Alma, Mich. - The Alma College softball team swept Albion College on Friday (April 26) afternoon, 7-5 and 15-4 in five innings, to end the season. McKenzie Creed (Edwardsburg, Mich. / Edwardsburg) hit her tenth home run of the season, moving her further up the all-time list, and Hadyn Terwilliger (Mount Pleasant, Mich. / Sacred Heart Academy) hit three home runs in game two, the first time that feat has ever been accomplished in Alma College history.
Alma (20-16, 7-9 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association) was propelled to the two wins by one huge inning in each game. The Scots scored seven runs in the sixth inning of game one and nine in the fifth inning of game two.
The program's four-member senior class — Creed, Riley Terwilliger (Mount Pleasant, Mich. / Sacred Heart Academy), Chelsea Schweiger (St. Clair, Mich. / St. Clair) and Morgan Trout (Otisville, Mich. / Lakeville) — was honored prior to the game.
How It Happened
Game One - at Alma 7, Albion 5
- Albion's (8-32, 1-15 MIAA) Skyler Herman began the series with a three-run home run in the second inning to take a 3-0 lead.
- The Scots loaded the bases with no outs in the third inning, but followed with two pop outs and a strikeout. Alma only managed three hits in the first five innings.
- Madyson Piche (Sault Sainte Marie, Mich. / Sault Area) nearly missed a home run in the fourth inning, instead settling for double off the left-centerfield wall.
- In the top of the fifth, Alma loaded the bases with no outs and walked in two runs to increase its deficit to five. After a strikeout sandwiched the runs, Haley Ullrich (Elk River, Minn. / Elk River) got the final two outs by groundouts.
- The Terwilliger sisters started Alma's sixth-inning rally with a pair of singles, setting up Hannah Falejczyk's (Manhattan, Ill. / Providence Catholic) pinch-hit two-RBI double to the right-center field gap, plating both runners. Becca Spenner (Berrien Center, Mich. / Lakeshore) followed with a moonshot to left field that fell just beyond the glove of the left fielder, scoring Hannah Cambe (Demotte, Ind. / Kankakee Valley) from second. A sacrifice fly from Cassidy Tucker (Coleman, Mich. / Coleman) brought home Piche. Schweiger followed with a blooper to left field to score Spenner and tie the game at five. Creed ended the run with a two-run blast to left field to put Alma up for good, 7-5.
- Albion threatened in the top of the seventh with two runners in scoring position, but Ullrich got the last batter to ground out right back to her on one pitch.
Game Two - Alma 15, at Albion 4 (5 innings)
- Terwilliger got out to a quick start early with the first of her three home runs, a three-run shot in the first inning.
- Schweiger scored Trout from third on a bloop single to left field to extend Alma's lead to four. Albion got the run back on an infield single in the bottom half of the inning.
- Terwilliger hit her second home run, a solo shot, to lead off the third. Albion answered with two runs in the bottom half on a double by Grace Connolly.
- Terwilliger went deep again in the fifth, again from the leadoff spot. Piche followed with her second home run of the year, a two-run shot after Riley Terwilliger got on base with a single. That was the beginning of a nine-run inning for the Scots; they picked up one run on a groundout and another on a sacrifice fly before Riley Terwilliger hit a two-RBI triple and Piche doubled her home for Alma's ninth run. Jazmine Hamm (Byron Center, Mich. / Byron Center) sat the Britons down in order in the bottom half of the fifth to end the game.
- The Scots had their best hitting season in program history. They finished the year with the highest batting average (.357) and slugging percentage (.537) and the second-highest on-base percentage (.421) of any Alma College softball team ever. Alma also hit 79 doubles, more than any other year. 27 home runs, third on the program's all-time list.
- McKenzie Creed has 10 home runs on the season, tied for the most in program history. Her 19 career home runs put her in sole possession of second place, three behind Missy Morcom.
- Hadyn Terwilliger's eight home runs are the most by a freshman in program history. The previous best was Emily Ross's five in 2009.
- Creed and Terwilliger combined for 18 home runs on the year, beating the duo of Erin Carson and Lindsay Powers who totaled 16 in 2004.
- Chelsea Schweiger ends the year with a .431 batting average, 13th-best in program history. Her .496 on-base percentage is also 13th-best all time.
- Creed posted a .730 slugging percentage, the second-best in program history behind only Mary Brooks' .738 in 2018. Riley Terwilliger slugged .682 — fourth-best all time— and Hadyn Terwilliger slugged .658 — seventh-best all time.