SMC vs. Goshen
Belles Split with Maple Leafs
GOSHEN, Ind. - The Saint Mary's softball team earned a 4-2 win in game one and fell by a 5-3 score in game two of a doubleheader against Goshen College on Tuesday afternoon.
The Belles wasted little time in the first game to get on the scoreboard. Lauren Enayati led off the game with a single down the left field line, and Maureen Healy executed a sacrifice bunt to get the sophomore into scoring position. Ashley Peterson then delivered from the dish with a double to left center field to plate Enayati for the game's first run.
After a quick 1-2-3 bottom of the first and top of the second, the host Maple Leafs picked up a pair of unearned runs to take the 2-1 lead after two complete innings of play.
The game remained 2-1 in favor of Goshen until the top of the fifth inning. With one away in the frame, the Belles had three straight singles from Sara Montelongo, Kate Mitchell, and Kristen Nelson to load the bases. After a fielder's choice got Montelongo out at home, Maureen Healy came through with a two out single up the middle to plate Mitchell and Nelson, giving the lead back to the Belles.
The Belles added an insurance run in the top of the seventh inning after Sara Montelongo doubled to lead off the inning and scored two batters later when Kristen Nelson hit a single into right field.
Monica Palicki closed out her complete game win by striking out the side while facing only four batters in the bottom of the seventh. Palicki had seven strike outs, walked one, and did not give up an earned run in her fourth pitching win of the season. Healy, Montelongo, and Nelson each went 2-for-3 in the game to help pace the offense. Healy picked up a pair of RBIs while Montelongo had an RBI and a run scored.
In the nightcap, the game was scoreless until the bottom of the fourth inning when the Maple Leafs followed up a triple with a single to plate the first run of the contest. The Belles responded right back in the top of the fifth with a run of their own. Ashley Peterson hit a two-out fielder's choice to the shortstop, and the Goshen middle infielder's throw went off of Kate Mitchell's helmet as she was sliding into third, ricocheted to the fence, and Mitchell scored to knot the game at 1-1.
Goshen plated three runs in the bottom of the inning to regain the lead. Saint Mary's was able to score two runs with two outs in the top of the sixth. With the bases loaded and two outs, Lauren Enayati hit a come-back grounder to the pitcher, but the Maple Leafs' hurler over-threw with first baseman, allowing Sara Montelongo and Hayley Bojorquez both to score and cut Goshen's lead to 4-3. Goshen, however, was able to add a run in the bottom of the sixth. The Belles stranded a pair of runners in the top of the seventh as the Maple Leafs held on for the 5-3 win. Saint Mary's left 10 runners on base in the loss.
Angela Gillis suffered the loss on the mound, throwing six complete innings and walking two while giving up three earned runs. Ashley Peterson led the Belles at bat with a 3-for-4 performance and an RBI in game two.
Saint Mary's (7-5) will next travel to North Manchester, Indiana, for a doubleheader against Manchester College on Saturday, March 20 beginning at 1:00 p.m.