Belles Blank Hornets for Doubleheader Sweep
- Morgan Raymer allowed just two hits and struck out seven while walking two in the complete game shutout in the circle in game one.
- Jessica Alberts carried a no-hitter into the bottom of the seventh inning of game two and struck out five in a complete game win.
- Cassie Young and Jamie Young both had multiple hits in each game.
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The Saint Mary's softball team picked up 6-0 and 5-0 wins over Kalamazoo at home on Saturday to wrap up a 6-0 week.
The Belles plated three runs in the bottom of the first inning in game one to claim a quick lead. Jamie Young and Kelsey Keilman each singled, and Cassie Young reached on a fielder's choice for bases loaded with one out. Morgan Raymer drove in both Jamie Young and Keilman on a double to right-center, and Makenzie Duncan then drove in Cassie Young from third on a sacrifice fly as Young made a swim move around the catcher to avoid the tag at the plate.
Two innings later, Jamie Young, Keilman, and Cassie Young all reached in successive at bats again to load the bases. Raymer delivered a sacrifice fly to center field to plate Young. With Keilman on third and Cassie Young on first after the sac fly, Young stole second base, and Keilman was able to advance home on an off-the-mark throw to second to try to catch Young for the 5-0 Saint Mary's lead through three complete.
Cassie Young hit a one-out double off the left field fence in the fifth inning and scored easily two batters later when Duncan dropped a single down the right field line to put the Belles up 6-0.
Morgan Raymer allowed just two hits and struck out seven while walking two in the complete game shutout in the circle. She helped her own cause with three RBI and a double. Jamie Young, Cassie Young, and Alyssa Gutierrez each posted two hits in the win. Jamie and Cassie Young both scored twice, and Kelsey Keilman crossed home twice.
The Belles posted two runs in the third and three runs in the seventh in game two. Krystal Harris had a lead-off single in the third and later scored on a single by Cassie Young. Kelsey Keilman beat out a bunt for a single, and Caitlyn Migawa drove her in with two outs to give Saint Mary's the lead.
In the top of the seventh, Megan Knudsen belted a pinch hit single to center field with one out. Jamie Young dropped a single inside the left field line. After the Hornets picked up the second out of the inning, Cassie Young delivered a triple to right field to plate Knudsen and Jamie Young. An error on an infield grounder off the bat of Caitlyn Migawa pushed Cassie Young across for the 5-0 lead.
Jessica Alberts carried a no-hitter into the bottom of the seventh inning. The Hornets broke that up with a lead-off single and loaded the bases with consecutive two-out singles. Alberts closed the door and earned the complete game shutout with a ground out to end the game. The junior struck out five and did not surrender a walk in the victory in the circle.
Cassie Young posted a 4-for-4 effort at the plate with three RBI and a run scored. Jamie Young was 2-for-3 and scored a run. Caitlyn Migawa added two hits and drove in one, and Makenzie Duncan posted a pair of hits. Megan Knudsen had a hit and scored for the Belles.
Saint Mary's (12-8, 4-0 MIAA) hosts Albion on Tuesday, April 4 starting at 3:30 p.m.