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SMC Softball: No-hit wonders for Belles

Joe Meixell | Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Two no-hitters in one day?

No problem.

Freshmen Kristin Amram and Calli Davison tossed consecutive no-hitters for the Belles March 15, highlighting the team’s 7-3 spring break record in Fort Meyers, Fla. where Saint Mary’s matched its last season’s win total in just five days.

After a 4-2 start to their spring trip, Saint Mary’s dominated an overmatched Defiance squad with an 8-0 victory. Defiance saw no signs of hope the entire game as Amram grabbed her third win of the season. The Belles saw strong offensive performances across the board, including homers from both Martha Smid and Sarah Miesle.

It was more of the same in the afternoon as the Belles settled back into their winning ways as they trampled Mount Ida with a 10-0 victory. Davison garnered a homerun and threw the second no-hitter of the day.

“We just have to believe that we are a great team and that last year has nothing to do with this year,” first-year Belles coach Erin Sullivan said.

Senior captain Audrey Gajor started off the week with a solo homer against Montclair State in the top of the first inning March 12, but the Belles could not pull away in the opener. Montclair State came back to win, 5-4.

Saint Mary’s bounced back later that afternoon, defeating Heidelburg 2-1, as Amram earned her first career victory.

The Belles fed off the momentum of the Heidelberg victory, crushing both Edgewood and Massachusetts-Boston. Their 7-1 victory over Edgewood was led by third baseman Laura Heline, who went 3-for-3 with 2 homers and 5 RBIs. Senior pitcher Bridget Grall captured her first win of the season in the victory over Edgewood. The second game of the day against Massachusetts-Boston proved to be just as rewarding. Miesle, Gajor and Amram all drove in two runs, leading the Belles to their 8-0 victory. Amram also struck out 10 from the mound, adding another win to her young career.

The Belles carried their winning streak into the third day of the tournament with a 12-4 win over Cazenovia March 14. Cazenovia threatened with an early lead, but the Belles answered in the bottom of the first. The Saint Mary’s winning streak came to an end as the team finished off the day with a 2-1 loss to North Park.

The Belles went 1-1 during their final day of competition, March 16. They defeated Dickinson 12-3, once again seeing strong offensive performances, including a homerun from Grall.

But the Belles suffered a tough loss to Rensselaer in their second game of the day, falling 2-1.