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Belles victory ends 7-game losing streak

Bobby Griffin | Tuesday, March 30, 2004

After seven straight losses, the Belles finally got what they needed Monday as they took both games from Tri-State by the scores of 4-3 and 10-0. Coming off two tough losses last weekend against Alma – a team who has dominated its opponents all season long – the Belles (7-11) rebounded and played solid ball, especially in their five-inning blowout in Monday’s later game.In the first game of the doubleheader, Saint Mary’s and Tri-State were tied until Kate Sajewich singled in Bridget Grall for the game-winning run. Marnie Walsh starred offensively for the Belles going 3-for-3 with a run scored in the game. Erin Sullivan added two hits. The Belles as a team had 12 hits off Tri-State pitcher Erin Brockert.Sajewich pitched well for the Belles, giving up three runs on six hits over seven innings. She struck out six and walked none. In the second game, the Belles simply dominated Tri-State in every facet of the sport, outplaying them to a 10-0 victory in five innings. Libby Wilhemly threw a one hitter, striking out two and walking none while facing just two batters over the minimum. Walsh again went 3-for-3, with a double, a triple and three RBIs, making her 6-for-6 on the afternoon. Laura Heline went 2-for-2, with two runs scored. Coming off her team’s loss Thursday against Purdue-North Central, Belles coach Anna Welsh seemed patient that the Belles would turn it around once they clicked.”We need to have a sense of urgency and a killer instinct,” Welsh said. “We haven’t had either yet, but I know they have it inside them somewhere. Once they show it, we are capable of great things.”The pair of wins Monday could be exactly what Welsh was talking about.The Belles will need to carry the momentum from Monday’s victories Wednesday when they travel to Albion for their first away league games of the year. They will face a team with a 2-0 MIAA record and who is 8-4 overall.