SMC vs. Calvin
Belles Sweep Knights
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The Saint Mary's softball team swept a conference doubleheader against Calvin on Saturday by scores of 12-1 and 2-1.
In the opener, the Belles broke the game wide open with a seven-run second inning. Morgan Bedan had a lead-off single followed by a walk by Callie Selner. Angela Gillis drove in the game's first run on a single to center field as Bedan scored from second. Kate Mitchell then added a single through the left side of the infield to load the bases. Two batters later, Lauren Enayati singled up the middle to plate another run. Emily Sherwood then had the fifth single of the inning to drive in another run. Hayley Bojorquez drew a bases loaded walk for the Belles' fourth run of the inning.
After the second out of the inning, Bedan, Selner, and Gillis each followed Bojorquez's lead and drew bases loaded walks to score three more runs for Saint Mary's.
The Belles plated two more runs in the top of the third inning. Kristen Nelson had a lead-off walk, and Enayati and Sherwood added back-to-back singles to load the bases. Nelson would later score on an error by the Knights' catcher, and Enayati reached home on an infield ground out by Kelli Spurlock for the 9-0 Saint Mary's advantage.
The offense continued to put the pressure on Calvin as the Belles would plate three runs in the top of the fifth to put the game out of reach. Hayley Bojorquez started a two-out rally by reaching first on an error. Kelli Spurlock then singled up the middle. The pair moved into scoring position on a wild pitch, and Morgan Bedan walked to load the bases. Callie Selner then drew her third walk of the game to score Bojorquez. Angela Gillis wrapped up the rally with a two-run double to right center field for the Belles.
Calvin would notch a run in the bottom of the fifth inning, but that would be all the Knights would score as Saint Mary's took game one 12-1 in five innings.
Monica Palicki earned her tenth win of the season in the circle for the Belles. The junior has now won at least 10 games in each of her three seasons for Saint Mary's as she allowed one run on five hits with a strikeout.
Lauren Enayati, Emily Sherwood, Angela Gillis, and Kate Mitchell each had two hits in the win for the Belles. Enayati scored twice while Gillis had a game-high four RBIs in the win.
The Belles would get on the scoreboard first in the second game of the day as well. In the bottom of the third inning, Emily Sherwood and Hayley Bojorquez had one-out walks, and Callie Selner singled down the left field line to load the bases. Morgan Bedan then drew a walk of her own, allowing Sherwood to score the game's first run.
Saint Mary's came right back with a run in the bottom of the third inning as well. Kate Mitchell led off with a single, but then was out on a fielder's choice by Kristen Nelson. Three consecutive walks to Enayati, Sherwood, and Bojorquez allowed Nelson to score the Belles' second run of the game.
Calvin cut the lead to 2-1 in the top of the fifth, scoring a run on a couple of defensive miscues by Saint Mary's. In the end, however, big defensive stands by the Belles were the difference in the game. The Knights stranded a runner on third base in the first, third, fifth, and sixth innings.
Callie Selner earned the win in the circle while Monica Palicki picked up her first save of her collegiate career. Selner went five-plus innings, allowing just an unearned run and two hits. Palicki came into the game in the sixth inning and getting six outs while facing six batters with two strikeouts, including the final out of the game.
Selner had a pair of hits at the dish in game two for Saint Mary's. Sherwood and Nelson scored the Belles' runs while Bojorquez and Bedan earned an RBI each with their bases loaded walks.
The Belles (18-13, 7-7 MIAA) will conclude their season with their fourth doubleheader in four days when they host Albion on Sunday beginning at 11:00 a.m. It will also be senior recognition day for lone member of the class of 2011 Hayley Bojorquez.