SMC vs. Franklin
Belles Tame Grizzlies
FRANKLIN, Ind. - The Saint Mary's College softball team took care of business in a non-conference doubleheader against Franklin College on Thursday.
The Belles outscored the Grizzlies 16-0 while allowing just five hits en route to the 13th and 14th wins of the season, winning 13-0 in five innings in the first game and 3-0 in the second game.
In game one, the Belles wasted little time getting on the scoreboard. Lauren Enayati led off the game by earning a walk. Maureen Healy then singled. After an error by the Grizzlies loaded the bases, Ashley Fusaro singled home Enayati for the first run of the game. Healy then scored on a passed ball to give the Belles the early 2-0 lead. After Hayley Bojorquez scored in the second inning to push the lead to three runs, the Belles' offense erupted for five runs in the top of both the fourth and fifth innings to put the game away.
Cathy Kurczak and Healy both had multi-hit games for the Belles. Kurczak went 2-for-3 in the win with two RBIs and two runs scored. Healy, meanwhile, went 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored and an RBI. Both added a stolen base in the win.
Monica Palicki threw a two-hit, five inning shut-out for her sixth win of the season in the circle.
In game two, the Belles jumped out to another 2-0 lead after the first inning when Enayati and Healy both scored in the top of the first. The Belles added their third run of the game in the third inning on consecutive singles by Sara Montelongo, Katie Rashid, and Kristen Nelson as Montelongo scored from second on Nelson's single to right center field.
Enayati and Healy both had a pair of hits, stole a base, and scored a run in the team's 14th win of the season. Healy also had an RBI for Saint Mary's.
Angela Gillis improved her record to 8-0 from the mound, scattering three hits while going the distance and picking up her fourth shut-out win.
The Belles (14-2) will open up conference play on Monday when they travel to Calvin College for a doubleheader beginning at 3:30 p.m.