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SMC Softball: Belles look to rebound against Olivet

Dierdre Krasula | Friday, April 21, 2006

Saint Mary’s hopes to get back on track this Saturday when it travels to Olivet. The Belles (23-9, 9-3) enter Saturday’s game on the heels of a doubleheader loss to Albion, 3-0 and 6-2, Wednesday.

Belles coach Erin Sullivan said she wants her team to get back to the basics and pull its game back together after losing on Wednesday.

“I want our team to come back with the enthusiasm we had,” Sullivan said. “Turn it around from Albion.”

Sullivan said the team has been focusing on getting ahead early in the game.

Senior captain Bridget Grall said Saint Mary’s would not underestimate its future opponents.

“It is important to play our game and not underestimate our opponent,” Grall said. “We play because we love the game, we need to show that love.”

Olivet (4-6, MIAA) comes into the contest Saturday coming off of a long break. Its game scheduled for Thursday was cancelled.

Olivet has relied on freshman designated hitter Danielle Martin as a source of power at the plate. Martin leads the Comets with 20 RBIs this season.

The Belles will look to shut down Olivet early.

Coming off a loss, Saint Mary’s will not be focusing its opposition, but rather, on improving its game.

“We are going in there ready to play whatever team is there,” Grall said.

This is the second-to-last conference game the Belles play before heading to the MIAA tournament. Sullivan said the team has been focusing on the tournament all season.