SMC vs. Olivet
Belles Soar Past Comets for Sweep
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The Saint Mary's College softball team had an explosive day at the plate as the Belles hit four home runs in a pair of 3-1 and 7-0 MIAA wins over Olivet College on Wednesday.
The Belles got the scoring started in the first game in the bottom of the first inning. Lauren Enayati led off with a single through the left side of the infield to get things going. After Maureen Healy sacrifice bunted Enayati to second, Ashley Peterson laced a single between the first and second basemen to put runners at the corners with one away. Ashley Fusaro followed Peterson with a deep sacrifice fly to left field to plate the game's first run.
The defense put on a clinic in the second, third, and fourth innings for the Belles. In each of those innings, the Belles turned a double play to keep the offense at bay for the Comets and leave momentum on the Saint Mary's side.
After an inning-ending double play in the fourth, Kristen Nelson led off the bottom half of the inning with her first career home run to put the Belles up 2-0 after four complete. The Comets responded with four consecutive hits in the top of the fifth to cut the Saint Mary's lead to one run.
An inning later, Katie Rashid followed Nelson's lead with a lead off home run of her own to straight away center field for her sixth career round-trip hit as the Belles took the 3-1 win.
Monica Palicki went the distance on the mound for the Belles to earn her eighth win of the season.
Rashid and Nelson both went 2-for-3 with a single, a home run, an RBI, and a run scored in the win.
In the nightcap, the Belles' bats were too much to handle for the Comets in the first two innings. Maureen Healy hit a one-out double in the top of the first inning to start the first rally of the game for the Belles. Ashley Peterson then came up and drove a two-run home run well over the center field fence to put Saint Mary's up 2-0 early. Ashley Fusaro followed that up with a single to left and later scored from second on an RBI single by Kate Mitchell to put the Belles up 3-0.
The offense continued to turn it on in the second inning for Saint Mary's. Cathy Kurczak started things in the second with a bunt single. Two batters later, Healy picked up her second single of the game to put runners at the corners for Peterson. The junior had a repeat performance of her first at bat of the game with another towering home run to center field to give the Belles a 6-0 lead after an inning and a half.
The game settled down and remained scoreless until the top of the seventh inning. Emily Treat led off the seventh with a pinch hit double to the right center gap. The sophomore then advanced to third on a ground out by Healy to be in prime scoring position. Peterson then added her third hit of the game, a single through the right side of the Olivet defense, to score Treat and pick up her sixth RBI of the game as the Belles took the 7-0 win.
Angela Gillis had more than enough run support to push her record to 10-0 on the season in the circle. The freshman threw a four hit shutout as the Comets were only able to get one runner to second base in the entire contest.
Peterson was the offensive star of the game, going 3-for-4 with two home runs, six RBIs, and two runs scored. Healy and Fusaro each went 2-for-4 at the plate in the win as Healy scored a pair of runs and Fusaro scored once.
The Belles (18-2, 4-0 MIAA) will travel to conference rival Alma College on Saturday for an MIAA doubleheader beginning at 2:00 p.m.