SMC vs. Olivet
Belles Split with Comets
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The Saint Mary's softball team came back after a disappointing 5-4 loss in eight innings to defeat visiting Olivet 12-0 in five innings on Friday.
In the opener, Olivet loaded the bases in the top of the first inning, but the Belles emerged unscathed after a pair of ground outs. The Comets, however, would plate a run in the second, a run in the third, and two in the fourth to post a 4-0 lead.
In the bottom half of the fourth inning, the Belles came back in a big way by scoring four runs with two outs in the frame. Hayley Bojorquez started the four-run inning off with a single through the left side of the infield. Two batters later, Morgan Bedan dropped a two-out single into center field to put runners at first and second. Kelli Spurlock then connected with a double to right center field, which plated both runners and halved the lead. Angela Gillis then notched a single of her own to put runners on the corners for the Belles. Gillis then drew a throw to second on a stolen base, which allowed Spurlock to swipe home. The Comets' errant throw back to second base on the play got away from the defense and rolled to the fence, giving Gillis the opportunity to score from second on the play.
The Comets had the potential go-ahead run on third base in the top of the sixth inning, but Hayley Bojorquez pulled in a fly ball in right field to end the scoring threat.
The game remained knotted at 4-4 at the end of seven, but the tie did not last long in extra innings. The Comets led off the top of the eighth with a home run over the center field fence, and the Belles were unable to erase the lead for a second time as Saint Mary's fell 5-4 in the opener.
Bojorquez and Gillis each collected a pair of hits in game one. Bojorquez was 2-for-4 with a run scored while Gillis was 2-for-3 and scored once. Spurlock was 1-for-3 from the dish with a double, two runs batted in, and a run scored. Bedan and Enayati each added a hit of their own in the loss.
Monica Palicki suffered the loss on the afternoon after pitching 7.1 innings and striking out three while allowing all five runs.
The Belles took some revenge on the Comets in game two. Saint Mary's got on the scoreboard early by plating three runs in the top of the first inning. Lauren Enayati and Emily Sherwood started off the game with back-to-back singles. The bases were then loaded when Hayley Bojorquez's hit was dropped by the Comets' right fielder and the Olivet defense was unable to get Enayati out at third in a potential force-out situation. Chrissy Porter and Morgan Bedan then added back-to-back singles, allowing all three runners to score on the two hits.
After a scoreless second inning, Bojorqez led off the third inning by launching her third home run of the season over the center field fence to start another high-scoring inning. Bedan then singled to left, Spurlock reached on a fielder's choice as Bedan was safe at second on a throwing error by the pitcher, and Callie Selner singled to load the bases with one out. Angela Gillis drove in Bedan with a single to right field for the Belles' sixth run. Kristen Nelson followed up with a single of her own to plate Spurlock. After a fielder's choice to get Selner out at the plate, the pair scored on the same play. Gillis scored on a passed ball, then the Comets' pitcher tried to get Nelson out on third after the junior rounded the base, but the throw ended up in the outfield, allowing Nelson to score.
The Belles added four more runs in the top of the fourth inning to go up by the 12-0 final margin. Bojorquez was hit by a pitch in the lead off slot, Sherwood walked, and the pair scored on a double by Bedan. Selner walked two batters later, and Gillis came up with a double of her own, plating Bedan. Nelson then added a sacrifice fly to plate Selner with the twelfth run of the game.
The offensive output was more than enough for Callie Selner in the circle. The freshman threw a two-hit shutout as she struck out a pair and did not allow a walk in the five-inning win.
Morgan Bedan was a perfect 3-for-3 from the plate in game two with a double, two runs scored, and four RBIs. Angela Gillis was 2-for-3 with a double, a run scored, and a pair of RBIs. Hayley Bojorquez scored three times in the win while Kristen Nelson drove in two runs for the Belles.
Saint Mary's will play their third conference doubleheader in as many days when they travel to Calvin tomorrow for a 1:00 p.m. twinbill against the Knights.