GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Calvin softball team stands in first place in the MIAA with a pair of victories over Adrian on Friday. The Knights improve to 15-2 on the year with a sweep on the Bulldogs. Calvin only needed five innings to beat the Bulldogs 8-0 in game one and took game two, 7-0. Adrian falls to 8-10 in 2018.
"We had another nice day at the plate offensively," said head coach Becky Hilgert. "It is nice to score early to give our defense a boost. Our defense made some big plays in both games in key moments to keep the momentum in our favor."
Freshman Grace Stock (Vicksburg, Mich./Vicksburg) started the scoring in the first inning on a triple into the gap in right-center field to score senior Jessica Brasser (Rockford, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian). Sophomore Anna Gernant (West Des Moines, Iowa/Valley) then singled down the left-field line to score Stock.
Abby Colon cleared the bases in the second inning/ Colon hit a double that scored junior Maddie DeGroot (Hudsonville, Mich./Unity Christian), junior Rachel Borden (Edwardsburg, Mich./Edwardsburg) and Grace Stock.
Senior Kaley Frank (Edwardsburg, Mich./Edwardsburg) then singled up the middle of the infield to score Colon.
Anna Gernant tallied nine strikeouts in the victory. Gernant also threw her first no-hitter of the season on Friday and the third of her career.
Kayla Groen led the game with three hits.
The Calvin defense stood firm in game two and got out of a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the sixth inning. Sophomore Bri Noorman (Jenison, Mich./Covenant Christian) blasted a laser from left field to throw out Lenington at the plate. Freshman Ellie Borst (Hudsonville, Mich./Unity Christian) then struck out the next two batters.
Borst notched four strikeouts in her seventh victory of the year.
The Knights return to action on Tuesday in a battle of first-place teams in the MIAA. The Maroon and Gold travel to Indiana for a battle with the Belles of Saint Mary's College.