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SMC Softball: Belles head to Kalamazoo

Joe Meixell | Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Saint Mary’s (20-7 overall, 9-3 MIAA) travels to last place Kalamazoo (3-21 overall, 1-11 MIAA) today, in a quest to secure a place in the MIAA playoffs. The Belles are currently in third place, and the top four move on to the postseason.

If the Belles sweep the Hornets, they will clinch a spot in the tournament.

Coach Erin Sullivan said she is confident with the team’s position with only four games left to play.

“I feel great about where we are right now,” she said. “We couldn’t be happier.”

The Hornets are coming off two 8-0 losses to Tri-State, with two hits in each game. They have lost five straight games.

Despite its losing record, Sullivan said her team is not taking Kalamazoo lightly.

“On any given day, any team can win,” she said.

The Belles are coming off of a successful weekend, when they won three of four games on Friday and Saturday. They have either swept or split every doubleheader they’ve played this season.

Senior pitcher McKenna Corrigan, who will start the second game, went 4-for-7 with four RBIs and three runs scored in the two games she started over the weekend. Her record is a perfect 11-0.

Corrigan is a major contributor in the Belles’ offense, which has overpowered opponents for most of the season. Sophomore Ashley Peterson, who leads the team with a .484 batting average, is also an important factor in the attack.

Sullivan said that the team’s approach to pitching and hitting will not change when it plays Kalamazoo.

“We will go out and continue to play our hardest,” she said, “and hopefully secure a conference tournament berth with two wins.”