ALBION, Mich. – The Adrian College softball team split with Albion College on Wednesday, April 24. Adrian dominated the first game, winning 23-0 before having the bats go quiet in game two's 4-2 loss. AC picked up its 18th win on the year, giving the Black and Gold their most wins since the 2015 campaign.
Game One Scoreline: Adrian 23-19-0 | Albion 0-3-1
Game Two Scoreline: Albion 4-8-1 | Adrian 2-7-1
Location: Albion, Mich. (Dempsey Field)
Records: AC 18-16 (6-8 MIAA), Albion 8-30 (1-13 MIAA)
It was all Adrian in the first game, with the Bulldogs getting on the board with two runs in the second inning. The game's first run was a solo home run from junior Kyleen Wilson. Sophomore Alaina Macksoud then grounded out to second to score junior Infinity Rogers from second.
AC added to the lead in the third when freshman Katie Connolly singled through the left side of the infield to score senior Krista Lynch from second. The Bulldogs got two more in the fourth when Macksoud doubled to the gap in right to score Rogers again and then junior Madison Budde reached on an error by the shortstop that scored Macksoud.
The fifth inning was where Adrian did the damage, putting up an 18 spot, the largest known number of runs in an inning, dating back to records from the late 90s. Senior Paige Cubberly tripled to score Lynch to open the inning and then Rogers walked to score Cubberly with the bases loaded. A Macksoud single scored two and junior Destiny Rogers hit a sac fly to score her sister for the fifth run of the inning and the first out.
Nine runs came around to score with one out, started off win a single by junior Ashley Lenington to second that scored Macksoud. Albion made a pitching change after that and the next run came when Lenington scored on a single by Cubberly. Sophomore Jalyn DeForest then singled to second to score two. Two more runs came in when Wilson doubled to right center to clear the bases.
Another pitching change was made by the Britons at this point, with no Bulldog batter retired since the visit to the circle. Freshman Katy McGarry came in to pinch hit and singled to left to score Wilson for her first career RBI. The bases were loaded again shortly later and Lenington drew a walk to score McGary and keep them loaded. Junior catcher Sam Jankowiak pinch hit and singled to left to drive in a run and freshman Lauren McCulligh walked to bring home another. Cubberly singled to center to drive in one more before Albion made its third pitching change of the inning.
This time the new pitcher was able to get an out right away, bringing the Britons one out away from winning. However, Adrian would score twice more before the inning was over, with Wilson singling to right and McGarry drawing a bases-loaded walk. Cubberly went out to the circle after the batting was finished and looked to end the game early with the shutout. She did so with emphasis, striking out the side to end the first game.
Adrian put up 18 runs in the fifth inning, surpassing the believed previous high of 12 from the 1998 season. Records are not available from big wins in the 1990 or 1978 to give a definitive number. Speaking of those seasons, today's offensive output was the fourth-most runs the Black and Gold have scored in a contest and the most since the 1990 season. The program record comes from a 43-3 drubbing of Alma in 1978, followed by 29-0 and 26-1 wins over Penn State-Beaverton in 1990. The Bulldogs played three games against PSU-Beaverton that year and won by a combined 71-1.
The second game was not as fruitful for the Bulldogs as the first. Adrian did get on the board first when D. Rogers singled to left in the bottom of the third to score Macksoud. Albion answered big in the top of the fourth, getting four runs from an RBI double and then a three-run homer. The Bulldogs only managed one more run in the bottom of the sixth when Wilson singled to right to score Lenington, settling for the split.
• Wilson had five RBIs over the two games to lead the offense. Right behind her was Macksoud with four and Cubberly with three. Seven total Bulldogs ended the day with multiple RBIs.
• Cubberly had five hits in the game while Wilson finished the two games with four. Wilson, I. Rogers, Macksoud, and Lenington tied for the lead in runs scored with three each.
• Cubberly got the complete game shutout in the first game while only giving up three hits and a walk with five strikeouts. Freshman Natalie Mathers started the second game and took the loss, giving up four runs on five hits with two strikeouts in 3+ innings of work. Cubberly came on in relief and went three innings, giving up three hits with two walks and two strikeouts. Sophomore Emily Baldus pitched the final inning, going 1-2-3.
• Lauren Beougher hit the three-run homer in the second game.
• Savannah Spring led Albion with three total hits in the two games. Rachel Hendershott picked up two in the second game to be the only other Briton with multiple hits.
• Albion used four different pitchers in the first game, with Morgan Deckrow starting and taking the loss. Deckrow went 4.1 innings and gave up 12 runs on 10 hits with four walks. Desaray Wadle and Eryn VenderVlucht combined four zero outs in the fifth and gave up 11 runs on eight hits with four walks. Willow Montague was able to get the final two outs in the fifth and only gave up a hit and a walk. VanderVlucht pitched all of game two, only giving up two runs (one earned) on seven hits with two walks and a strikeout in seven innings of work.
Adrian returns home for a pair of doubleheaders to finish out the season. No. 24 Thomas More comes to town tomorrow, Thursday, April 24 for a doubleheader starting at 3:30 p.m. The Bulldogs finish their season with a conference twinbill against St. Mary's with the first pitch in game one slated to begin at 1 p.m. The three seniors will be recognized for their careers at the conclusion of the second game on Saturday.
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