Bulldogs Lose Two Close Games at Defiance

Photo Courtesy of Mike Dickie
Photo Courtesy of Mike Dickie

DEFIANCE, OHIO -- The Adrian College softball team suffered two close defeats to Wisconsin-Platteville and Defiance College on Monday afternoon. The Bulldogs gave up two runs in the seventh inning to fall 9-7 to the Pioneers in the first game before enduring a 3-2 loss at the hands of the host Defiance.

THE BASICS

Final Score: Game 1: Wis.-Platteville 9, Adrian 7 | Game 2: Defiance 3, Adrian 2

Location: Defiance, Ohio (Sal Hench Field)

Records: Wis.-Platteville (5-6), Defiance (7-7), Adrian (7-7)

HOW IT HAPPENED

Game One: Wis.-Platteville def. Adrian, 9-7

The Pioneers built a 7-0 lead through the top half of the sixth inning before Adrian rallied back in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game.

Paige VanAtta (East Lansing, Mich.) doubled to left field to get into scoring position for the Bulldogs. Madison Budde (Novi, Mich.) then singled to left and advanced VanAtta to third. Infinity Rogers (Sand Creek, Mich.) scored VanAtta and reached base on a fielder's choice.

Rogers was moved to third when Hope Kapelanski (Novi, Mich.) singled to center field and advanced to second on a bad throw. Ashley Lenington (Southfield, Mich.) then singled to score Rogers and cut the Pioneer lead to five, 7-2. Destiny Rogers (Sand Creek, Mich.) walked to load the bases for Jamie Bell (Lake Orion, Mich.).

Bell was walked--scoring Kapelanski--to keep the bases loaded and put the score at 7-3, Wis.-Platteville. Jaime Lightner (Eaton Rapids, Mich.) then singled to right field to score both D. Rogers and Lenington to put Adrian within two runs of tying the game, 7-5.

Paige Cubberly (Toledo, Ohio) tied the game on a triple to left field that scored Lightner and Bell before the Pioneers struck out the next two batters to alleviate any further damage.

Game Two: Defiance def. Adrian, 3-2

Defiance took an early 1-0 lead at the conclusion of the 1st-inning. Adrian tied the game in the 2nd-inning off Taylor Van't Land (Clarksville, Mich.) double that scored Natalia Younan (Windsor, Ontario).

The Yellow Jackets would retake the lead in the 3rd-inning after a two-RBI single to right center put the score at 3-1 in favor of Defiance.

Neither team would score again until Adrian tallied a run in the 6th-inning when D. Rogers scored Younan to cut the deficit to just one run, 3-2.

Defiance preserved the lead when Rachel Wehrman struck out the first two Bulldog batters before a groundout to second ended the contest.

ADRIAN HITTING

Game One

• Eight Adrian players registered a hit in the game.

• Lightner and Cubberly led the team with two RBIs.

Game Two

• Van't Land and Lenington each had two hits in three at-bats in the second game of the day.

• Cubberly was the only other Adrian player to record a hit in the game.

• D. Rogers and Van't Land each registered an RBI.

 

ADRIAN PITCHING

Game One

Rebecca Neal (Waterford Twp., Mich.) pitched her sixth complete game of the season. She allowed 12 hits, nine runs (eight earned), and struck out five in the losing effort. Her record on the season fell to 4-3 with the result.

Game Two

• Loren Vail (Belleville, Mich.) started in the circle for Adrian in game two. She pitched all six innings and allowed five hits, three runs (2 earned), and walked four batters in the first loss of the season for her (2-1).

 

OPPONENT HITTING

Game One: Wis.-Platteville

• Shannon Gaul led the Pioneers with three hits (3-4) and three RBIs in the game.

• Abby Jaques (2-4) tallied two hits and two RBIs. Cayleen Ryan (1-2) also finished with two RBIs.

Game Two: Defiance

• Emma Perry led the Yellow Jackets with two hits in three at-bats as well as two RBIs.

• Brooke Gostomsky, Mariah Huff, and Jackie Hartman each had a hit. Huff also tallied an RBI.

OPPONENT PITCHING

Game One: Wis.-Platteville

• Ashton Hoeppner received the win with 7.0 innings pitched while allowing eight hits, seven runs, and striking out 11 Bulldogs.

Game Two: Defiance

• Sydney Zeuch (W, 5-1) started at pitcher for Defiance. She pitched 6.0 innings while allowing five hits and two runs. She struck out three Adrian batters to record the win.

• Rachel Wehrman (Sv, 2) tallied her second save of the year with her two-strikeout seventh inning.

UP NEXT

Adrian will return home to host a doubleheader against Heidelberg on Wednesday, March 28. Game one is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m., ET, with the second game set to start approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of game one.

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