SMC vs. Albion
Peterson Smashes Records as Belles Sweep Brits
ALBION, Mich. - Ashley Peterson did a lot of record book rewriting on Friday night as the Saint Mary's softball team swept a conference doubleheader at Albion by 13-12 and 10-2 scores.
In the course of the two games, Peterson established new Saint Mary's records for career home runs and career hits, doing both in dramatic fashion.
Game one was a nail-biter of a contest for all following the game. The Belles were able to take a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning when Morgan Bedan scored on a single by Kate Mitchell. Albion responded with a run in the bottom half of the inning to knot things at 1-1.
Saint Mary's then plated a pair of runs in both the third and fourth innings to go up 5-1. Sara Montelongo laced a triple to center field to plate Hayley Bojorquez and Bedan in the third. Ashley Peterson doubled to score Lauren Enayati then scored a run of her own on a single by Bojorquez for the four-run lead.
The Brits tallied four runs of their own in the bottom half of the fourth to tie the game at 5-5.
Kristen Nelson and Enayati led off the fifth with back-to-back singles, and Maureen Healy walked to load the bases for Peterson. The senior outfielder singled to center field to plate a pair of runs for Saint Mary's. Angela Gillis followed that up with a single of her own to score two more for the Belles and give Saint Mary's the 9-5 advantage.
The Brits made things interesting by scoring seven runs combined in the fifth and sixth inning to go up 12-9 as Saint Mary's headed to their last at-bats of the game. The Belles refused to go down without a fight, as they have demonstrated all season. Enayati started the rally off with a lead-off single. Two batters later, Peterson put a big breath of life into the Belles as she picked up her fourth hit of the game in a big way as she drove the ball over the right field fence. The home run also gave her the school's all-time hit record with her 193rd hit of her career.
Still facing a 12-11 deficit, Angela Gillis reached on an error by the Briton defense to keep the rally going. Bojorquez followed up Gillis with her third hit of the game. Pinch runner Emily Sherwood and Bojorquez then scored on a single down the left field line by Bedan to score the tying and go-ahead runs of the game.
In the bottom of the seventh, Gillis came on to pitch for the Belles to close out the game. After a lead-off walk and a sacrifice bunt to get the tying run into scoring position, Gillis picked up the save by striking out back-to-back batters to end the game. Monica Palicki earned the win in the circle for the Belles while striking out a pair of her own.
In the nightcap, Peterson picked up right where she left off as she followed up Maureen Healy with her second home run of the day and her 16th career homer to tie the Saint Mary's record. Hayley Bojorquez and Morgan Bedan each singled later in the inning and scored on an error by the Brits.
The Belles would strike again in the bottom of the fifth. Enayati started things off with a triple and scored easily when Peterson collected the 50th double of her career to give Saint Mary's a 5-0 advantage, which is the first time in the history of the program a player has collected 50 doubles.
Albion scored two runs in the top of the sixth inning to cut the lead to 5-2 in favor of the Belles.
Bedan led off the bottom of the sixth with a single, and Montelongo followed her up with a double. Kate Mitchell then hit a sacrifice fly to plate Bedan for the Belles' sixth run. After Kristen Nelson singled and Enayati reached on a fielder's choice, Maureen Healy drove in the team's seventh run of the game with a single. Peterson then capped off a huge day with her 17th career home run to put the Belles up 10-2 and end the game in the sixth inning.
Angela Gillis picked up her eighth win of the season by scattering six hits in six innings and striking out one while walking none.
On the day, Peterson went 7-for-9 with three home runs, three doubles, five runs scored, and 11 RBIs. Morgan Bedan, Kristen Nelson, Hayley Bojorquez, and Lauren Enayati each added four hits in the two games for the Belles.
The Belles (15-9, 4-0 MIAA) will have a quick turnaround for their next league doubleheader as they host Alma tomorrow, April 10, at 2:00 p.m. in their first home twinbill of the season.