SMC vs. Alma
Belles Open With Dramatic Win, Fall in Game Two Against Scots
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The Saint Mary's earned a dramatic 4-3 win in nine innings in the opener against conference foe Alma before falling to the Scots 13-5 in game two.
The Scots, who were just a few votes away from being ranked in the NFCA Top 25, were able to get on the scoreboard first in the opening game with an unearned run in the top of the third inning. Saint Mary's took little time to even the score at 1-1 as the Belles notched the early equalizer in the bottom half of the third. With one out away, Ashley Peterson continued her big weekend as she belted her sixth home run of the season and the 18th of her career out of the field to tie things up.
Alma came right back in the top of the fourth inning with a two-out run to regain the lead at 2-1.
The bottom of the fifth inning looked a lot like the third inning for the Belles. Trailing by a run, Peterson once again stepped up to the plate with one out and drove yet another ball well beyond the fence to get Saint Mary's right back in the game. Her 19th career homer was also her seventh of the 2010 campaign, tying a single season home run record with teammate Hayley Bojorquez and two other players.
The Belles then took their first lead of the game in the bottom of the sixth inning. Morgan Bedan led off the sixth with a double off of the right-center field fence. Two batters later, Kate Mitchell had an infield single to put runners at on the corners. Lauren Enayati then put a 1-2 pitch into play, leading to an error by the Scots' defense that allowed Bedan to score easily from third as Saint Mary's went up 3-2.
Alma, however, did not go down without a fight of their own as they were able to push across the tying run in the top of the seventh to keep the game alive.
The Belles' defense stepped up in a big way in both the eighth and the ninth innings. Saint Mary's turned a 6-4-3 double play to end the top of the eighth and followed that up by forcing the Scots to strand the potential go-ahead run on third in the top of the ninth.
In the bottom half of the ninth, the Marian Catholic trio at the top of the order came through in a big way for Saint Mary's. Lauren Enayati started the Belles off with an infield single, and Maureen Healy followed up Enayati with a single of her own to left-center field. Ashley Peterson then stepped up to the plate and delivered the final blow to the Scots with a game-ending double to the left-center fence, allowing Enayati to score easily from second base with the winning run in a dramatic 4-3 win.
Monica Palicki earned her eighth win of the season, allowing just one earned run and walking two in the extra-inning contest.
In game two, the Scots claimed an early 1-0 advantage with a lead-off home run to right-center field. The Belles forced the Scots to end the first inning by stranding three runners on base with some tough defense to prevent Alma from a building a larger lead early.
Saint Mary's then came up in the top of the second inning and grabbed a 3-1 lead. Hayley Bojorquez started things off by getting hit by a pitch. Morgan Bedan then laced a line drive off of the top of the fence in center field, which came back into the field of play as Bedan made it to second for a double. Sara Montelongo followed up Bedan with a double of her own to center field, scoring Bojorquez to tie the game at 1-1. Two batters later, Kristen Nelson hit a hard grounder to second base and Bedan crossed home for the Belles' second run of the inning. Lauren Enayati added to the Saint Mary's lead by beating out an infield single, which allowed Montelongo to score from third.
The Scots, however, responded with five runs in the second inning, four runs in the third, and three runs in the fourth to take the momentum of the game and go up 13-3 after four complete.
Just as the Belles have done all season, Saint Mary's would not go down easily in the second game of the conference doubleheader. Peterson continued on her tear as she led off the top of the fifth with a single to center field. After Angela Gillis reached on a fielder's choice that got Peterson out at second, Hayley Bojorquez delivered a single through the left side of the Scots' defense to put runners at first and second. Sara Montelongo then hit a hard line drive to the Scots' shortstop, who then committed a throwing error in an effort to end the game on a double play. Gillis was able to score from second on the error to plate the Belles' fourth run of the game. Kate Mitchell then knocked a single over third base and down the left field line that scored Bojorquez from second base. The Belles' efforts to extend the game and keep the comeback alive fell short, however, and Saint Mary's fell by the 13-5 score.
Angela Gillis suffered the loss in the circle for the Belles while walking four and striking out one.
Peterson had her second-straight big day for the Belles as she went 5-for-8 from the plate with two home runs, two doubles, two runs scored, and three RBIs. The senior continues to raise the bar for several Saint Mary's school records and became the first player in school history to eclipse 200 career hits. Sara Montelongo, Kate Mitchell, and Morgan Bedan each collected three hits on the day to help pace the Belles. Montelongo and Bedan each had two doubles on the day.
Once again, the Belles (16-10, 5-1 MIAA) will have a quick turnaround for their next games as they host a non-league doubleheader tomorrow against Franklin. Game one is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m.