Belles Blank Rams, Comeback to Defeat Gators
- Kayla Chapman and Cassie Young had two hits against Cornell.
- Makenzie Duncan and Jamie Young added three hits each against Sage.
- Morgan Raymer was the game one winner.
- Mary Green earned the win in game two.
WINTER GARDEN, Fla. - The Saint Mary's softball team cruised to an 8-0 win over Cornell (Iowa) in six innings before scoring four runs in the bottom of the sixth to come back to win 6-5 against The Sage Colleges on Wednesday.
The Belles scored a run in the first and a run in the third to pull ahead 2-0 against the Rams. A bit four-run fourth inning gave Saint Mary's the momentum for good. The mercy rule came into effect after two runs in the top of the sixth gave the Belles the eight-run margin needed to end the game early. Saint Mary's closed out the win by holding the Rams at bay in the top of the sixth.
Kayla Chapman was 2-for-2 with a double and an RBI in the 8-0 victory against Cornell. Cassie Young added two hits of her own with a double and two runs batted in. Makenzie Duncan had a bases-loaded triple to drive in three runs.
Morgan Raymer retired the first 11 batters she faced on her way to the pitching victory. The sophomore struck out three and surrendered just one hit while also hitting one batter in five innings of work. Mary Green closed out the win by pitching the final inning.
After falling behind 2-0, the Belles tied the game through three innings against The Sage Colleges. The Gators regained a 5-2 lead in the fifth, but the Belles plated four earned runs after hitting through the order in the bottom of the sixth for the 6-5 lead. A pair of big defensive plays in the seventh inning helped preserve the win.
Makenzie Duncan went 3-for-3 at the plate with a walk, an RBI, and two runs scored. Jamie Young added a 3-for-4 performance at the dish with a run scored. Cassie Young picked up two hits, including a double, and scored the game-winning run.
Mary Green picked up the win in relief after allowing just one hit and no runs over the final two innings of play. Jessica Alberts had the no decision in the circle after scattering eight hits over five innings while being tabbed with five runs.
The Belles (7-1) take on Alfred twice on Thursday. Game one is scheduled for 1:00 p.m., and game two is slated to begin at 3:00 p.m.