SPRING ARBOR, Mich. –  Grace’s softball team was unable to pick up a win in its final road trip of the season.

The Lady Lancers lost 8-1 and 7-4 at Spring Arbor on Friday.

Grace’s season will end on Saturday. The Lady Lancers will host No. 12 Marian for a 1 p.m. doubleheader at Coach Phil Dick Field. Saturday will also be Senior Day to honor Grace’s graduating class of Taylor Fonseca, Madison Howard, Dori Knight and Britney Young.

In the opener, Grace and SAU seemed destined for a pitchers’ duel. The Cougars held a slight 1-0 lead after three innings.

In the top of the fourth, Grace tied the game. Britney Young singled and eventually scored thanks to an RBI single from Ashley Beckler.

The tie was short-lived, however. The Cougars responded with five runs in the bottom of the fourth, benefitting from an error by Grace.

SAU tacked on two more runs in the sixth for the final margin of victory.

Beckler was 1 for 3 with an RBI, and Young, Carly Ruiz and Madison Bremer all had a hit.

All the scoring in game two occurred in the first four innings. The Cougars maintained their momentum by claiming an early 5-0 lead.

Grace jumped to life in the top of the fourth. The Lady Lancers quickly loaded the bases with one out, and Elena Rolley put Grace on the scoreboard with an RBI single. Cassandra Hayes and Carly Ruiz later had two consecutive two-out RBI singles, slicing the Cougars’ lead down to 5-4.

But just like SAU did in the opener, the Cougars had an immediate response. SAU scored twice in the bottom of the fourth to gain a 7-4 cushion.

Grace had a baserunner in the fifth inning (double from Young) and the seventh inning (single from Jaden Cardoso), but the Lady Lancers were unable to score either runner to end the game.

Young finished 2 for 3 with a run scored, and Ruiz was 1 for 1 with two RBIs. Rolley had 1 hit, 1 run and 1 RBI, Beckler had a hit and a run, and Jessica Kaurich walked and scored.

Knight struck out four batters in six innings without a walk from the mound.