SMC vs. Adrian
Belles Knock Off Bulldogs In Game One, Fall in Nightcap
ADRIAN, Mich. - Thanks to the Saint Mary's softball team, there are no more undefeated teams in any level of collegiate softball. The Belles defeated #13 and previously undefeated Adrian 1-0 in the first game, but fell 11-2 in the nightcap of an MIAA doubleheader on Saturday. The Bulldogs had entered the day as the lone program in all of NCAA Division I, II, or III or NAIA without a loss.
From the early goings in game one, things looked favorable for the Belles. In the bottom of the first, Saint Mary's saw the Bulldogs load the bases with one out only to have Callie Selner fan back-to-back batters to get out of the jam. The first inning would be the only time in game one that Adrian would have a base runner on third base.
The biggest hit of the game came in the top of the fifth inning. With two outs and the bases empty, freshman designated player Chrissy Porter lofted a high in the air toward center field. The ball continued to carry up and over the fence for Porter's first home run of her collegiate career for the lone run of the game.
Selner, meanwhile, pitched a three-hit shutout against an Adrian team that entered the game averaging over seven runs per contest and having the 20th ranked batting average of all teams in Division III softball. The freshman struck out five and walked four while allowing just one extra base hit (a double).
The 1-0 win against the #13 Bulldogs is the team's first win over a nationally ranked team on the road since Saint Mary's won the 2004 MIAA Tournament Championship by defeating then-ranked #3 Alma at Scots Field.
In game two, however, early mistakes and the potent Bulldog offense put Saint Mary's behind early. Adrian took advantage of a pair of errors in the first to score three unearned runs.
Adrian added another run in the top the third inning before the Belles were able to get on the scoreboard. In the bottom of the third, Kristen Nelson led off the inning with a double to right center field and advanced to third on an error by the Adrian right fielder. After an infield single and a stolen base by Lauren Enayati put runners in scoring position for Saint Mary's and a shallow fly out to center field, Nelson was able to score on a sacrifice fly by Hayley Bojorquez. Enayati, however, would be stranded at third to end the inning.
The Belles then retired the Bulldogs in order in the top of the fourth and chipped away again at the lead. This time, it was Morgan Bedan's turn for a round trip trot around the bases as the sophomore led off the bottom half of the inning with a home run over the left field fence.
Adrian would go on to capitalize on Saint Mary's miscues by plating an unearned run in the top of the fifth. The Bulldogs put the game out of reach and took all the momentum with a six-run seventh inning for the 11-2 win.
Monica Palicki suffered the loss in the circle as she allowed five earned runs over seven innings and struck out four.
Lauren Enayati had a solid day at the plate as she combined to go 3-for-6 on the day with a stolen base. Chrissy Porter, Morgan Bedan, and Kristen Nelson each added extra base hits for the Belles on the day.
Saint Mary's (11-8, 1-5 MIAA) will host North Central College tomorrow for a non-conference doubleheader beginning at 1:00 p.m.