SMC vs. Olivet
Belles Ground Comets
OLIVET, Mich. - The Saint Mary's softball team earned a pair of big MIAA wins with 8-3 and 5-4 decisions over Olivet College on Saturday.
The Belles took little time getting on the scoreboard in the opener as they got four consecutive hits from Maureen Healy, Ashley Peterson, Angela Gillis, and Hayley Bojorquez to score a pair of runs in the top of the first.
The host Comets scored a run in the bottom of the first and added two in the bottom of the second to take a 3-2 lead over Saint Mary's.
The Belles responded in a big way in the top of the third to erase Olivet's lead. Peterson led off the inning with a triple to left field. Two batters later, Bojorquez drove in Peterson with a single through the left side of the defense to knot the game at 3-3. Morgan Bedan then connected with her fourth home run of the season that hit off the top of the fence in right field and ended up bouncing off of the Cutler Athletic Complex, putting Saint Mary's up 5-2.
In the top of the fourth, Kristen Nelson hit the Belles' second straight lead-off triple of the inning with a shot to right field. Two batters later, Healy drove in Nelson on a single up the middle. After Healy made it safely into second on a diving play by the Comets' second baseman, Gillis singled through the 5-6 hole to load the bases. Bojorquez then drove in Healy on a sacrifice fly to center field for the Belles' seventh run of the game.
Maureen Healy and Ashley Peterson started off the sixth inning for Saint Mary's with a pair of singles and got into scoring position for Bojorquez. The junior then hit another strong fly ball to center field for the sacrifice to score Healy for the Belles' sixth straight run.
Olivet would plate a pair of two-out runs in the bottom of the seventh, but the Belles stayed in control and closed out the 8-5 win.
Angela Gillis earned the win in the circle in game one as she went the distance, scattering seven hits and allowing four walks while striking out two.
The Comets would be the ones to strike first in game two as Olivet pushed across a run in the top of the first inning with a one-out double. Olivet then doubled their lead in the third inning as they went up 2-0.
In the bottom of the third, Saint Mary's broke through with a pair of runs to tie up the game at 2-2. Kate Mitchell and Kristen Nelson each singled to start the inning off for the Belles. Nelson then stole second and Mitchell was able to score on the throw to second to get Saint Mary's on the scoreboard. Lauren Enayati then laced a double to center field and scored two batters later when Ashley Peterson notched a double of her own to left-center field to tie the game at 2-2.
Olivet took little time to regain the lead as they scored a run in the top of the fourth.
Saint Mary's came right back with a run of their own in the bottom half of the inning. Nelson punched a one-out single into right-center field and then moved into scoring position on a grounder to second base by Enayati. Healy then delivered a two-out single back up the middle to score Nelson from second, tying the game again.
The Belles took their first lead of the game in the bottom of the sixth. Bojorquez singled deep to the 5-6 hole with one away and moved over to second when Bedan drew a walk. With two-away, it was Kate Mitchell's turn to come up with the big hit as she fisted a single into right-center field that easily scored Bojorquez to give Saint Mary's the 4-3 lead.
The game was tied for the third time in the top of the seventh as Olivet scored a run with two outs to square the game at 4-4.
The Belles, however, were determined to end the game in regulation and did just that. With the top of the line-up due to start the inning, Lauren Enayati delivered a line drive single up the middle to start things off. Maureen Healy then made it safely to first as the Comets' pitcher bobbled the ball on the sacrifice bunt. Ashley Peterson moved the pair over and put the winning run just 60 feet away with a grounder to the second baseman. Angela Gillis then ended the game with a walk-off single to center field that plated Enayati with the winning run.
Monica Palicki picked up the win for the Belles in game two as she surrendered four runs on eight hits and five walks while striking out five.
Maureen Healy and Ashley Peterson each notched four hits in the wins. Healy drove in a pair of runners and scored three times. Peterson had a pair of doubles and a triple while scoring twice and driving in one. Five other players each tallied three hits for Saint Mary's in the wins.
The Belles (18-14, 7-3 MIAA) will travel to Hope on Wednesday, April 21, for a 3:30 p.m. MIAA doubleheader with the Flying Dutch.