Notre Dame, Ind. - The Alma College softball team split a series with Saint Mary's (Ind.) on Monday (April 22) afternoon. Alma won game one 5-2 and dropped game two 9-7. Senior third baseman McKenzie Creed (Edwardsburg, Mich. / Edwardsburg) hit two home runs in the series while Riley Terwilliger (Mount Pleasant, Mich. / Sacred Heart Academy) hit two triples and drove in four runs.
A three-run fifth inning for the Scots (16-16, 5-9 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association) broke a 2-2 tie in game one, while Alma tried to overcome a five-run deficit in the bottom of the seventh inning in game two, but came up two runs short. The Belles (11-20, 7-5 MIAA) had scored six runs in the third and fourth innings combined to take a commanding 9-4 lead.
Skylar Crisenbery (Watervliet, Mich. / Coloma) earned the win in game one. She allowed nine hits and two runs in 5.2 innings of work. Jazmine Hamm (Byron Center, Mich. / Byron Center) tossed the final 1.1 innings, earning her second career save in the process.
How It Happened
Game One - Alma 5, at Saint Mary's (Ind.) 2
- Creed stepped in the batter's box in the top of the first inning with Chelsea Schweiger (St. Clair, Mich. / St. Clair) on first and launched her eighth home run of the season to left field to put the Scots up 2-0 early.
- The Belles tied the game in the bottom half of the inning on three infield singles and two walks; the ball never left the infield.
- The Terwilliger sisters led the offensive charge in the fifth inning to give Alma the lead again. Hadyn Terwilliger (Mount Pleasant, Mich. / Sacred Heart Academy) doubled home Schweiger who singled. After a walk to Kaylee Martin (North Branch, Mich. / North Branch), Riley hit a triple to right field to plate two more runs.
- Saint Mary's threatened in the sixth with the tying run at the plate and two outs. Crisenbery had allowed a single up the middle and hit a batter with a pitch before being relieved by Hamm, who earned the final out of the inning with a called strikeout.
Game Two - Saint Mary's (Ind.) 9, at Alma 7
- The Belles began the game with one run in the first. Alma responded with three runs in the bottom half. Cassidy Tucker (Coleman, Mich. / Coleman) and Schweiger both got on base and Creed knocked in Tucker with a single. Four batters later, Riley Terwilliger hit another triple, this time to right-center field, to score both Schweiger and Creed. The Scots added another run in the second inning when Claire Rumsey (Hesperia, Mich. / Hesperia) scored from third on a wild pitch.
- Saint Mary's manufactured four runs in the third inning to take a 5-4 lead. The Belles had five hits in the inning, all of them singles. They would tack on two runs in both the fourth and sixth innings, all of them with two outs, to go up 9-4 going into the bottom of the sixth.
- Alma came through in the seventh with three runs. Creed led off the inning with a home run, her second of the series. The next two Alma batters reached base and Madyson Piche () brought them home with a double to cut the deficit to 9-7. Three batters later, Tucker was up representing the winning run with two runners on base, but she grounded into a fielder's choice to end the game.
- McKenzie Creed is tied for the league lead with eight home runs. Her eight home runs are also now tied for the fourth-most home runs in a single season in Alma softball history, and her 17 career home runs are tied for third on the program's all-time list with Mary Brooks.
- Creed is second in the MIAA with 32 RBI. Kaylee Martin is fourth with 29.
- Chelsea Schweiger has the third-best batting average in the conference (.434).
- Freshman pitcher Amanda Efaw has the fifth-lowest ERA in the league at 2.79.
The Scots remain on the road for their final non-conference series of the regular season. They will travel to Manchester University (Ind.) on Tuesday (April 23) to face the Spartans for a doubleheader starting at 3:30 p.m.