ADRIAN, MICH. -- The Adrian College softball team split with Heidelberg on Wednesday afternoon at the AC Softball Field. The Bulldogs won game one in dramatic fashion as Courtney Young (Lansing, Mich.) belted a walk-off, three-run homer over the left field wall to give Adrian the 4-3 win at the bottom of the 7th-inning. The Student Princes held off a late Bulldog rally in the final half inning of the second game to win 7-6.
Final Scores: Adrian split with Heidelberg - 4-3 & 7-6
Location: Adrian, Michigan (AC Softball Field)
Records: Adrian (8-8), Heidelberg (11-7)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Game One: Adrian def. Heidelberg, 4-3
The Berg scored the first runs of the day at the top of the 4th-inning with a two-run double to left field. The Student Princes would extend the lead to 3-0 at the top of the 6th-inning.
The first run of the game for Adrian came off a hit into a double play with no outs that scored Ashley Lenington (Southfield, Mich.) from third, cutting the deficit to two runs (3-1).
With the score still 3-1 at the bottom of the 7th-inning, Taylor Van't Land (Clarksville, Mich.) singled to right center field with Heidelberg needing two outs to end the game. After the second out, Infinity Rogers (Sand Creek, Mich.) walked, advancing Van't Land to second before Young finished the game with her walk-off homer.
Game Two: Heidelberg def. Adrian, 7-6
The Student Princes tallied three runs in the 3rd-inning of game two on back-to-back home runs.
In the bottom of the 3rd-inning, Kyleen Wilson (Windsor, Ontario) hit a double to center field before advancing to third on a late throw from the outfield. Destiny Rogers (Sand Creek, Mich.) then bunted and beat the throw for a single. She would steal second during the next at-bat. Wilson would score on a groundout for the Bulldogs first run of game two. Natalia Younan (Windsor, Ontario) hit a sac bunt to score Rogers on the next play to bring the score to 3-2, Heidelberg.
Adrian would take the lead in the 4th-inning scoring on a two-RBI double from Wilson that scored Van't Land and Lindsey Branscum (Clinton, Mich.) to put the score at 4-3.
A two-run home run gave the Berg back the lead, 5-4 in the 5th-inning. The Student Princes would extend the lead to 7-4 with runs in the sixth and seventh.
Wilson recorded her third hit of the game, a double to left field, to get in scoring position with only one out in the bottom of the 7th-inning. Bryanna Collins () scored Wilson with a groundout on the next play that gave the Bulldogs two outs and a two-run deficit (7-5). Younan hit a triple to right field that scored D. Rogers and cut the lead to 7-6. Heidelberg would escape with the win when Jaime Lightner (Eaton Rapids, Mich.) grounded out to the second basemen.
• Young, Lenington, Collins, and Van't Land each tallied a hit in game one.
• Young finished with three RBIs; Paige VanAtta (East Lansing, Mich.) registered one.
• Wilson was 3-for-3 in the game with two runs and two RBIs to lead the Bulldogs.
• D. Rogers (2-3) had two hits and scored two runs.
• Younan (1-3) recorded two RBIs.
• Loren Vail (Belleville, Mich.) got the start in the circle for Adrian. She pitched 5.2 innings while allowing eight hits, three runs, and a home run.
• Emily Baldus (W, 1-1) pitched 1.1 innings in relief and allowed two hits to pick up her first win of the year.
• Rebecca Neal (Waterford Twp., Mich.) (L, 4-3) pitched 5.2 innings as the starter. She gave up nine hits, six runs, and three home runs while striking out three batters. She was credited with a loss in the game.
• Kaitlyn Moore (2-4) tallied an RBI and a run with her two-run home run.
• Leah Bouillon also finished with two hits. She led the team with two RBIs.
• Casey Moore, Abbey McKee, and Haylee Patel each had two hits. McKee had a game-high three RBIs.
• Moore (L, 6-4) pitched all 6.2 innings. She allowed four hits, four runs, and one home run. She struck out 10 batters.
• Vanessa Macias (W, 4-3) pitched 7.0 innings while giving up eight hits and six runs to earn the win.
Adrian will travel to Calvin on Friday for the team's first Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) doubleheader of the season. Game one is set to begin at 1:00 p.m., ET.