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SMC Softball: Belles take sweep of doubleheader in rain

Deirdre Krasula | Monday, March 27, 2006

Forced to play in less than comfortable weather conditions, the Belles were able to both physically and mentally outplay Rose-Hulman Saturday in Terre Haute, Ind., as Saint Mary’s swept the Engineers in a doubleheader on the road.

“We went in knowing that the team who was mentally together was who was going to come of with a win,” senior Bridget Grall said.

Grall led the Belles from the mound in their dominating 10-1 win over Rose-Hulman. Margaret Kelly brought in the sole run for the Engineers in the bottom of the second off Megan Messer’s fly-out to right field.

The Belles’ ability to keep their minds on the game allowed them to turn in strong offensive performances, Grall said.

The weather varied throughout the day, but Grall said the Belles focused better than their opponents. One minute both teams were dealing with the cold and snow and the next dealing with the hot sun.

Grall said there was no one moment that secured the Belles’ win, since everyone delivered impressive performances across the board.

“Our offense was key,” Grall said. “They helped the confidence of our pitchers to go out and get the job done.”

Freshman Kristin Amram brought heat from the mound as she helped Saint Mary’s garner a 15-1 win in the second game. Amram, last week’s athlete of the week at Saint Mary’s, grabbed her fourth career win at Terre Haute. Her success on the mound was met by stellar offensive performances from the Belles.

High scoring marked the fourth inning for the Belles. Junior Sarah Meisle homered, driving in two runs. Laura Heline also collected two RBIs, adding to the nine runs the Belles secured that inning.

Coach Erin Sullivan praised her team for its ability to continue on a successful run.