SMC vs. Franklin

Belles Split With Grizzlies

Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

WHITELAND, Ind. - The Saint Mary's softball team bounced back from a 9-4 game one loss to shutout host Franklin 11-0 in five innings in game two on Tuesday.

The Belles jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the first game. Emily Sherwood drew a one-out walk and scored on Morgan Bedan's double down the left field line. Callie Selner then came up and drove Bedan home on a single. Chrissy Porter reached first base on a fielder's choice that got Selner out. Kelli Spurlock kept the inning alive with a single to center field, and Angela Gillis drove in Porter on a single to center field of her own.

The Grizzlies had the big inning of the game in the bottom of the second inning. Franklin scored seven runs on six hits, including a three-run home run, to go up 7-3 through two complete. Two innings later, the Grizzlies would pad their lead to 9-3 with a two out, two-run home run in the bottom of the fourth.

After seeing an early threat cut short by a double play in the sixth, the Belles were faced with their last at bats of the game. Gillis got the one-out rally started with her second hit of the game - a single down the right field line. She then scored from first on a double to right center field by Hayley Bojorquez to cut the lead to 9-4. The rally fell short for the Belles as Saint Mary's fell by the 9-4 final in the opener.

Callie Selner suffered the game one loss in the circle in 4.1 innings of work before Monica Palicki came into the game in relief. Palicki went 1.2 innings and did not allow a hit while retiring the final five batters she faced in order.

Morgan Bedan and Angela Gillis both went 2-for-3 in the opener, each adding an RBI and scoring a run. Selner, Spurlock, Bojorquez, and Nelson each added hits in the loss.

The Belles would exact some revenge in game two. Lauren Enayati led off with an infield single and moved up to second on a ground out by Sherwood. After an error by the Grizzlies' shortstop put runners on the corners with Enayati and Morgan Bedan, Enayati scored the first run of the game on a ground out by Selner.

Monica Palicki and the defense sat Franklin down in order in the first three innings as the Grizzlies did not hit a ball out of the infield in the opening innings.

Palicki would get more than enough help from the offense in the top of the fourth inning. Saint Mary's plated 10 runs on nine hits and a sacrifice fly after sending 13 batters to the dish in the fourth. Kelli Spurlock led off with a single up the middle, followed by a single by Angela Gillis and a walk by Hayley Bojorquez. The Grizzlies got their first out of the inning, but the Belles then opened up the flood gates to score the most runs in a single inning yet this season.

Kristen Nelson, Lauren Enayati, and Emily Sherwood had back-to-back-to-back singles to put Saint Mary's up 5-1. Morgan Bedan then drove a triple down the right field line. Callie Selner added a double to right center field, Spurlock and Gillis added their second hits of the inning with a single and a double, respectively, and Bojorquez drove in the tenth run of the inning on a sacrifice fly to left field for the double-digit scoring outburst.

The Grizzlies would get three runners into scoring position, but the Belles were able to shut the door defensively on the scoring threats in the fourth and fifth innings to pick up the 11-0 win in five innings.

Palicki earned her third shutout victory of season, allowing just three hits and striking out five for the Belles. Including her relief appearance in game one, she threw 6.2 innings of shutout softball on Tuesday, facing just three batters more than the minimum over that span.

Lauren Enayati reached base in all four of her at bats in game two as she was 3-for-4 at the dish and reached on an error. The junior also scored twice and drove in a run. Bedan, Spurlock, and Gillis each added two hits each. Bedan tallied a pair of RBIs and scored a run while Spurlock and Gillis both scored twice and drove in one as the Belles saw three different pitchers in the nightcap.

The Belles will get back to conference play next when they host Olivet on Saturday. The MIAA doubleheader will begin at 1:00 p.m. at the Saint Mary's softball field.