SMC vs. Kalamazoo
Belles Complete Sweep of Hornets
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - Three days after the start of both teams' MIAA-opening doubleheader of the season, Saint Mary's completed the sweep of Kalamazoo by a 23-5 score in game two of the twinbill on Tuesday afternoon.
The game had been suspended in the top of the second inning with Saint Mary's leading 8-3 as Kalamazoo had a runner on first and one out away in the frame.
Kalamazoo started off the resumed game with a two-out, two-run home run to right center field to cut the Belles' lead to 8-5 after one and a half complete innings of play.
The Belles, however, picked up right where they had left off on Saturday as they responded with nine runs in the bottom of the second on four hits and eight walks. Saint Mary's then added a run in the bottom of the third and five runs in the bottom of the fourth to put the game well out of reach of the Hornets.
The offensive output was more than enough for Angela Gillis down the stretch as the sophomore only gave up two singles over the final three innings of the game as she picked up her seventh victory of the season.
Gillis helped herself out with a strong showing at the plate as she went 3-for-3 with three runs scored, two RBIs, a sacrifice fly, and a walk. Kate Mitchell had her second straight game of going perfect from the plate as she was 2-for-2 with a walk, three RBIs, and a pair of runs. The sophomore was 6-for-6 combined in the two games against the Hornets with seven runs batted in and four runs scored.
Maureen Healy, Ashley Peterson, and Hayley Bojorquez each went 2-for-3 in the second game of the doubleheader as the 2-3-4-5 hitters in the line up combined to go 9-for-12 in the game. Healy walked twice, scored twice, and drove in three runs. Peterson also walked twice while scoring three runs and driving in a run. Bojorquez scored two runs and had three RBIs while also walking once in the win. Monica Palicki, meanwhile, had a hit, an RBI, and scored a run in a pinch hit appearance for Saint Mary's.
The Belles (13-9, 2-0 MIAA) are slated to take on MIAA opponent Albion on the road tomorrow afternoon for a conference doubleheader. The first pitch is slated to take place at 3:30 p.m. at Dempsey Field.