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SMC Softball: Team ready for 2 with rival Hope

Michael Todisco | Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Saint Mary’s will play a pivotal doubleheader today, facing off against conference opponent Hope College.

Hope (15-13, 5-1 MIAA) currently tops the conference standings, three spots ahead of the Belles (18-14, 7-3 MIAA) who are tied for fourth.

The Belles will look to assert themselves as a force in the MIAA in these two games against the top team in the conference. The games provide a critical opportunity for the Belles to make up distance in the conference standings as well position themselves for tournament play.

Belles coach Erin Sullivan pinpointed the upcoming games as some of the most important of the year.

“Hope and Calvin are especially important games. If we win those, we have a shot at the regular season title,” Sullivan said.

Saint Mary’s hopes to continue the momentum gained after sweeping a double header against conference opponent Olivet College Saturday.

The doubleheader begins today at 3:30 p.m. at Hope College.