Over the weekend, the Brits opened their MIAA season with a doubleheader against the Kalamazoo College Hornets.
On Friday, March 25, the Brits hosted the Hornets, but a rough first inning for the Brits sealed their fate in the first game, dropping it 8-1. Kalamazoo’s Ryan Orr pitched a complete game with the only run coming from a home run by Bloomfield Hills, Mich., sophomore Jack Wyman. Clarkston, Mich., sophomore Steven Scott did not allow a run in relief and had four strikeouts. Valencia, Calif., junior Shane Lindemann had four hits for the Brits.
In the second game, the Brits played well for the first three innings. Kalamazoo added two runs in the fourth and sixth innings, as well as one in the seventh to win 8-5. Lindemann and Farmington Hills, Mich., sophomore Steven Marowski both had two hits.
At Kalamazoo on Saturday, March 26, the Brits played a long first game that spanned 12 innings, but the Brits would fall on the wrong end of the ball in a 7-6 loss. Albion had a number of chances to score but fell short, and Kalamazoo ended up taking advantage of a throwing error in the twelfth. Wyman threw well in relief to keep the Brits in the game for five innings.
In the fourth game, Kalamazoo was able to complete the sweep of the Brits with an 8-3 victory. While the Brits led 2-0 after Wyman’s two-RBI triple, Kalamazoo stormed back for eight runs in the fourth inning. Marowski also tacked on an RBI single late in the game.
Next up for the Brits is a date with Heidelberg University on Tuesday, March 29 here in Albion.
On Saturday, March 26, the Brits traveled to Rock Island, Ill., to face off against Augustana College in a non-league match. Augustana had a 7-2 lead at halftime, but Albion chipped away and held Augustana to only one goal in the second half. The Brits gained a 9-8 lead midway through the fourth quarter, and they were able to contain the Augustana offense for the rest of the game. East Lansing, Mich., junior Zach Hubbell scored five goals, four of which came in the second half, to help the Brits to a 10-8 victory.
Brighton, Mich., senior Dylan Neal scored two goals and had two assists, while Bowmanville, Ontario senior Cameron Braun also had two goals.
In his first collegiate start as a goalkeeper, Lake Orion, Mich., senior Brad Bogus collected 14 saves over the course of the game.
On Tuesday, April 5, the Brits will host Elmhurst College in a non-conference match.
The Brits traveled to Bloomington, Ill., on Saturday, March 26 for a match with Illinois Wesleyan University. While three Brits scored two goals apiece, it wouldn’t be enough to overcome a five-goal surge by Wesleyan.
The goal-scorers for Albion were Grosse Pointe, Mich., sophomore Cait Gaitley; Bloomfield, Mich., senior Kadie Koolwick and Howell, Mich., first-year Alex Radzville. Radzville and Koolwick scored the first two goals in the game. Gaitley scored her second goal with 8:12 to play in the second half, but the score would remain 8-6 until the final whistle.
The Brits ended with a 36-20 shot advantage over Wesleyan. Farmington Hills, Mich., senior Julie Wood had 11 shots on goal.
The Brits will begin their MIAA play against Olivet College at home on Wednesday, April 6.
On Saturday, March 26, the Brits traveled to Alma College to face off against the Scots who are ranked 16th this season. In game one, Northville, Mich., sophomore Kaitlyn Hotchkin had two hits but was stranded at third base in the second inning. Saint Clair Shores, Mich., senior Monica Brugnoni gave up seven hits and three walks, but the Scots were able to plate one run which proved to be the difference maker in Albion’s 1-0 loss.
In the second game, the Scots plated six runs in the fourth inning which helped them to a 7-0 win. Albion only had three hits in the game, including a double from Brugnoni and singles from Hotchkin and Ludington, Mich., junior Elena Luce.
Next up for the Brits is a home doubleheader with Siena Heights University on Monday, March 28.
Men’s Track and Field
In Defiance, Ohio, on Saturday, March 26, the Brits earned a runner-up finish at the Dick Small Invitational. Detroit, Mich., senior Justin Meredith sprinted his way to victories in the 100 and 200 meter sprints. Naples, Fla., first-year Richard Annorat won the high-jump and finished third in the 110-meter hurdles. Traverse City, Mich., first-year Jephte Jean-Claude finished second in the triple jump and third in the long jump.
The 4×400 relay, which featured Meredith; Ann Arbor, Mich., senior Nick Bertoia; Dreux, France senior Radouane Ziani and Warren, Mich., first-year Christopher Bratt, finished in third place. Bratt also achieved a runner-up finish in the 400-meter hurdles.
Albion will send athletes to Washington University (Mo.) and Alma College on Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2.
Women’s Track and Field
The Brits were also in Defiance, Ohio on Saturday, March 26, for the Dick Small Invitational. Dublin, Ohio, sophomore Leanne Wegley achieved a meet record in the 800 meters with a time of 2:21.26. Birmingham, Mich., first-year Tyra Thomas-Spratley also placed in the top four in the sprinting events with a third-place finish in the 100 and a fourth-place finish in the 200.
Along with Thomas-Spratley, the runner-up 4×100 relay team featured first-year Jalysa Bard; Pinckney, Mich., first-year Sydney O’Leary and Albion senior Rhiki Swinton. The relay team finished with a time of 51.87.
White Pigeon, Mich., senior Alyssa Wright finished fourth in the hammer throw with a season-best throw of 135’ 8”.
The Brits will be sending athletes to Washington University (Mo.) and Alma College on Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2.