Beavers drop two at Adrian
Beavers drop a pair at Adrian College
March 18, 2010
ADRIAN, Mich. - The Bluffton University softball team struggled to score runs as Adrian College came away with a sweep of the Beavers on Thursday, March 18, 2010. Bluffton fell to 1-8 on the season, while the host Bulldogs improved to 6-4.
Adrian 6, Bluffton 0
Adrian put up all of the offense it would need in the home half of the first. A single, a double and a Stevens' two-run shot to left center gave the Bulldogs a 3-0 lead while Bluffton went hitless through the first four frames.
The Beavers loaded the bases with one out in the top of the fifth before before back-to-back strikeouts looking ended the threat. To compound their offensive woes, Bluffton committed two miscues in the home half, leading to a couple unearned runs. Another Bluffton error in the sixth led to Adrian's sixth run of the game as the Bulldogs took the lidlifter by a 6-0 count.
Brooke Babcock (Findlay) dropped to 1-4 on the season. She gave up five runs, three earned, on seven hits in five innings. Babcock struck out two and did not walk a batter. Jessica McDonald (Mechanicsburg) went 2-of-3 to lead the Beavers.
Adrian 5, Bluffton 2
Down 1-0 after three innings, Bluffton broke through for two runs in the top of the fourth. Babcock ignited the two-out rally with a single to left center. Jessica McDonald's two-bagger to left center put both runners in scoring position for freshman Stevie Cuttitta (Columbiaville, Mich./Clio) who promptly ripped a two-run double.
A four-run sixth for the home team that included four Adrian hits and a Bluffton error was the difference as the Bulldogs held the Beavers scoreless in the seventh to nail down a 5-2 victory in the nightcap.
Torrie Wilson (Delphos/Jefferson), Babcock and McDonald all finished the second game with two hits. Cuttitta drove in two with her fourth-inning double. She fell to 0-3 on the year after giving up five runs on six hits in 5.2 innings of work. The freshman struck out two and walked a batter.
The Beavers will return to action on Friday, March 19, when they host Trine University. The first contest is slated to start at 3 p.m.