OLIVET, Mich. – The Adrian College softball team won the first game of its series with Olivet to open Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) play for the 2019 season on Friday, March 29. The second game was in the top of the seventh when it was suspended for darkness, with the Bulldogs trailing 12-8.
Final Scoreline: Adrian 7-13-1 | Olivet 6-14-4 (10 Innings)
Location: Olivet, Mich. (Olivet College Softball Field)
Records: AC 13-6 (1-0 MIAA), OC 11-8 (0-1 MIAA)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The game was scoreless until the fourth inning when Olivet broke the tie. The Comets took advantage on a dropped fly ball to score the game's opening run on a two-out single to score the runner from second.
Adrian answered with a big fifth inning, tying the game up when freshman Lauren McCulligh hit a home run to left center, the second of her career. The Bulldogs took the lead one out later when junior Hope Kapelanski reached on a fielder's choice to score Alaina Macksoud. Junior Destiny Rogers came around to score on the next at bat when senior Krista Lynch singled to center and Kapelanski scored herself when senior Paige Cubberly singled to right. Freshman Katie Connolly singled to the gap in right next and scored sophomore Jalyn DeForest, running for Lynch. That would be the last run of the inning for Adrian but it gave AC a 5-1 lead.
The Comets had a pig fifth inning of their own, scoring three runs to make it a one-run ballgame. A double to right center followed by a triple to the same spot scored the first run of the inning for OC, followed by an infield single to score again, making it 5-3. Olivet got its last run of the inning on a sac fly that also advanced a runner to third. The Comets could've tied the game up but sophomore Emily Baldus pitching in relief got a strikeout to end the threat.
Olivet would end up tying the game in the bottom of the sixth when a passed ball on a strikeout put a runner on third with one out. A single by the next batter brought the run home to tie the game and send it into extra innings.
It took three extra innings, but for the second game in a row, Rogers hit a go-ahead homerun in the top of the inning to give AC the lead it needed. This time it was a two-run shot, as she scored her twin sister, Infinity Rogers. The Comets wouldn't go quietly and got one back in the bottom of the tenth but Cubberly was brought in to pitch and shut it down, securing the win for the Bulldogs.
The second game of the series was in the seventh inning when the umpires decided to suspend the finish due to darkness. Adrian trailed in the second game, 12-8 but bat second due to the game being the second half of an MIAA doubleheader. The game is going to try to be completed on Sunday, weather permitting.
• D. Rogers hit the go-ahead two-run homer to lead the team with two RBIs.
• Connolly had three hits to lead the team while Lynch and Cubberly each added two.
• Freshman Natalie Mathers pitched a total of 7.1 innings to get the win, starting and then coming back in to relieve Baldus. Mathers gave up four runs (two earned) on 10 hits with a walk and four strikeouts. Cubberly pitched one shutout inning to get the save, picking up one strikeout.
• Dayoni Mahlich led Olivet with three hits while also picking up an RBI.
• Payton Watson, Andrea Rico and Kinslea Blouin had two hits each and Watson and Blouin both had an RBI.
• Rico started the game and went 4.1 innings and gave up five runs (four earned) on seven hits. Danielle Erickson took the loss, going 5.2 innings and giving up two runs (one earned) on six hits with a walk and a strikeout.
The two teams will look to finish game two of the doubleheader on Sunday, March 31 in Olivet if weather allows.
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