This past weekend, the Brits’ baseball team squared off against Alma College in their second MIAA series of the season. In the first two games on Friday, April 1, the team traveled to Alma College for the first two games of the series, and they hoped to earn their first conference win. However, a strong start for the Scots was what Alma needed, and they were able to take the first game from the Brits, 5-4. Lake Orion, Mich., junior Zach Maresh pitched 4.2 scoreless innings of relief and also struck out eight.
In game two, the Brits came out and took an early 2-0 lead on a single by Valencia, Calif., senior Michael Fischbach and a double by Okemos, Mich., senior Spencer Bonofiglio. The Scots came back to tie the game in the third, but they broke it open in the fourth inning with five runs. The Brits could not overcome the deficit and suffered a 11-2 loss.
At the Frank Joranko field in Albion, the Brits hosted the Scots on Sunday, April 3, a day that originally saw the field covered with snow. However, the skies opened up and the snow cleared from the field for play. In game one at Albion, the Brits were down 3-0 but came back to make it a 3-2 game in the ninth. However, with the tying run on base, the Brits couldn’t score and took a tough 3-2 loss. Holly, Mich., junior Mitch Lasceski and Bloomfield Hills, Mich., sophomore Jack Wyman both had two hits for the Brits.
In the last game of the series, the Scots once again made an early push to take a 4-0 lead in the first inning. The Scots scattered three more runs over the rest of the game, and Albion was only able to muster four runs in a 7-4 loss. Fischbach; Valencia, Calif., junior Shane Lindemann and Farmington Hills, Mich., sophomore Steven Marowski collected two hits in the game.
Next up for the Brits is a doubleheader in Albion against Olivet College on Saturday, April 9.
On Sunday, April 3, the Brits hosted Kalamazoo College for a doubleheader in MIAA action. In the first game, Kalamazoo scored all eight of their runs in the first four innings, and the Brits were only able to plate one run in an 8-1 loss. Saint Clair Shores, Mich., senior Monica Brugnoni singled home Ludington, Mich., junior Elena Luce, who walked earlier in the fourth.
The second game wouldn’t fair much better for the Brits. Kalamazoo scored four in the second and three in the sixth, while Albion was shut out and took a tough 7-0 loss. Two of Albion’s three hits came from Saline, Mich., junior Julia Anderson. Livonia, Mich., junior Alice Garvin had the other hit.
On deck for the Brits is a doubleheader with Adrian College on Saturday, April 9.
In Grand Rapids, the men’s tennis team traveled to take on MIAA rival Calvin College on Saturday, April 2. The only win from the Brits came from Fremont, Ohio, first-year Robert Joerg, who produced a singles match tiebreaker victory. That was the highlight of the day as the Brits took an 8-1 loss.
The closest chance Albion had to another victory was a doubles match with Highland, Mich., senior Ross Kynast and Grand Blanc, Mich., junior Zach McKenzie. The duo lost the match 8-6.
On Saturday, April 9, the Brits will host MIAA rival Adrian College.