SMC vs. Goshen
Gillis Throws No-Hitter as Belles Tear Apart Maples Leafs
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The Saint Mary's College softball team returned home from their spring break trip and picked up right where they left off in the Sunshine State with a pair of wins over Goshen College on Tuesday.
In game one of the doubleheader, the Belles broke open a scoreless tie in the bottom of the fourth as Ashley Peterson and Ashley Fusaro led off with back-to-back doubles. Hayley Bojorquez used a single down the right field line to score Fusaro two batters after the senior catcher drove in Peterson on her double to right center field. Lauren Enayati hit a gapper that made its way to the fence in left center for a triple in the bottom of the fifth and then scored on a ground out by Maureen Healy.
The Belles added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth when Katie Rashid hit a two-out single up the middle to score Bojorquez. Fusaro and Enayati both were 2-for-3 in the win while also both scoring a run.
Monica Palicki went the distance in the circle for the Belles, pitching a complete game, three-hit shutout for her fifth win on the season.
It was all Saint Mary's in the second game of the doubleheader as the Belles hit through the line-up in the bottom of the first to jump out to a 5-0 lead after one complete inning. Ashley Peterson and Cathy Kurczak added to the lead with solo home runs in the bottom of the second and third, respectively, to push the Saint Mary's lead to 7-0. Kristen Nelson followed up Kurczak's round-tripper with a single and later scored on a wild pitch for the 8-0 lead after three innings.
The Belles then hit through the line-up in the fourth inning and added runs by Kate Mitchell, Emily Treat, and Kurczak to gain the 11-0 margin.
Peterson and Fusaro both went 2-for-2 in the game while Mitchell went 2-for-3 from the dish. Peterson scored a pair of runs and drove in two while stretching her current hitting streak to 12 games. Kurczak added three RBIs and scored twice in the Belles' 11th win of the season.
The offense was more than enough for Angela Gillis to work with from the mound. The freshman made quick work of the Maple Leafs by striking out seven and not allowing a single hit for her first collegiate no-hitter.
The Belles, now 11-1 on the season, are scheduled to return to action tomorrow as they host Manchester College for a doubleheader beginning at 3:30 p.m.