NORTHVILLE, Mich.- The 25th-ranked Lawrence Technological (Mich.) University softball team fell 7-6 to the University of Michigan-Dearborn in the first game of the doubleheader on Thursday, April 6. Game two was called due to darkness, tied at 1-1.
Brittney Bult got the start on the mound for Lawrence Tech (22-5, 4-3) in the first game. Bult pitched five and a third innings allowing three runs on eight hits and sitting down four of the 25 batters she faced. Sydney Coe pitched in relief of Bult for two-thirds of an inning, in which she surrendered two runs on two hits with a strikeout. Sydney Schultz went for a third of an inning allowing two runs on two hits – one homer – and one walk. Alexa Cherney pitched for two-thirds of an inning with one strikeout.
LTU opened the scoring in the first inning when Sarah Hige scored off a sacrifice fly down the center field by Bult. Michigan (13-8, 3-2) struck back in the top of the third inning with two runs, just to have the Blue Devils answer in the bottom of the inning with a run to tie the game as Bult scored Katie Cyster with a single down the left field.
The Wolverines added a run in the top of the sixth inning, cutting Lawrence Tech's lead to one run. In the bottom of the inning, Bult reached first on an error, scoring Cyster for her second run of the day. However, Michigan answered in the top of the seventh inning with a homer and two runs, claiming the lead for the second time in the effort. Despite Hige's RBI double scoring Gina Barber in the bottom of the inning, the Blue Devils would not be able to build a comeback in the bottom of the inning.
LTU and Michigan were in a pitchers duel over the first five innings of game two as both teams combined on nine hits and 10 runners left on base. Cherney toed the rubber over these five innings allowing one run on six hits and one walk with four strikeouts.
The Wolverines took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning. In the fifth inning, a single by Hige plated Alex Amos to tie the contest.
The Blue Devils return to the diamond on Saturday, April 6 when they travel to Lima, Ohio to face off with the University of Northwestern Ohio. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. at the Racer Softball Field.