SMC vs. Kalamazoo
Belles Defeat Hornets in Game One, Game Two Suspended
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Saint Mary's softball team defeated Kalamazoo in their MIAA opener by a 30-6 score in five innings on Saturday. The second game of the doubleheader was suspended in the top of the second inning due to rain and poor field conditions.
In the first game of the day, the Belles erupted for 30 runs on 20 hits in the five inning contest. The Belles were down 2-1 after one complete inning, but then scored nine runs in the top of the second inning and 14 runs in the top of the third inning to put the game out of reach for the Hornets.
In the top of the fourth inning with two outs, Hayley Bojorquez capped off a big offensive day with a grand slam over the left field fence. The home run is the junior's seventh of the season, tying the Saint Mary's school record for home runs in a season set by two other players.
Monica Palicki earned the win in the circle for the Belles as Saint Mary's snapped a four-game losing skid. The sophomore threw all five innings, allowing three earned runs, five hits, and striking out four.
Ten different players registered at least one hit for the Belles as Saint Mary's scored the most runs they ever have as a team in an MIAA contest. Leading the way were Bojorquez, Maureen Healy, and Kate Mitchell, as the three were perfect from the plate. Bojorquez was 2-for-2 with three walks, five runs scored, and six RBIs. Healy was 3-for-3 with three walks, a double, four RBIs, and 4 runs scored. Mitchell was 4-for-4 from the dish with four RBIs while scoring two runs. Symone Pompey and Jessica Centa both got hits in their pinch hitting opportunities for the Belles as well.
The second game of the doubleheader, which was suspended in the midst of the top of the second inning, is scheduled to be completed on Tuesday afternoon.