Though the Albion College softball team had a shaky start to the season, things seem to be turning around.
After compiling a 3-10 record over a week of spring break doubleheaders, the Britons have gone 3-3 since returning to Albion. In yesterday’s doubleheader road sweep of Rochester College, Albion won by scores of 6-0 and 8-4. The sweep improved Albion’s record to 6-13 on the season.
Several individuals have stood out for the Britons during the early part of the season. Among pitchers, Erin Giannotta, St. Clair Shores senior, has put together an ERA of 1.60 and a 5-5 record. Gianotta pitched complete games in both halves of the Rochester doubleheader, including a shutout in the first game. Gianotta struck out eight batters over the two games.
Giannotta said she hopes the team can keep up the momentum since spring break throughout the season, but understands that there is work to do.
“After getting back from Florida we were able to see some of the areas that needed work,” Giannotta said. “Now we are focusing on consistent hitting and mental toughness.”
The Rochester series also produced highlights from Samantha Kolling, Monclova, Ohio senior, who hit a home run in both games. Kolling also hit a double in the seventh inning of the second game, scoring two runs to achieve the Britons final run total. Kolling now has a .315 batting average for the season.
The Britons have three more doubleheaders before the beginning of the MIAA season, beginning at Concordia University in Ann Arbor this Friday. If the Britons continue winning, they could climb back to a .500 record early in the conference season. Giannotta seemed optimistic about their chances.
“We have some really talented girls on this team,” Gianotta said. “Our potential is through the roof.”