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Belles slaughter Rose-Hulman 10-1

Joe Meixell | Monday, March 26, 2007

The slaughter rule may have ended the first game early, but it didn’t end the Belles’ slaughter of Rose-Hulman Sunday afternoon.The Belles took the first game 10-1 in five innings and the second 5-0, improving their record to 11-1 – 2-0 at home – and dropping the Engineers to 7-9. “[Rose-Hulman] played pretty much as expected,” Belles coach Erin Sullivan said. “They hit the ball well, made some good adjustments, good improvements throughout the game. The pitchers were great as always.” Sophomore Calli Davison pitched the first game, shutting down the Engineers’ best hitters and allowing just one run. In an action-packed third inning, the Belles broke the game open with six hits and five homers, including a grand slam by sophomore catcher Ashley Fusaro. After the offensive outburst, the Belles closed out the game quickly with the mercy rule. In Rose-Hulman’s last chance to keep the game going, Davison got an out on a pop-up to freshman second baseman Mo Healy and struck out the next two hitters to end the game.In the second contest of the doubleheader, Kristen Amram blew away the Engineer hitters, giving up no runs on three hits and lowering her ERA from an already miniscule 0.44 to 0.33. Shortstop Sarah Miesle drove in four of Saint Mary’s five runs on a grand slam in the bottom of the first inning.”She did an all-around amazing job,” Sullivan said of Miesle. “She just hit the ball great.”Miesle was more humble.”I just played like I normally play,” Miesle said. “I try and play hard every pitch. I just happened to have a good day today.”Last season, Saint Mary’s set a school record with 28 wins and was 9-3 after 12 games. This year, the team is already two games ahead of that pace.The Belles will travel this weekend to face Alma College at 2 p.m. Saturday and Manchester at 1 p.m. Sunday.