Alma, Mich. - Kaylee Martin (North Branch, Mich. / North Branch) and Madyson Piche (Sault Sainte Marie, Mich. / Sault Area) each hit their first home runs of the season in a 7-2 game one win against Kalamazoo on Tuesday (April 9), but the Scots dropped game two 2-1 in a defensive battle to split with the Hornets.
Martin went 5-for-7 with a double, a home run and five RBI on the day. Riley Terwilliger (Mount Pleasant, Mich. / Sacred Heart Academy) went 3-for-6 with a double and a triple in game one.
Haley Ullrich (Elk River, Minn. / Elk River) had a strong outing in the circle for Alma (14-14, 3-7 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association). She allowed two runs on five hits, seven strikeouts and just one walk over seven innings. Her scoreless inning streak was snapped in the sixth at 16.1 innings after she allowed a two-run home run to Hayleigh Alamo.
How It Happened
Game One - Alma 7, at Kalamazoo 2
- Piche started the scoring in the second inning with a lead-off home run. Terwilliger followed with a triple and Martin drove her home to give the Scots a 2-0 lead.
- Martin added three runs to the board with her first home run of the year. In the seventh inning, she ripped an RBI double down the right-field line to pad the lead. Ullrich struck out two of the game's final three batters to end the game.
Game Two - Kalamazoo 2, at Alma 1
- Kalamazoo scored two runs in the second inning on three hits and one error. Three straight singles brought one run in and a groundout to first base scored another run from third.
- The Scots didn't manage a hit until the third inning. They got one run back in the bottom of the fourth when Morgan Trout (Otisville, Mich. / Lakeville) singled home Hadyn Terwilliger (Mount Pleasant, Mich. / Sacred Heart Academy) and advanced Martin to second. Hannah Fleming (Rogers City, Mich. / Rogers City) was up next with a chance to tie the game or more, but her hard grounder went straight back to the pitcher who fielded it cleanly for the third out.
- Amanda Efaw (Ithaca, Mich. / Alma) pitched well despite picking up the loss. She allowed two runs on five hits and three strikeouts over 5.1 innings. The two runs are tied for the fewest amount she has given up this year.
- Eight different Scots have hit home runs this year, second in the conference only to Trine's nine.
- Ullrich struck out a career-high seven batters. She also pitched all seven innings for just the second time this season.
- Alma only had one extra-base hit in game two - a double by Cassidy Tucker (Coleman, Mich. / Coleman). It stranded a runner on third in three separate innings.
The Scots will host Trine University (IN) on Saturday. The Thunder lead the MIAA with a 5-1 record and split with Alma last year. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.