OLIVET, Mich. – The Albion College softball team achieved its first victory over a Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association rival in three years and it nearly completed its first doubleheader sweep of a conference rival in five years.
Albion defeated Olivet College, 7-4, in the first game of its league doubleheader Wednesday, and the Britons seventh inning rally fell short in a 2-1 loss in game two.
Pitcher Brianna Charron (3-4) allowed an earned run and 10 hits in throwing her fourth complete game of the season. She received help from the defense that turned a pair of double plays.
Albion finally got to Olivet pitcher Gracie Boyle in the seventh inning. Charron and Suwarsky hit back-to-back singles to bring the winning run to the plate with no outs. Fairbanks drove in the run when she reached on a fielder's choice, scoring Charron.
Olivet scored a run in each of the first two innings and Boyle carried the Comets from there, limiting the Britons to one hit through six innings.
Albion (7-19 overall and 1-7 against MIAA rivals) will play its next two league doubleheaders on the road. The Britons begin to rack up the miles Saturday in a doubleheader at Trine University.
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