SMC vs. North Park
Belles Go Deep in Twinbill Sweep
CHICAGO, Ill. - The Belles got home runs in the first inning of each game as Saint Mary's swept a non-conference doubleheader at North Park (Ill.) University on Sunday.
In the opener, Morgan Bedan hit a three-run, two-out home run in the first inning to help the Belles spot four runs against the Vikings. North Park was able to knot up the score at 4-4 after three complete innings of play. Saint Mary's responded right away in the top of the fourth. With two away, Lauren Enayati singled to right field to bring up Maureen Healy. The senior shortstop connected with her first career home run to give the Belles a 6-4 advantage.
After the Vikings tied the game at 6-6, Saint Mary's regained the lead for good in the top of the seventh inning. The Belles strung together six singles in the frame by Angela Gillis, Hayley Bojorquez, Bedan, Sara Montelongo, Kate Mitchell, and Enayati and Kristen Nelson added a sacrifice fly to help Saint Mary's plate three runs.
The Vikings threatened in the bottom of the seventh as they had a lead-off walk followed by a single, but the Belles we able to turn a double play on a line drive and closed out the 9-6 victory with a routine ground out.
Monica Palicki picked up her fifth pitching victory of the season in the opener as she struck out a pair while going the distance. Maureen Healy, Lauren Enayati, and Morgan Bedan had the big bats at the dish in game one. Healy led the way with a 3-for-4 effort that included a pair of singles, a home run, two RBIs, and two runs scored. Enayati was 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored while Bedan added a 2-for-4 performance with a home run, three RBIs, and a pair of scored runs.
In the nightcap, the Belles got hits from Healy and Ashley Peterson and a walk by Gillis to load the bases with one out in the first inning. Hayley Bojorquez then drilled her sixth home run of the season over the left field fence to give Saint Mary's the quick 4-0 cushion.
North Park posted a run in the bottom of the second inning, but the Belles responded with an offensive explosion in the top of the third. Every player in the Belles' offensive starting line-up safely made it onto the base paths in the third inning as Saint Mary's notched five singles and three doubles. Kristen Nelson's infield single with bases loaded was followed up by back-to-back-to-back doubles by Lauren Enayati, Maureen Healy, and Ashley Peterson as the four hits plated all six runs of the inning as the Belles claimed a 10-1 lead.
Neither team got on the scoreboard again until the top of the fifth inning when the Belles posted four more runs. Nelson led off with a single, pinch hitter Jessica Centa was hit by a pitch, and Healy singled to score both Nelson and Centa. Peterson followed up her fellow senior with a single of her own to put runners on first and second. Two batters later, Bojorquez delivered a two-run double to cap off the scoring as the Belles won 14-1 in five innings.
Angela Gillis earned her sixth win in the circle for the Belles while striking out four. Hayley Bojorquez, Maureen Healy, Ashley Peterson, and Kristen Nelson each posted three hits in the win. Bojorquez had a single, double, and home run as she notched six RBIs and scored a run. Healy added a pair of singles, a double, four RBIs, and scored three times. Peterson chipped in two doubles and a single while driving in one and scoring a run. Nelson, meanwhile, was a perfect 3-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI.
The Belles (11-5) will have a quick turnaround for their next doubleheader as they face cross-town foe Bethel on Monday night at the University of Notre Dame's Melissa Cook Stadium beginning at 5:00 p.m.