WILLIAMSBURG, Ky.- The Lawrence Technological (Mich.) University softball team opened its 2019 season at the UC/Union Classic with two victories on Friday, March 1. They won the opening game over Union (Ky.) College, 8-2, and took the second game of the day, 1-0, over the University of the Cumberlands (Ky.).
In the second game, Lawrence Tech (2-0) and Cumberlands (4-5) were in a pitchers' duel as both teams combined on 15 runners left on base. Brittney Bult (JR/Brampton, Ontario) threw a gem allowing no runs and two hits with six strike outs. She faced 23 batters and walked just one.
Over the first four innings, Bult allowed only one hit and stranded a runner on base. Paige Parker of the Cumberlands almost equaled Bult as she allowed two hits and left three runners on base. It was at the top of the fifth inning that Wieland came around to score on a single by Gina Barber (SO/Canton, Mich.). Bult shut down the Patriots over the final two innings to hold on to a 1-0 win.
In the first game, Alexa Cherney (JR/Farmington Hills, Mich. ) started in the circle and pitched six innings in which she struck out 11 of 20 batters she faced. Cherney allowed two runs off three hits with four walks. This is the 10th time Cherney has struck out more than 10 batters in a game. Sydney Schultz (JR/Commerce Twp, Mich.) pitched for one inning and struck out two of the three batters she faced. Schultz allowed no runs and no hits.
Meredith Adams (JR/Portage, Mich. ) led the Blue Devils with two runs, while Kennedy Emmons (FR/Byron Center, Mich.) drove in three runners. Sarah Hige(FR/Northville, Mich.), Bult, Andra Malburg (SO/Maineville, Ohio), Bailey Brown (JR/Mt. Pleasant, Mich.), Emmons, and Wieland finished with a run each. Alex Amos (JR/Corona, Calif.) paced the squad on the defensive end, registering 13 putouts behind the plate.
Lawrence Tech took an early lead, scoring three runs in the top of the first inning. In the sixth inning, the Blue Devils increased their lead to 6-0. Union (5-7) cut the deficit to four in the bottom of the inning. However, LTU reclaimed its six-run advantage in the seventh inning with Emmons' first career home run, in which she drove in Malburg and scored a run herself.
The Blue Devils will be back on the field on Saturday, March 2 at 11 a.m. when they face off with West Virginia Institute of Technology and at 4 p.m. against Cumberlands for the second time in this tournament.