Belles Sweep Comets
Game One Box Score - Game Two Box Score
OLIVET, Mich. - The Saint Mary's softball team earned a pair of MIAA victories with 16-1 and 4-2 decisions against Olivet on Friday evening.
In the opener, the Comets struck first with a run in the bottom of the first inning. After that, however, it was all Saint Mary's as the Belles posted two runs in the second, eight in the third, and six in the fifth for their highest scoring output of the 2012 season. Scoring 16 runs on 18 hits, each member of the Saint Mary's offensive lineup registered at least one hit and scored at least one run in the mercy rule-shortened contest. The Belles hit through their lineup in both the third and fifth innings of play. In the eight-run third, Saint Mary's had three consecutive singles and three consecutive doubles to open up the lead on the Comets as the Belles never looked back.
Lauren Enayati and Morgan Bedan both went 3-for-5 at the plate in the game one win. Enayati scored twice and drove two in while lacing a double to left-center field in the third inning. Bedan scored a run and drove one in for the Belles. Callie Selner, Jordie Wasserman, Emily Sherwood, and Kristen Nelson each added a pair of hits.
Selner needed just 76 pitches for the win in the circle. The sophomore struck out five and gave up just one run on five hits and two walks in five innings of work.
Game two looked a little different but still produced the same result. The Belles got on the scoreboard first with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second inning. Jordie Wasserman reached first on an error and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Kate Mitchell. The freshman advanced to third on a ground out to second by Emily Sherwood. With two outs gone, Kristen Nelson tallied a double to left-center field to plate Wasserman. Another error proved just as costly for the Comets in the second as Nelson scored from second on an error on a ball put in play by Lauren Enayati to give Saint Mary's the 2-0 lead.
Olivet threatened with bases loaded and just one out in the top of the third, but Callie Selner struck out a batter and Morgan Bedan picked off the runner on third to end the threat. The Comets did cut the Belles' lead in half in the top of the fourth by manufacturing a run with a pair of singles, a sacrifice bunt, and a sacrifice fly.
Saint Mary's came right back with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the inning. Wasserman and Sherwood were on second and first after a walk and a single, respectively. The pair were both driven in on Kristen Nelson's second double of the game to put the Belles up 4-1.
The Comets looked to put together a two-out rally in the top of the seventh inning. After plating a run, Olivet had the tying runs in scoring position with runners on second and third. Selner came up in a big way once again for the Belles by ringing up the final out on a called third strike to end the game.
Kristen Nelson provided a big offensive punch by going 2-for-3 with two doubles and three runs batted in for the Belles. Enayati, Bedan, Sherwood, and Victoria Connelly each added a hit in the win.
Selner picked up her second win of the day and tenth of the season. The sophomore threw all seven innings, allowing two runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out five.
The Belles (18-8, 5-3 MIAA) will have a day off before hosting Franklin for a non-conference doubleheader on Sunday, April 15 beginning at 1:00 p.m.