Belles Open 2012 With Pair of Wins

Stevens Institute Box Score - Potsdam Box Score

FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Saint Mary's softball team opened the 2012 campaign with a pair of wins in the Sunshine State on Sunday. The Belles took a 5-2 decision from Stevens Institute in nine innings before defeating SUNY Potsdam 12-7 later in the afternoon.

After both teams scored a run in the eighth inning, Morgan Bedan had a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning to plate Emily Sherwood to put the Belles up 3-2. Lauren Enayati and Jordie Wasserman both scored later in the inning to give the Belles some insurance on the way to their first win of the year.

Callie Selner picked up the win in the circle in game one by going the distance and allowing one earned run, striking out seven, and walking just three. The sophomore also drove in the tying run in the fifth inning on her way to a 3-for-5 effort from the dish with a triple and two RBIs to lead the Belles.

In the second game of the day, the Belles led from start to finish. Saint Mary's plated six runs in the third inning and five more runs in the fifth to lead 11-2. Potsdam notched five runs of their own in the fifth, but the Belles held off the comeback attempt for the 12-7 decision.

Angela Gillis went 3-for-5 at the plate with a run scored while Emily Sherwood was 2-for-3 in the game with a run scored of her own. Monica Palicki earned the win in the circle for the Belles with four strikeouts while Gillis had a no decision and allowed just one hit while striking out five in three innings of work.

The Belles take on Geneva and Ohio Wesleyan tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., respectively, on their spring trip.