Belles Shut Down by Comets
OLIVET, Mich. - The Saint Mary's softball team had a tough day on offense as the Belles fell by 5-2 and 11-0 (five innings) scores at Olivet in an MIAA doubleheader on Saturday.
The host Comets took a 5-0 lead in the first game of the day after two runs in the first, two runs in the second, and a run in the third on five combined hits and three walks. The first four Olivet runs were all scored with two outs in the inning.
The Belles regained some momentum after retiring the Comets in order in the bottom of the fourth and forcing Olivet into stranding a runner in the bottom of the fifth. That momentum carried over into offense in the top of the sixth. Caitlyn Migawa had a lead-off single to right-center field, and Jillian Busfield belted a double to left field to put a pair of runners in scoring position. Cecily Reyes drove Migawa and Busfield home on a double to right-center field to make it a 5-2 game.
Angela Dainelli had a one-out sacrifice bunt to move Reyes to third with two outs, but the junior was stranded sixty feet away from scoring to end the inning.
Victoria Connelly got on base on an error to start off the top of the seventh as the Belles looked to extend the game late. But a pair of infield grounders and a strikeout by the Comets ended the game 5-2.
Callie Selner was dealt the loss in the circle after going two-plus innings and surrendering four earned runs while striking out a pair. Sarah Burke threw the final four-plus innings and struck out five.
Cecily Reyes went 2-for-3 with a two-RBI double to lead the Belles in game one. Moranda Hegedus added a 2-for-4 effort with a double, and Jillian Busfield also tallied a double in the opener for Saint Mary's.
Olivet plated a run in the top of the first in game two with a lead-off single followed by a double. The Comets added two in the third, five in the fourth, and three in the fifth to take command offensively.
The Belles had difficulty getting on base in the nightcap. Moranda Hegedus laced a double to left field to lead off the bottom of the first inning for Saint Mary's. The Belles, however, went down in order and fell by the 11-0 final margin in five innings.
Sarah Burke suffered the game-two loss after throwing all five innings and striking out a pair. Moranda Hegedus had the lone hit - a double - in the game for the Belles.
Saint Mary's (10-10, 2-4 MIAA) has their first home doubleheader of the season on Tuesday, April 15 when they host Calvin for a conference twinbill starting at 3:30 p.m.