ADRIAN, Mich. –The Bulldog softball team hosted Saint Mary's College Tuesday for a doubleheader. The Bulldogs and Belles saw a pair of hard-fought games play out as they each needed extra innings to be decided and the teams split.
Saint Mary's took game one, 5-4, in eight innings as they would capitalize in the top of the eighth with an RBI single that scored the go-ahead run. The Bulldogs would get a pair of runners on base in the bottom of the eighth, but could not knock them in as Adrian suffered the MIAA loss. Payge Reed made the start in the circle and pitched 2.1 innings and recorded two strikeouts.
Adrian took a 2-0 lead in the second on a Taylor Van't Land two-run home run to left field. The Belles would score four runs in the top of the second to take a 4-2 lead. Adrian battled back with two runs in the bottom of the fourth as Van't Land and Brooke Stewart each hit an RBI single. Kaitlin Lock would relieve Reed in the circle to pitch 4.2 innings with five strikeouts and take the loss. Kelsey Meyer finished the game with an inning pitched and two strikeouts.
Adrian responded with a quick 4-0 lead in game two as the Bulldogs hit three home runs in the first inning. Kaitlyn Hinojosa started the scoring with a solo home run to center field. Rebecca Greco and K'ya Toles-Burton then hit back-to-back home runs with Greco's being a two-run shot to give the Bulldogs the early edge. Saint Mary's battled back on starter Stewart with five runs in the bottom of the fifth to take over the lead, 5-4. Stewart pitched 4.2 innings for Adrian recording six strikeouts and only surrendered one earned run.
Adrian tied the score in the top of the seventh as Stewart hit a single to center field that scored Toles-Burton and the teams went to extra innings. The Bulldogs scored four runs in the top of the eighth as they used the long ball once again. Toles-Burton hit a three-run home run to right center that scored Karissa DeVore and Morgan Brandt. Van't Land then followed with a solo shot to left center field to give Adrian a 9-5 lead. Meyer shut down the Belles in the bottom of the inning to earn the decision in the circle and recorded her second victory of the season.