ADRIAN, Mich. – The Adrian College softball team split was swept by No. 24 Thomas More University on Thursday, April 25. The Saints took the first game 9-1 and then ended the second game in five innings, 14-2. In game one, senior Krista Lynch was hit by a pitch for the 10th time this season, tying the school record for most times hit by a pitch in one season. She has been plunked 12 times in her career, the second-most in school history (since the 1986 season).
Game One Scoreline: #24 Thomas More 9-15-1 | Adrian 1-4-3
Game Two Scoreline: #24 Thomas More 14-15-2 | Adrian 2-1-2
Location: Adrian, Mich. (Adrian College Softball Field)
Records: AC 18-18, TMU 29-9
Thomas More slowly built a lead in the first game, scoring one run in the first, second, and third innings to hold a 3-0 lead after the third. Two of the three runs came on home runs, with solo shots in the second and third innings.
Adrian scored its only run of the game in the bottom of the fourth when freshman Katie Connolly doubled to the gap in right center. Lynch reach to start the inning when she was hit by a pitch and then fellow senior Paige Cubberly singled up to middle to put runners on first and second. Connolly then ripped her double, scoring Lynch and moving Cubberly to third. Junior Kyleen Wilson was next up and walked to load the bases with no outs. Two outs were picked up on the next play though when Cubberly was thrown out at the plate trying to take home on a fly out to right. A strikeout following the play at the plate ended the Bulldogs' threat.
The Saints got the run back in the fifth inning and then tacked on two more in the sixth. They then added three more in the seventh, including a two-run homer over the fence in left. An RBI single after the homer was the last run in the game as TMU took game one by a score of 9-1.
Thomas More started the second game out strong, putting up four runs in the top of the first. The game's first runs came on a two-run homer to dead center, and then an error at third and a groundout to second brought in the other two runs. The Saints doubled their lead in the second when a bases-loaded double cleared the paths and then a single brought the runner in from second for another four-run inning.
The Saints homered two more times in the game for a total of six on the day with a two-run shot in the fourth for the only runs of the inning and another two-run shot in the fifth as part of another four-run inning for the visitors and a 14-0 lead heading into the bottom of the fifth.
Adrian was not only being shutout heading into the fifth but AC was also being no-hit. That lasted until two outs in the last inning when junior Destiny Rogers doubled to left center, scoring her sister, Infinity Rogers. Destiny came around to score on the next at bat when the left fielder dropped what would have been the final out off the bat of sophomore Alaina Macksoud. Two runs would be all the Black and Gold would get as the left fielder atoned for her earlier mistake by catching the next ball that was hit to her to end the game with the score reading 14-2 in favor of Thomas More.
• Cubberly was the only Bulldog with multiple hits, getting two in game one. Connolly and junior Madison Budde also picked up hits in the first game while D. Rogers' hit in game two was the only one for AC.
• Connolly and D. Rogers were the only two members of the Black and Gold to get RBIs
• Freshman Natalie Mathers started the first game and went five innings in the loss. She gave up four runs (three earned) on seven hits with two strikeouts. Classmate Ally Harry pitched in relief and gave up five runs (four earned) on eight hits in two innings of work. Cubberly started game two and only lasted one and a third innings, giving up eight runs (seven earned) on eight hits with three walks. Sophomore Emily Baldus pitched the next 3.1 innings and gave up six runs on seven hits with two strikeouts before freshman Lauren McCulligh came in to get the final out.
• Thomas More showed of its long ball prowess, hitting six homers on the day. Mary Beth Odom, Morgan Wells, and Andrea Gahan homered in the first game and Wells, Baylee Hobeika, and Alix DeDreu went deep in game two.
• Kenzi Dickerson led Thomas More with five RBIs, all in game two, while Gahan and Hobeika had four and three, respectively.
• DeDreu pitched in game one, giving up the one run on four hits with one walk and nine strikeouts in the complete-game win. Kiana Towe pitched all five innings in game two, giving up two runs (one earned) on one hit with two walks and three strikeouts.
The Bulldogs finish their season on Saturday, April 27 with a conference doubleheader against St. Mary's, with the first pitch in game one slated to begin at 1 p.m. Seniors Cubberly, Lynch, and Natalia Younan will be honored for their time in the Black and Gold following the conclusion of the second game.
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