ADRIAN, Mich. – The Adrian College softball team split its doubleheader with Calvin College on Wednesday, April 10. The Bulldogs ended game one in five innings with a 10-2 victory and then fell in the second game, 8-5.
Game One Scoreline: Adrian 10-9-1 | Calvin 2-7-1
Game Two Scoreline: Calvin 8-11-2 | Adrian 5-4-1
Location: Adrian, Mich. (Adrian College Softball Field)
Records: AC 15-13 (3-5 MIAA), CC 18-6 (6-2 MIAA)
Calvin picked up two runs in the top of the first when a two-out double to left center scored runners from second and third. That would be the last positive for the Knights in this one as the Bulldogs took over offensively in the second.
Adrian picked up six runs in the bottom of the second on just four hits thanks to the lack of control from Calvin's pitcher. She walked freshman Katie Connolly to start the inning and then threw two wild pitches to advance her to second and walk classmate Lauren McCulligh as well. Junior Infinity Rogers drew another walk and fellow junior Madison Budde put one down the right field line to score Connolly and put a ball in play for the first time that inning.
Two more wild pitches scored McCulligh and Rogers and moved Budde to third before Destiny Rogers walked. The junior then stole second and advanced to third while Budde scored when sophomore Jamie Bell grounded out to second. A strikeout gave the Knights their second out of the inning but a passed ball brought home D. Rogers to make it 5-2. AC picked up its final run of the inning when Connolly singled up the middle to score senior Krista Lynch, who had gotten on with an earlier single.
Calvin's pitcher would throw one more wild pitch before the inning was over to put runners on second and third but was able to record her second strikeout of the frame to end the inning. All together there were six balls to make it to the backstop and four walks were issued, all in just the second alone.
The Bulldogs picked up another run in the third when Budde scored from second on a Bell single. Bell hit the ball up the middle and it glanced off the pitcher's glove, bouncing past the infield and into shallow right center.
That would be the final run until Adrian scored the final three needed to end the game early in the bottom of the fifth. D. Rogers doubled over the centerfielder's head to score her sister and then advanced to third when Bell reached on an error by the second baseman. Junior catcher Hope Kapelanski followed Rogers' example and hit one over the centerfielder's head herself to score Rogers and send Bell to third.
Calvin decided to switch pitchers to try and get out of the inning and keep the game alive but Lynch had other plans, hitting a single just past the outstretched glove of the shortstop to bring home Bell and end the game in the bottom of the fifth. Adrian finished the first game with nine hits and seven bases on balls, while Calvin's pitching staff threw a total of five wild pitches, all in the second inning.
Adrian batted first in the second game and got its first base runner when Lynch struck out but made it to first on the pitch being wild and getting past the catcher – Calvin's sixth and final wild pitch of the day. She came around to score shortly after when Cubblerly tripled past the right fielder. That would be Adrian's only run in the first, a stark contrast to what Calvin was about to do in the bottom half of the inning.
The Knights put their first two runners on and then brought one home when a grounder was botched at short. Another run came around when the next batter singled up the middle, putting runners on the corners and giving Calvin a 2-1 lead. A single to the gap in right center scored the runner on third and put runners on the corners for the second consecutive batter. It didn't end up mattering where the runners were located as a deep shot to left field cleared the wall and the bases, giving Calvin a 6-1 lead. After another single Adrian made a pitching change, bringing on sophomore Emily Baldus to relieve freshman Natalie Mathers.
Baldus was able to get all three outs in the first but gave up one more run in the inning with a two-out single, making it 7-1 in favor of the visitors heading into the second inning.
Adrian got one back in the second when D. Rogers hit one to third that was bobbled by the fielder with two outs. Sophomore Jalyn DeForest was motoring from second on the play and scored when the third baseman threw to second, with Rogers beating the throw for the run to count. Calvin effectively negated the run that AC picked up by hitting its second home run in the game, a no-doubter to straight-away center.
Not to be outdone, Cubberly knocked a homer over the fence in center in the bottom of the third to score herself and Lynch, cutting the deficit to four runs. Budde doubled down the line in left to score I. Rogers with no outs in the fourth to cut it to three runs but that would be as close as the Black and Gold got, as they failed to get a runner on base for the rest of the game after Budde's double. Calvin only managed two more hits in the game after the fourth and didn't score any more runs either, holding on for the 8-5 win to earn the split.
• Cubberly had three RBIs on the day, all in game two, to lead the Bulldogs' offense. Joining her with multiple RBIs were Bell, Budde, and D. Rogers.
• Cubberly also led the team in hits, finishing with three of those as well, while Lynch and Budde each had two.
• Cubberly got the win in game one, giving up two runs on seven hits with two strikeouts in five innings of work. Mathers started the second game and was chased out of the game before recording an out. Her final line was seven runs (five earned) on five hits with one walk issued. Baldus pitched the rest of the game, giving up one run on six hits in six innings of work.
• Grace Quiggle and Abi Colon each went deep in the game for Calvin.
• Quiggle tied for the lead in RBIs with three, all from her homer. Joining her was Grace Stock with two in the first and one in the second game.
• Anna Gernant faced all but one batter in game one and struggled with control. She gave up 10 runs (eight earned) on eight hits with five strikeouts, seven walks, and five wild pitches. Ellie Borst went all seven innings in game two, giving up five runs on four hits while striking out three and issuing one walk.
Adrian is back in action this weekend with a doubleheader against Hope College on Saturday, April 13. First pitch in game one against the Flying Dutch is slated for 1 p.m.
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