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SMC Softball: Trine takes both in MIAA doubleheader

Katie Heit | Friday, April 8, 2011

The Belles suffered a tough day in a doubleheader against Trine, losing 3-2 and 14-2.

“The hardest part was finding momentum as a team,” senior captain and outfielder Hayley Bojorquez. “We struggled to come back every time Trine fought back.”

The Belles (10-7, 0-4 MIAA) started off the first game in the top of the first with a pair of runs thanks to a double from freshman infielder Callie Selner. In the bottom of the second Trine gained an unearned run, and in the bottom of the fourth, the Thunder scored on a sacrifice fly and a single.

In the second game, Trine had a quick start, leading 6-0 by the end of the third. The Belles managed a pair of runs in the bottom of the third when junior outfielder Lauren Enayati scored on a passed ball and Selner hit a ball to left field to allow Bojorquez to score the Belles’ final run.

Trine battled back, bringing the final score to 14-2 after six innings.

Bojorquez cited poor hitting as the main reason her team struggled in both games against Trine.

“We combined [for] a total of four runs in both games, which is just not us,” Bojorquez said. “We are a much better hitting team than we showed today.”

Selner suffered the loss in game one, while junior pitcher Monica Palicki took the defeat in game two.

Saint Mary’s will hit the field once more in a doubleheader on theroadSaturday against No. 13 Adrian. They are looking to secure their first conference win.

“Adrian is usually a pretty tough competitor,” Bojorquez said. “We need to be ready for them to fight back.”

In the time before the next game, Bojorquez wants to see the team begin to work to improve its hitting, as well as its general game play.

“We want to fix the little things that didn’t work [against Trine],” Bojorquez said. “Those things will most likely include our hitting as well as more key small ball situations on both defense and offense.”

The Belles will face Adrian in a doubleheader Saturday at 1:00 p.m.