ANGOLA, Ind. – The Adrian College softball team was swept by No. 17 Trine University on Tuesday, April 2 in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) play. It was the first time this season that the Bulldogs have lost both games in a day/series.
Game One Scoreline: #17 Trine 1-5-1 | Adrian 0-3-0
Game Two Scoreline: #17 Trine 7-13-2 | Adrian 1-6-1
Location: Angola, Ind. (SportONE/Parkview Softball Field)
Records: AC 13-9 (1-3 MIAA), TU 14-2 (2-0 MIAA)
Calling the first game a pitcher's duel would be an understatement; only eight total hits were allowed in the first contest and neither pitcher issued any walks. Freshman Natalie Mathers started in the circle for the Bulldogs and gave up five hits and the game's only run, a home run in the bottom of the second. The game had 11 total strikeouts, with Mathers picking up four of those. Both teams only had runners in scoring position twice and neither team could bring them home or even advance to third.
The offense picked up in the second game, with Trine getting on the board in the top of the first with back-to-back doubles. Another home run by the Thunder in the second gave the hosts a 2-0 lead and drove Mathers from the game after pitching a total of 7.2 innings over the two games.
Adrian got on the board for the first time today when sophomore outfielder Alaina Macksoud came around to touch home. She started off the inning with a single and then advanced to second on a sac bunt and to third on a groundout. Junior catcher Hope Kapelanski then singled through the left side of the infield to bring her home and cut the deficit in half.
Trine picked up an unearned run in the fourth and then scored twice more in the sixth. The Thunder had the bases loaded with two outs after those two runs in the sixth but senior pitcher Paige Cubberly was able to pitch out of the jam, which would be her last out as the pitcher.
The Thunder picked up two more in the top of the seventh, including hitting their third home run of the day and second of game two. Their final run of the day was scored when a single through the left side of the infield scored a runner from second to make it 7-1.
Adrian tried to rally in the bottom of the seventh, when junior Destiny Rogers and sophomore Jamie Bell picked up two-out singles to get runners on first and second but that was as far as the Black and Gold got before the third out was picked up.
• Kapelanski had the Bulldogs' only RBI and it scored Macksoud.
• Cubberly picked up two hits in the second game and Bell had one in each game to be the only AC players with multiple hits.
• Mathers pitched all of game one, giving up one run on five hits with four strikeouts in six innings. She threw a total of 74 pitches during the game. Mathers also started game two and gave up two runs on three hits in 1.2 innings and taking her second loss of the day. Cubberly came in to relieve Mathers and the senior went 4.1 innings, giving up three runs (two earned) on six hits with a walk and a strikeout. Sophomore Emily Baldus pitched the seventh inning of game two, giving up two runs on four hits.
• Lainey McCue homered in the first game and Michaela Hartline and Mercede Daugherty both homered in game two.
• McCue had three RBIs over the two games to lead Trine's offense, while Daugherty and Haley Springer each knocked in two runs.
• Hannah Kampmann picked up the complete game shutout in the first game for the Thunder, only giving up three hits while striking out seven. Kate Saupe pitched all seven innings in game two, giving up just the one run on six hits with two strikeouts.
Adrian concludes its six-game road trip with a pair of doubleheaders this weekend. The Bulldogs head to Alma for two conference games on Saturday, April 6, with first pitch in game one scheduled for 1 p.m. The trip away from home ends the next day when AC travels to Baldwin Wallace on Sunday for a non-conference twin bill, also scheduled to start at 1 p.m.
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