ADRIAN, Mich. – The Adrian College softball team had big day on offense on Friday, April 19, sweeping Kalamazoo College with both games only going five innings. The Bulldogs took game one 10-1 before ending the day early with a 13-5 victory in the second game. The two wins give Adrian 17 on the year, surpassing last year's total.
Game One Scoreline: Adrian 10-12-2 | Kalamazoo 1-4-0
Game Two Scoreline: Adrian 13-14-0 | Kalamazoo 5-7-3
Location: Adrian, Mich. (Adrian College Softball Field)
Records: AC 17-15 (5-7 MIAA), KZOO 12-15 (4-6 MIAA)
Kalamazoo actually got the scoring started with a run on a sac fly in the top of the first. Adrian answered the in the second, tying things up and then taking the lead. Freshman Katie Connolly doubled to start the inning off and then scored when junior Madison Budde sent one over the left fielder's head for a double of her own. Classmate Infinity Rogers was up next and singled up the middle to score Budde from second.
The damage came in the fourth inning, when the Bulldogs put up an eight spot to effectively end the game early. Junior Kyleen Wilson singled to start the inning, followed by a Budde single to third. Both runners advanced on a sac bunt from Rogers and then came around to score when her sister, Destiny Rogers singled up the middle. After junior Jamie Bell walked, classmate Hope Kapelanski doubled to the gap in left center to score D. Rogers. Senior Krista Lynch was hit by a pitch before fellow senior Paige Cubberly hit one to the right center gap to bring home Bell and Kapelanski.
Kalamazoo made a pitching change but it didn't stop the bleeding, as Connolly sent one to left center to bring home Lynch and Cubberly, followed by a double to right center by Wilson to score Connolly. Four straight doubles were hit by the Bulldogs in the fourth, alternating between the gaps in left and right center. AC led by nine heading into the top of the fifth and Cubberly was able to shut the Hornets out for the fourth-straight inning to end the game early.
It was Adrian getting things started in the top of the first in game two, with Cubberly getting the game's first RBI with a double down the left field line to score Kapelanski. Two batters later Wilson singled up the gut to score Cubberly and Lynch to give the Bulldogs an early 3-0 lead. Kalamazoo answered in the bottom of the inning, getting one back when a single to shallow center scored a runner from third.
The Bulldogs picked up one more in the second when Kapelanski grounded out to third. D. Rogers was waiting for the throw, and took off for home as soon as the ball left the third baseman's hand, beating the throw to the plate for the run.
The third inning was the big inning for both teams in game two, with a combined nine runs scored between the two teams. AC picked up five of those in the top half of the inning, starting when I. Rogers singled through the right side of the infield to score Wilson and Connolly. Destiny then doubled to right field to score Budde and send her sister to third. Bell was the next batter up and hit a soft one to the pitcher, who botched the throw, scoring the Rogers twins.
Kalamazoo made things interesting by scoring four times in the bottom of the third. Things started with a pair of singles and the first run came home with another single, moving the runners to second and third with the throw to the plate. A sac fly to right scored the runner from third and advanced the runner on second to third, and a sac fly to left brought the run home. The Hornets got their final run of the inning with a double to right center, heading into the fourth down 9-5.
No runs were scored in the fourth, but the Black and Gold had a big inning in the fifth, scoring the four runs they needed to end the game after five innings for the second time on the day. Kapelanski singled to left field to score I. Rogers and Kapelanski and Bell advanced to second and third, respectively, when the left fielder made an error on the throw in. Bell came in to score shortly later when Cubberly singled to second, moving Kapelanski to third. Cubberly took second on a wild pitch, which proved to be a costly error for the visitors as she and Kapelanski scored when the left fielder dropped a fly ball hit to her by Connolly. A strikeout ended the inning for the Bulldogs but they got the four runs they needed to end things after freshman pitcher Natalie Mathers shut things down with a 1-2-3 inning in the bottom half.
• Cubberly had four RBIs to lead the offense while Kapelanski, Wilson, and the Rogers twins all had three each.
• Four Bulldogs tied for the team lead in hits with four – Kapelanski, Cubberly, Wilson, and I. Rogers. Connolly and D. Rogers were right behind them with three hits apiece.
• Cubberly pitched all five innings in game one, giving up just one run on four hits with three strikeouts. Sophomore Emily Baldus started game two, giving up all five runs on six hits and a walk in 2.2 innings of work for the win. Mathers came in to relieve Baldus and shut the Hornets' bats down, only giving up a hit and a walk in the final 2.1 innings.
• Hayleigh Alamo had three RBIs for Kalamazoo, including knocking in the only run in the first game.
• Alamo, Andrea MacMichael, and Nina Szalkiewicz were the only players for Kalamazoo with multiple hits.
• Sammi Luzadre took the loss in game one, giving up nine runs on 10 hits, with two walks in 3.1 innings pitched. Keelin McManus was in the circle for all five innings in game two, giving up 13 runs (10 earned) on 14 hits with two walks and three strikeouts for the loss.
Adrian heads to Albion College on Wednesday, April 24 with a doubleheader before returning home the next day to play Thomas More, which was rescheduled from today. First pitch in game one on Wednesday against the Britons is scheduled for 3 p.m.
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