SMC vs. Bethel
Belles Fall to Pilots
MISHAWAKA, Ind. - Bethel pulled away with a four-run fifth inning as the host Pilots defeated the Saint Mary's softball team 8-0 in six innings on a chilly Monday afternoon.
After a couple of unearned runs got Bethel on the scoreboard, the Pilots were able to score four runs on five hits in the fifth inning, including a two-run double. Other than the five hits in the fifth, Saint Mary's held the Pilots to just two hits - a double in the first inning and a single in the fourth. What played a big factor was that Bethel was able to capitalize with runs as a result of each of the Belles' five errors in the game.
The Belles had a tough time getting the offense going against the NAIA #23 Pilots. While the stat sheet may have indicated a game that may not have been closely played, Saint Mary's was a couple of bang-bang plays and quality at-bats from getting the ball rolling on Monday. In their first game in over 10 days due to inclement weather last week, Lauren Enayati was called out by the narrowest of margins at first on a well-hit ball to the Bethel third baseman. The junior also had a 10 pitch at-bat later in the game that eventually went the other way. Callie Selner had some unfortunate spin on what appeared to be a hit up the middle as the ball spun out in the dirt, allowing Bethel's second baseman to make a play rather than the ball continuing on its apparent route to the outfield grass.
Hayley Bojorquez picked up the Belles' lone hit of the game. The senior ripped a shot down to the hot corner for a line drive single in the first inning.
Callie Selner suffered the loss in the circle, allowing seven runs on just six hits as Saint Mary's committed four of their errors with the sophomore pitcher in the game. She also had three strikeouts in 4.1 innings of work. Monica Palicki came in to relieve Selner in the fifth and gave up just one hit in one-plus inning of work.
The Belles (8-3) will look to bounce back quickly as they host Manchester for a doubleheader at the Saint Mary's softball field tomorrow, March 29, beginning at 3:30 p.m.