Belles Split With Knights
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The Saint Mary's softball team came back after a tough 8-6 defeat in the opener to take a 5-4 win in game two of a conference doubleheader against Calvin.
In the opener, the Knights posted a pair of runs in the top of the first inning, but the Belles took little time to erase the Calvin lead. Saint Mary's plated a run in the bottom of the first, three in the second, one in the third, and one in the fourth.
Caitlyn Migawa drove in Moranda Hegedus from second base on a single up the middle in the first inning. Jillian Busfield scored from third on a fielder's choice by Angela Dainelli in the second inning to tie the game. Cecily Reyes and Dainelli then gave the Belles the lead by scoring on a two-out slow-roller single by Moranda Hegedus.
Busfield scored for the second time in as many innings in the bottom of the third when she came home on a two-out single down the right field line by Reyes to give Saint Mary's the 5-2 advantage.
In the fifth, the Knights got a pair of runs on a solo home run and a sacrifice fly to make it a 5-4 game. In the Belles' offensive half of the fifth, Moranda Hegedus laced a two-out single through the left side, moved up to second on a walk by Kayla Chapman, and scored after stealing third and having the throw from the Knights' catcher go off of Caitlyn Migawa's helmet and into the dugout for the dead-ball advance to home.
The Knights, however, regained the lead for good in the top of the sixth with a three-run home run to center field for a 7-6 advantage. Calvin added a run in the top of the seventh for the final 8-6 margin of victory.
Callie Selner threw all seven innings while suffering the loss. The senior surrendered five earned runs and struck out four in game one.
Game two saw the Belles take the lead through the first half inning after sending nine batters to the plate and scoring three runs on three singles, two walks, and an error. Kayla Chapman and Caitlyn Migawa each hit a single and scored a run, and Jillian Busfield drew a walk and scored a run for Saint Mary's.
Calvin plated a pair of runs in the bottom half of the first inning on a two-run home run to center field. The Knights took a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the fourth with two runs on three singles, a sacrifice bunt, and an error.
The Belles turned right around in the top of the fifth and produced a pair of runs to regain the lead. Sarah Callis beat out an infield single, and Angela Dainelli drove a double to the left-center gap to put runners on second and third with just one out. Kayla Chapman delivered what proved to be the decisive blow with a two-out, two-run single to center field to plate Callis and Dainelli.
The Belles forced the Knights into stranding runners on first and second in the bottom of the sixth with an infield fly pop up and a Sarah Burke strikeout. Burke then retired the side in order in the bottom of the seventh to close out the complete game decision.
Sarah Burke earned the game-two win in the circle after allowing just three earned runs over seven innings of work.
Cecily Reyes went a combined 4-for-6 in the two games with an RBI and a run scored. Jillian Busfield was 4-for-7 at the plate with a run batted in while scoring three times. Caitlyn Migawa, Kayla Chapman, Angela Dainelli, and Moranda Hegedus all had multiple hits on the day for Saint Mary's.
The Belles (11-11, 3-5 MIAA) travel to Kalamazoo for a conference doubleheader tomorrow, April 17 with game one beginning at 3:30 p.m.