SMC vs. Franklin

Bojorquez Sets Record, Belles Fall to Grizzlies

Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The Saint Mary's softball team had a tough time in a non-conference doubleheader against Franklin College on Sunday afternoon.

In the first game of the day, the visiting Grizzlies used a lead off triple followed by a double to plate the game's first run.  Two batters later, another run crossed home on a fielder's choice as Franklin lead 2-0 after the first half of an inning.

The Belles responded right away in the bottom half of the first inning.  Lauren Enayati reached on an infield single and then moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Maureen Healy.  Angela Gillis followed Healy up by delivering a single down the left field line to put runners at the corners.  Hayley Bojorquez then stepped up to the plate and crushed a home run off of the scoreboard in left field to give Saint Mary's the 3-2 lead.  The home run was the eighth of the season for Bojorquez, who now holds the school record for home runs in a season.

After two scoreless innings, Franklin broke through for three runs in the top of the fourth and a run in the fifth to go up 6-3.

The Belles would be unable to push a runner past second over the final innings of the game as Saint Mary's fell by the 6-3 final.

Monica Palicki shouldered the loss in the circle for the Belles while walking two and striking out one.  Maureen Healy and Angela Gillis each collected a pair of hits in the opener while Bojorquez dove in all three runs for the Belles.

Game two started similarly to game one in that the Grizzlies plated a pair of runs in their first at-bats while the Belles came back with three in the bottom half of the first.  Lauren Enayati got the Belles going with another single to start off the Saint Mary's at-bats, who later scored on a ground out by Angela Gillis.  

With two away in the first, Hayley Bojorquez then drew a walk in a strong plate appearance to keep the inning alive.  Morgan Bedan then laced a line drive just beyond the Franklin right fielder for a two-out double that scored Bojorquez.  Sara Montelongo then dropped a single just into the grass of center field, which plated Bedan from second to put Saint Mary's up 3-2.

The Grizzlies came back in the top of the second to score six total runs, five of which were unearned, to regain the lead 8-3.  Saint Mary's responded with a run in the bottom half of the second to make it an 8-4 game.  Kristen Nelson earned a lead-off walk and then moved all the way over to third on a throwing error by the Grizzlies' catcher on a pick-off attempt.  Two batters later, Maureen Healy sent a deep sacrifice fly to left field that allowed Nelson to score from third.

After Franklin scored another run in the top of the third, Saint Mary's responded again with a run in the bottom half of the frame.  Emily Sherwood hit a double to the left-center gap and advanced to third on the throw back into the infield to lead off the bottom of the third.  She then scored on a ground out to the Grizzlies' second baseman as Kate Mitchell picked up the RBI.

The Belles held the Grizzlies at bay in the top of the fourth and chipped away at the lead in the bottom of the inning with a pair of runs.  With one out away in the fourth, Hayley Bojorquez dropped a single into left-center field, and Morgan Bedan followed up the junior with a walk.  After the pair moved into scoring position, Sara Montelongo drove a single into left-center field, which allowed both runners to score as the Belles edged within 10-7 of Franklin.

The visiting Grizzlies, however, added a run in the top of the fifth and eight runs in the top of the six to take all of the momentum away from the Belles.  Saint Mary's would not be able to stage the comeback as they dropped the second game by the 18-7 margin in six innings.

Angela Gillis suffered the loss in game two for the Belles.

Lauren Enayati , Hayley Bojorquez, Sara Montelongo, and Emily Sherwood each notched two hits in the game.  Montelongo led the team with three RBIs while Bojorquez scored twice.  Morgan Bedan, meanwhile, extended her current hitting streak to 11 consecutive games with at least one hit.  Montelongo and Bojorquez also extended their current hitting streaks to nine.

The Belles (16-10, 5-1 MIAA) will get a break after playing three consecutive doubleheaders this weekend as they will not play again until Thursday when they host MIAA foe Adrian at 3:30 p.m.