By CHRIS ZADOROZNY, Sports Editor
Looking to break their losing streak, the University of Michigan-Dearborn softball team took on the Siena Heights Saints this past weekend in Adrian, MI.
They couldn’t do it in the doubleheader against the Saints, falling 10-8 in the first game. The Saints started the scoring going with three runs in the first off of junior Lindsay Colasinski. Fortunately, the Wolves were able to cut the lead down to two after freshman catcher, Mackenzie Trowbridge hit a double, down 3-1 after two innings.
The score remained that way until the top of the fifth inning when junior Michelle Hollister hit a homerun, as the Wolves were close and needed some good defense to get a shot to take the lead.
That didn’t happen in the bottom half of the fifth inning after the Saints scored five runs. With two on and two out, the Wolves implemented a pitching change, bringing in freshman Elizabeth Wolan.
She ended up getting out of a bases loaded jam to end the fifth, giving the Wolves some hope despite being down 8-2. In the top half of the sixth, Trowbridge knocked in freshman Nicole Page to cut the lead to 8-3.
Heading into the top of the seventh inning, the Wolves were down 8-3, and they decided to get their bats going. Junior Shanel Johnstone knocked in fellow junior Chelsea Pomaville to make it 8-4. Two more runs scored with Johnstone on base and Trowbridge got her fourth hit of the day to knock in another one to bring the deficit to just one, 8-7. Unfortunately, they couldn’t get another one and fell, 8-7 to the Saints.
In the second game of the doubleheader, the Wolves came out with some energy as freshman Erika Southworth took the mound hoping to lead the Wolves to their first victory since February.
Southworth only allowed one run in the first inning, and used that small deficit to their advantage.
The Wolves tied the game in the second inning with a single to centerfield by Hollister to score sophomore Brittany Webb.
In the top of the third inning, the Wolves took a 4-1 lead with a leadoff single by Johnstone, as two more batters would get on and sophomore Jessie Theume would triple in the runs.
The Saints cut the lead to just two after a solo homerun in the bottom of the third inning, but the Wolves re-took the three run lead in the top half of the fourth inning.
Siena Heights wasn’t going to give up that easily and they scored another run in the bottom half of the fourth inning to cut the lead to 5-3.
It looked like it was finally going to be a Wolves win after a spectacular double play in the top half of the fifth inning, and another run in the top half of the sixth, but the Saints kept on pushing and scored seven in the bottom half of the sixth inning to take a 10-6 lead.
In the seventh inning, the Wolves were able to load the bases after scoring two runs to cut the lead to just two, with two outs, with Taylor up to the plate. Unfortunately, she flied out and the game ended 10-8, and another Wolves loss.
This week they take on Madonna on Wednesday and Aquinas on Saturday at home to finish the season.