GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.- The (RV) Lawrence Technological University softball team split their doubleheader against Aquinas (Mich.) College on Wednesday, April 10 in Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference action. The Blue Devils won game two, 22-16, and dropped a 3-1 decision in game one.
The batters highlighted the second game as both teams combined for 43 hits over the seven innings. Lawrence Tech (26-8-1, 8-5-1) outhit Aquinas (24-14, 7-3), 27-16, led by Sarah Hige and Brittney Bult that went 4-for-6 from the plate. In addition, Hige and Bult paced the squad with four runs apiece. Kennedy Emmons registered a career-high five RBIs and her first two homers as a Blue Devil.
LTU took an early lead in the game with four runs in the first inning. Emmons got things started with a two-run homer. The Saints struck back in the bottom of the second inning with nine runs to claim the advantage. Bult scored Brittany Wieland off a single down the left field to cut the five-run deficit to four, just to see Aquinas stretch the lead with four runs in the bottom of the frame.
The Blue Devils added four runs in the fourth inning and six in the fifth, in which they reclaimed the lead with a single by Cherilyn Banas that drove in Andra Malburg. LTU scored six more runs in the sixth inning that included Emmon's second homer of the day, which drove in three runs. Aquinas scored three more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Alexa Cherney allowed no runs and no hits in the seventh inning to hold on to the 22-16 win.
Brittney Bult started on the mound and pitched for one and two-thirds innings in which she allowed eight runs – four earned - on six hits and two walks. Faith Barden pitched in relief of Bult for two-thirds of an inning striking out one of the seven batters she faced and giving up five runs on five hits. Sydney Schultz toed the rubber for two and two-third innings in which she surrendered three runs – one earned – on five hits and three walks. Schultz moved to 3-0 on the season.
Cherney pitched game one, allowing three runs on five hits and two walks. The Farmington Hills, Mich. native sat down three of the 24 batters she faced. Lawrence Tech outhit Aquinas, 9-5, paced by Malburg with two hits off three at-bats.
LTU opened the scoring in the first inning with an RBI double down the right field by Bult to drive in Hige. The Saints tied the game in the fourth inning and sealed the victory in the fifth with a two-run homer by Brooke Wila.
Lawrence Tech returns to the diamond on Saturday, April 13 against Indiana Tech in Fort Wayne, Ind. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. at the Warrior Park.