CLERMONT, Fla. – The Adrian College softball team won its first game of the season by beating St. Vincent 5-4 in eight innings in game two of the Bulldogs' season-opening double header on Sunday, March 3. The Bulldogs trailed 4-1 entering the seventh inning and tied the game up before winning in the top of the eighth.
Final Scoreline: Adrian 5-5-3, St. Vincent 4-9-5 (Eight Innings)
Location: Clermont, Fla. (Hancock Recreational Complex, Field Two)
Records: AC 1-1, SVC 0-1
HOW IT HAPPENED
Adrian threatened in the second when senior pitcher Paige Cubberly made it to third with two outs. Any threat of a run was stuffed by the Bearcats by a ground out by the next batter. St. Vincent was able to break the deadlock in the next inning, scoring three runs in the bottom of the third. After an uneventful fourth inning with only one combined baserunner, the Bearcats added to their lead by taking on a run from a fielder's choice in the fifth to make it 4-0.
AC still trailed by three entering the final inning, but the rally caps worked for the Black and Gold, as they were able pick up the three runs they needed, all with two outs. Runners were on first and second when freshman Lauren McCulligh singled up the middle to score sophomore right fielder Jamie Bell, with junior Ashley Lenington advancing to third on the play, and McCulligh to second on the throw to the plate. Cubberly was up next and delivered when needed most, hitting a two-run double to right center to score the runs and tie the game.
Adrian continued its run in extra innings, taking the lead with one out in the top of the eighth. Cubberly started the inning on second and advanced to third on a groundout. After a walk, junior third baseman Infinity Rogers hit a sacrifice fly to center to score Cubberly and put junior center fielder Madison Budde on third. The Bulldogs weren't able to pick up an insurance run as a fly out to right field ended the inning.
St. Vincent came close to knotting the game back up in the bottom of the eighth, with runners on the corners and two outs. Freshman pitcher Natalie Mathers did what she needed to do and struck out the next batter to pick up the save and give the Bulldogs the win.
The Bulldogs outscored the Bearcats 5-0 from the sixth inning on, which proved to be the difference maker in the contest. Despite the win, Adrian was outhit in the game, nine to five. Errors are what proved costly for St. Vincent as the Bearcats committed five errors to AC's three.
• Cubberly led the way with two hits and two RBIs.
• McCulligh, Macksoud, and Rogers knocked in Adrian's other runs.
• Cubberly went seven innings and gave up eight hits and four runs (zero earned) in the win, striking out six and walking four. Mathers came on to pitch the eighth and gave up one hit and struck out two for the save.
• Sydney Gurneal had St. Vincent's only RBI.
• Gurneal and Kelsey Tobin tied for the lead in hits, with two each.
• Riley Assalone gave up five hits and one earned run in the eight-inning loss. She struck out two batters and conceded four walks.
The Bulldogs are back in action again tomorrow, March 4 with another double header. Adrian will take on Alverina at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow before facing Roanoke shortly after at 3:45 p.m.
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