SMC vs. Manchester
Bojorquez, Selner Go Deep as Belles Sweep Spartans
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Hayley Bojorquez wrapped up a comeback win in game one with a home run and Callie Selner added her first collegiate homer in game two as the Saint Mary's softball team swept Manchester by 10-5 and 12-4 scores on Tuesday.
In the first game of the afternoon, the visiting Spartans scored a run in the first and added four in the second to take a quick 5-0 lead. The momentum shift for the Belles came in the bottom of the third inning. With one out gone, Kristen Nelson started off a big inning for Saint Mary's with a single. Two hitters later, Emily Sherwood reached first base on a dropped third strike that would have ended the inning. The Belles capitalized on the extended inning as Morgan Bedan and Kelli Spurlock had back-to-back singles. Callie Selner then helped her own cause with a double to left center to drive in Bedan and Spurlock as Saint Mary's cut the deficit to 5-4.
Two innings later, the Belles were able to take a lead that they would not give up. Hayley Bojorquez led off with a single to right field, and Emily Sherwood reached on a fielding error by the Manchester shortstop. After Morgan Bedan's single loaded the bases with no one out, Kelli Spurlock cleared the runners with a double, putting Saint Mary's up 7-5.
Saint Mary's added some insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. After back-to-back singles by Lauren Enayati and Kristen Nelson, Hayley Bojorquez launched her second home run of the season and 11th of her career over the left field fence to put the Belles up by the 10-5 final margin.
Callie Selner earned her fifth win of the season, throwing all seven innings, striking out four and allowing five runs on nine hits.
Spurlock finished game one 3-for-4 with a double, five RBIs, and a run scored. Nelson, Bojorquez, Bedan, and Selner each added two hits each in the win. Nelson and Bedan scored twice, Bojorquez scored two runs, homered, and drove in three, and Selner drove in a pair.
In the nightcap, the Belles got on the board first to put the pressure on early. Lauren Enayati led off with a single to left field and scored three batters later on Callie Selner's double down the right field line. Selner then scored on Morgan Bedan's single to left field for the 2-0 lead after one complete for Saint Mary's.
Manchester responded with a pair of runs in the top of the second inning, but the Spartans' momentum was short-lived as the Belles erupted for six runs on seven hits in the bottom half of the inning. Leading the charge in the second were Emily Sherwood and Selner. Sherwood drove a double off the left-center field wall while Selner homered to center field. Enayati, Nelson, Bedan, Spurlock, and Angela Gillis all added singles of their own in the six-run inning.
The Spartans cut the lead to 8-4 in the top of the fifth on three singles. Saint Mary's, however, plated three of their four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning with two outs to end the game via the mercy rule 12-4. With one out gone, Selner walked and Bedan singled up the middle to start the offense in the sixth. After both runners advanced on a passed ball, Spurlock drove in Selner with a sacrifice fly to right field. Then Gillis, Mitchell, and Sherwood had three straight singles, and Lauren Enayati ended the game with a two-hop hit past the Manchester first baseman to score Mitchell for the Belles' 12th run of the game.
Monica Palicki earned the game-two win, pitching six innings and allowing three earned runs on six hits with three strikeouts.
The Belles scored their 12 runs on 18 hits and were led by Callie Selner's 3-for-3 performance with a home run, a double, two runs scored, and three RBIs. Not to be out-done, Morgan Bedan was 4-for-4 with four singles, a run scored, and an RBI. Enayati ended the game 4-for-5 with a pair of runs scored and the game-ending RBI. Angela Gillis and Emily Sherwood each picked up two hits in the win as well.
The Belles (10-3) open up their conference schedule next as they travel to Alma on Saturday, April 2 for a 2:00 p.m. doubleheader against the Scots.