DETROIT, Mich.- The No. 25 Lawrence Technological (Mich.) University split a pair games with Cleary (Mich.) University on Friday, March 29. Katie Kubiak led the Blue Devil 8-0 win in the second game by driving in five runners off a single and a double. LTU fell 8-3 in the first game.
In the second game, Brittney Bult went the distance for the victory in six innings. She allowed no runs and two hits. Bult struck out four of the 21 batters she faced.
Sarah Hige paced the Blue Devils with two runs. Kubiak, Kennedy Emmons, Meredith Adams, Andra Malburg, Brittany Wieland and Bult contributed with one run. Lawrence Tech (20-4, 2-2) collected nine hits, led by Kubiak as she went 3-for-3 from the plate.
The Blue Devils exploded in the fourth inning with three runs. Kubiak drove in Bult and Malburg to give LTU the 2-0 lead and scored in the following play off a triple by Jackie Mattingly. Lawrence Tech scored four runs in the fifth inning to push the lead to seven runs. Bult drove in Hige with a double in the sixth inning to seal the victory.
Faith Barden toed the rubber for the first four and a third innings, in which she surrendered four runs off three hits and two walks. Sydney Schultz pitched in relief of Barden for one-third inning and allowed two runs off one hit and two walks. Alexa Cherney pitched for two and a third innings in which she gave up two runs and three hits. The Blue Devil pitchers combined for 13 strikeouts off the 34 batters they faced.
Cherilyn Banas, Adams, and Bult were in charge of scoring the three runs for LTU. Lawrence Tech collected 10 hits, paced by Bult with three hits off four at-bats. Alex Amos led the Blue Devils with 14 putouts.
Lawrence Tech took the early lead in the first inning and added two more in the third. However, Cleary (14-6, 1-1) struck back with six runs in the fifth inning. The Cougars took advantage of their momentum and scored a pair of runs in the final two innings to take the victory.
The Blue Devils will be back on the field on Wednesday, April 3 to face off with Rochester (Mich.) College at 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. at Wayne State University. The game against the University of Michigan-Dearborn, originally scheduled on Sunday, March 31, will be rescheduled due to inclement weather in the area. Date and are still TBD.