ALBION, Mich. – Competition is one of the foundational principles upon which Head Coach Leigh Ann LaFave will build the Albion College softball program.
And the Britons competed until the final out of their final doubleheader of the season Wednesday as they rallied from a 5-0 deficit to defeat Concordia University 6-5 in the opening game of the non-league doubleheader. Albion also scored four times in the final inning of a 15-6 setback in game two.
Pitcher Monica Brugnoni shut the door on Concordia from there, retiring the final nine batters in order. In fact, the Cardinals never hit the ball out of the infield the last three innings. Brugnoni finished with three strikeouts.
Hotchkin's two out single in the sixth drove in Alice Garvin with the game winning run.
Jones and Hotchkin hit RBI singles as Albion scored twice in the third to cut the deficit to 4-2. Concordia responded by scoring 11 times in the fourth.
Albion did not go down quietly as Erica Wagner hit a two-run single and Brugnoni added a two-run double in the fifth.