Clermont, Fla. - The Alma College softball team's bats came alive in game two of a doubleheader against Michigan-Dearborn on Thursday morning. The Scots defeated the Wolverines 12-5 after falling in game one 2-1.
Danielle Service (Mason, Mich./Mason) and Riley Terwilliger (Mount Pleasant, Mich./Sacred Heart Academy) were a force in the six and seven spots in the lineup. They both notched four RBI in game two, going 4-for-5 at the plate. Service hit three doubles and Terwilliger smacked the game's only triple. Terwilliger now has six RBI on the year, second on the team and tied for third in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association. Service earned her first RBIs during the game.
Alma picked up four runs in the top of the first inning on five hits. Katie McClure (Manchester, Mich./Manchester) doubled to center field, scoring Chelsea Schweiger (St. Clair, Mich./St. Clair) from second. After Mary Brooks (Portland, Mich./Portland) singled McClure to third, McKenzie Creed (Edwardsburg, Mich./Edwardsburg) brought her home with a sacrifice fly to center field. Service hit her first double of the day next, scoring Brooks, and scored herself on a Terwilliger single to right.
Michigan-Dearborn responded with three runs in the bottom of the inning, and Alma got them all back in the top of the third. Terwilliger hit her first triple of the year that scored Service and Katie Long (Grand Rapids, Mich./West Catholic). She scored on a single by Cassidy Tucker (Coleman, Mich./Coleman).
Service and Terwilliger would strike again in the top of the fourth. With the bases loaded, Service hit a double to left field, scoring Kelsey Spencer (Eaton Rapids, Mich./Eaton Rapids) and McClure. Terwilliger's single to center field scored the remaining baserunner, Creed, and Service scored on a sacrifice fly by Averi Munro (Morrice, Mich./Morrice).
McClure picked up her third win of the year, leading the conference in the early stages of the season. She struck out four over seven innings and allowed five runs on eight hits.
Morgan Stratton (Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc) was dealing in game one. Despite picking up the loss, she allowed just three hits over all seven innings. UMD's run came in the top of the third when Riley Hison reached base on an error by Creed. Hison scored on a Kylie Hill single to shortstop.
Alma tied the game in the bottom of the sixth when Erin Lee (Commerce, Mich./Walled Lake Northern) worked a bases loaded walk, scoring Spencer. Hison batted in the game-winning run in the next half inning with a single up the middle, scoring Kelly O'Hara.
McClure doubled with one out in the bottom of the seventh, but the Scots failed to bring her home.
Alma closes out its spring trip to Florida on Friday with a doubleheader against Augustana and Milwaukee School of Engineering. The games are scheduled to begin at 2 and 4:30 p.m.
Conatct: Zach Russo, Assistant Sports Information Director, (989) 463-7436