SMC vs. North Central
Belles Drop Pair to Cardinals
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The Saint Mary's softball team fell in a pair of non-conference contests to North Central College on Sunday by 9-5 and 14-2 (5 innings) scores.
The Belles took the early lead in the first game when Lauren Enayati scored on an infield single by Ashley Fusaro in the bottom of the first.
The Cardinals responded in the top of the second with four runs and another in the third to take a 5-1 lead. It was the Belles' turn to respond by scoring three runs in the bottom of the third inning to cut the Cardinal lead to 5-4. Lauren Enayati led off the inning with a single to left field. After Kristen Nelson reached base safely on an error by the Cardinals' third baseman, Ashley Peterson singled up the middle to bring home Enayati. Ashley Fusaro roped a double to the right center gap, scoring both Nelson and Peterson.
After a scoreless fourth inning, the Cardinals scored one run in each of the fifth and sixth innings and added two more runs in the top of the seventh to go up 9-4.
The Belles battled to come back in the bottom of the seventh. Enayati led off the inning with a double to the left center gap. Two batters later, Enayati scored the Belles' fifth run on a single up the middle by Peterson. The Belles would not get any closer as Saint Mary's fell 9-5 in game one.
Lauren Enayati and Ashley Peterson each went 3-for-4. Enayati score three times while Peterson drove in a pair and scored a run of her own.
In game two, the Cardinals came out of the gate to score nine runs over the first two innings of play. Hayley Bojorquez led off the bottom of the second inning with a double over the left fielder's head. After moving to third on a single by Kate Mitchell, Bojorquez scored the Belles' first run of the game on a sacrifice fly by Emily Treat.
The Belles added another run an inning later. This time, Ashley Peterson started things off with a hit (a single) and later scored on a fielder's choice by Treat.
Unfortunately for the Belles, that would be the only offense in game two as Saint Mary's dropped the nightcap 14-2 in five innings.
Peterson continued a strong day at the plate with a 2-for-2 performance and a run scored. Kate Mitchell also had a pair of hits for the Belles in the loss.
Monica Palicki suffered both losses on the day.
The Belles will conclude their season next Saturday, April 25 when they travel to Trine University for their final MIAA doubleheader of the year.