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SMC Softball: Matchup with Hope postponed due to rain

Rebecca Slinger | Friday, April 27, 2007

Saint Mary’s was forced to accept another delay in its faceoff against No. 2 Hope College after rain canceled Thursday’s game.

An April 4 game against Hope was cancelled because of the threat of snow and Wednesday’s game was called off due to rain. The long-suffering game has been rescheduled for today at 3:30 p.m. at Gainey Field.

Belles head coach Erin Sullivan said the team is ready to play Hope.

“We’re really excited. Hope’s always a good team, and we just want our chance to beat them,” she said. “The team’s just ready to go.”

The Belles have hit .353 this season, third in the league. They also have the second-best pitching staff in the MIAA behind the arms of sophomores Calli Davison and Kristin Amram. The pair has combined for a 2.35 ERA and held their opponents to a meager .200 batting average.

Amram is first in the MIAA with a 1.06 ERA and second in the league with 130 strikeouts.

Strong defense and a powerful offense have not been the Belles only strength this season. The team’s precise play in the field has kept it to a league-low 26 errors on the season.

With 255 total hits this season and 194 runs, the Belles lead the Flying Dutch, who have driven in 168 runs. The Belles are second in the league with 20 homers, including seven by sophomore catcher Ashley Fusaro. The backstop has a slugging percentage of .702.

Saint Mary’s will play Kalamazoo Saturday at 1 p.m.