SMC vs. Curry, Salem State
Palicki and Selner Shut Down Opposition as Belles Win Two
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Monica Palicki and Callie Selner combined to notch 21 strikeouts while giving up just five hits as the Saint Mary's softball team defeated Curry and Salem State on Tuesday.
In the opener against Curry, neither team's offense stormed out of the gate as the game was deadlocked at 0-0 until the bottom of the fifth inning. Kelli Spurlock got things started for the Belles with a lead-off single. Angela Gillis then was able to move Spurlock into scoring position with a sacrifice buntand reached first on an error on the play. After both Spurlock and Gillis advanced a base on a wild pitch, Kate Mitchell delivered the biggest hit of the game with a single to center field that scored both runners.
The Belles threatened again in the fifth inning as Mitchell would reach third, but Saint Mary's would be held to just two runs and would win 2-0. Kristen Nelson also added a double for the Belles in the victory.
The two-run cushion was more than enough for Monica Palicki. The junior threw her second consecutive shutout, allowing just one hit and striking out a career-high 10 batters.
The second game of the day saw the Belles face off with a Salem State team that won 35 games and played in the 2010 NCAA Tournament last spring. Saint Mary's was more than up to the task as the Belles' bats came alive in game two with seven runs on 10 hits for a 7-1 win. Mitchell led four players with two hits for the Belles as the junior had a double and scored a run in the victory. Hayley Bojorquez was 2-for-3 with a pair of singles and runs scored. Chrissy Porter and Morgan Bedan each went 2-for-4 from the plate and both scored twice. Porter had a pair of doubles and drove in two while Bedan had a double and tallied three RBIs for the Belles.
As was the case in the first game, the offensive output was more than adequate for Callie Selner to pick up her second pitching victory of the season. The freshman allowed just four hits in seven innings of work while striking out 11 as the Belles moved to 5-1 on the year.
Saint Mary's will take on Heidelberg and St. Joseph's (N.Y.) tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., respectively.