SOFTBALL: Alma Sweeps Olivet in MIAA Action Saturday

OLIVET, Mich. - Alma College picked up two more MIAA wins Saturday in 3-2 and 4-3 victories against Olivet College to move to 21-7, 8-0 in MIAA action for the season.

In the first game, Alma scored a single run in the fourth inning to take the lead, but Olivet powered through in the bottom of the inning to take a 2-1 lead. A walk to Sarah Johnson led off the inning, followed by a Brittany Fales double down the left field line to plate Johnson. Fales would get out on the play at third base with a throw from left field. Freshman Houston Verbeck capitalized on a fielding error at first base for another base runner before Emily Blahnik hit a line drive into a double play to end the inning.

In the top of the seventh, Alma tacked on two runs and Olivet could not answer in the bottom of the seventh to give Alma a 3-2 win. Verbeck homered to left field to lead off the seventh and tie the game, followed by a Blahnik strike out. Sarah Seals stepped in and reached first as Angie Asam came in to pinch run for Seals. Taylor Erwin singled up the middle to move Asam to third. A pitching change for the Comets ensued and Erwin advanced to second on a wild pitch, allowing Asam to score unearned. A Missy Morcom ground out and Kasey Miller ground out ended the inning for the Scots with a 3-2 lead. Kay McDonald then stepped it up, getting the Comets to go down in order with a foul fly, a line out and a strike out to end the game. McDonald ended the game with her11th win of the season (11-2), going seven innings and striking out 13 batters.

The second game saw the Scots win 4-3. Olivet scored first in the top of the first with one run, but Alma evened things up in the bottom of the second with one run, as Fales singled to left field with one out, followed by a Verbeck pop out to third base. Fales moved to second on a throwing error at third base and to third on a wild pitch. She would score an unearned run on a wild pitch before a walk to Blahnik and a Seals strike out to end the inning tied at 1-1. Alma scored another run in the bottom of the fifth when Blahnik singled through the left side and Asam pinch ran for Blahnik. Seals laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Asam to second and an Erwin single into left center put runners on the corners. Morcom launced a sacrifice fly to left field, allowing Asam to score before Miller made the final out of the inning on a ground out to third base.

Olivet took a 3-2 lead in the top of the sixth and with their backs against the wall, Alma came back to answer with two runs of its own. Amy Gaudard singled to lead off the inning as Johnson reached base on a fielder's chioce, moving Gaudard to second. Fales made the first out of the inning with a fly out to center. Blahnik singled up the middle and moved to second on the throw to plate Gaudard for the tying run. With Seals hit by pitch, Kelsey Rightenberg came in to run. Erwin hit an infield single to score Johnson and move Rightenberg to second and Blahnik to third. Morcom took base on a fielder's chioce with Rightenberg out at third base to end the scoring for the game with Alma leading 4-3.

Kay McDonald came in to pitch the final inning for the Scots, replacing Katie Koechling who went six innings, striking out two and allowing five hits. McDonald made the final three outs, walking a potential game-tying run before getting Olivet's final batter to go down swinging.