-4 deficit after six innings. The Bulldogs as the home team in the MIAA format needed three runs in the seventh and got them to send the game into extra innings. Jessica Sarch struck out to start the inning but reached first on an error. Hinojosa doubled with one out scoring Sarch to cut the lead down to 7-5. With two outs, Kelsey Meyer stepped up and drilled a two-run home run, her second of the game and third of the season, to tie the game at 7-7.

Meyer also pitched for the Bulldogs and got into a jam in the ninth as Hope put runners on second and third with no outs. Jen Buckingham was picked off third base for a huge first out and then Jenna Maury grounded out to Meyer allowing a runner to advance to third with two outs. Meyer retired Laura Tjepkema on a liner to center after a walk to Emma Page to end the threat.

The Bulldogs took that momentum into the bottom of the ninth. The team started a two-out rally as DeVore singled and advanced Macy Laws to second. Meyer was allowed to hit instead of just walking her to load the bases and she collected her third hit of the game, a walk-off single, to score Laws and give Meyer her fourth RBI of the game.

Morgan Brandt and Hinojosa had the other RBI's for the Bulldogs in game 2. Meyer improved to 5-9 in the circle going nine innings and yielding seven earned runs with two walks and eight strikeouts. Natalie Hiser took the loss for Hope allowing just two earned runs with a walk and nine strikeouts. Hope had six errors in game 2.

Adrian went over the .500 mark on the road (8-6) this season and improved to 2-2 in extra-inning games in 2013. The Bulldogs have now outscored their opponent, 27-15, in the sixth inning and 12-9 in the seventh this season. The team is also on a five-game winning streak, their longest of the season. Meyer is hitting at a .667 clip (8-for-12) in her last six games with three doubles, three home runs and nine RBI's. Dewyre is hitting .545 (12-of-22) with nine runs during that same stretch.