Alma, Mich. - The Alma College softball team played No. 6 Trine University in a two-game series on Wednesday (March 28). The Scots fell in game one 10-0 in five innings and won game two 11-9 in eight innings after the game was suspended due to darkness.
Alma is currently 15-6 overall and 1-1 in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association; Trine is 18-4 and 1-1.
The Scots battled back from a 6-1 deficit in game two to send the game into extra innings and take a four-run lead in the top of the eighth inning. McKenzie Creed (Edwardsburg, Mich. / Edwardsburg) is 3-for-4 in the game with a home run, a double and five RBI. Her two-run home run cut the Trine lead to three in the fifth, and a two-run double started the scoring in Alma's game-tying seventh inning; Mary Brooks (Portland, Mich. / Portland) followed Creed with a two-run shot, herself.
How It Happened
Game 1 - Trine 10, at Alma 0 (5 innings)
- The Thunder scored all 10 of it runs of game one in the first four innings. Half their runs came from the long ball; Mercede Daugherty hit a two-run home run in the top of the first and Claire Ryan hit one in the third.
- Daugherty hit an RBI double to begin the scoring in the fourth, followed by a single by Kaylee Fox, a fielder's choice by Ryan and a walk to Kennedy Baugh.
Game 2 - at Alma 11, Trine 9 (8 innings)
- Alma's first run came when Chelsea Schweiger (St. Clair, Mich. / St. Clair) scored on a throwing error by the Trine pitcher.
- Trine scored six runs in the fourth inning, starting with a solo shot by Kaylee Fox. It added five more runs after a fielding error by McKenzie Creed (Edwardsburg, Mich. / Edwardsburg), culminating in a two-run single by Daugherty. All five of the runs following the error were unearned.
- Creed got two runs back in the top of the fifth with a deep home run to left field, her second of the season, scoring Cassidy Tucker (Coleman, Mich. / Coleman).
- Down 7-4 in the top of the seventh, Alma had its best inning of the day. Trine pulled starting pitcher Hannah Kampmann for Kate Saupe, who pitched all of game one, after a single by Tucker. Saupe would go on to allow the four tying runs, followed by three more runs in the eighth inning.
- Creed plated Tucker on a sacrifice fly after Schweiger singled her to third. Later, with the bases loaded, Riley Terwilliger (Mount Pleasant, Mich. / Sacred Heart Academy) reached on an infield single to score Schweiger and Madyson Piche (Sault Saint Marie, Mich. / Sault Area) singled to center field to score Erin Lee (Commerce, Mich. / Walled Lake Northern). Katie McClure (Manchester, Mich. / Manchester) sacrificed Kaylee Martin (North Branch, Mich. / North Branch) home for Alma's seventh and game-tying run.
- With the game-winning run on second base, Schweiger made a diving catch on a line drive that forced her to come in. She dove to her right and made the game-saving catch with the ball tailing away from her to send the game to extra innings.
- In the top of the eighth with the score tied at seven, Creed hit a two-run double to score Tucker and Schweiger. Brooks followed that up with a shot to center field, her sixth of the season, to give the Scots an 11-7 lead. Saupe was then replaced by a returning Kampmann.
- Trine picked up two runs in the bottom of the eighth on a pair of singles. After the game was postponed with runners on first and second with one out, Brooks got the final two outs by way of a popup and strikeout.
- Mary Brooks' six home runs are third in the MIAA.
- Alma is 5-for-5 in game two with runners on and less than two outs. It was also 2-for-2 with the bases loaded.
- The Scots' top four hitters are 10-for-18 in game two.
The Scots' next series is scheduled to be in Kalamazoo against the Hornets on Saturday, March 31 at 1:00 p.m.
Contact: Zach Russo, Assistant Sports Information Director