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Grubb shines at Olivet

Ashlynn Grubb’s collegiate softball career is off to a fine start.

The freshman from Lakeland High School is a top pitcher and hitter for the Olivet College Comets. Olivet is located in Olivet, Michigan and competes in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA).

On Wednesday, Grubb tossed both ends of a doubleheader against Calvin College (Michigan). In the opener, Grubb scattered six hits, fanned five and drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning as the Comets nipped Calvin, 4-3.

The nightcap went to Calvin by a score of 5-4. Grubb allowed two earned runs and five hits, while striking out three. She went 3-4 at the plate and scored a run.

Grubb has pitched in 13 of Olivet’s 23 games this season, posting a 7-6 record with an ERA of 1.46. In 91 innings, the right-hander has struckout 100 batters and walked 18. Opposing teams are hitting .205 off of the former Lady Laker star.

Three of Grubb’s pitching victories have been shutouts, including an 8-0 no-hitter over North Park (Illinois) back on March 12. Grubb allowed one hit and fanned 13 in a 6-0 win over Kenyon (Ohio) on March 10. A day earlier in a 6-0 victory over Wooster (Ohio), Grubb whiffed 17 and allowed just two safeties.

One of Grubb’s six losses came in 11 innings against Stevens Institute (New Jersey) in which she struckout 18.

Grubb has appeared at the plate in each of Olivet’s 23 games and currently ranks second on the squad in both batting average (.385) and slugging percentage (.508). She has a home run and five doubles among her 25 base knocks, has driven home 16 runs and scored 16 times.

Olivet, now 15-8 on the campaign, hosts St. Mary’s (Indiana) this Saturday, Albion (Michigan) Tuesday and Adrian (Michigan) Thursday. The Comets’ next road trip will take them to Manchester College (Indiana) on Saturday, April 19. The first game is slated to start at 1 p.m.