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SMC Softball: Belles split double header against Alma

Laura Myers | Monday, April 7, 2008

Saint Mary’s split another MIAA doubleheader Saturday, losing the first game and winning the second against Alma.

Saint Mary’s (15-5, 4-2 MIAA) lost the first game by a 9-1 count in five innings. The Scots, who won the MIAA championship last year, held the usually prolific Belles offense to just two hits. A homerun by senior McKenna Corrigan accounted for Saint Mary’s only run.

Junior Calli Davison pitched a complete game in the loss.

Before the games, coach Erin Sullivan said she wanted her team to come out with more energy from the start. She got her wish in the second game, as the team rallied from an early seven-run deficit to take the lead.

The Belles scored seven runs in the top of the third to tie the game before the Scots posted one more in the bottom of the frame.

Junior Ashley Fusaro went 3-for-5 with five RBIs in game two, including a game-winning three-run homerun in the top half of the sixth inning.

Corrigan pitched in the nightcap, and became stronger after the first three innings. Her record now stands at 8-0.

With the win, Saint Mary’s ended Alma’s 10-game win streak, which it had extended in game one.

Saint Mary’s sits in fourth in the MIAA, while Alma is second.

Sullivan expressed confidence in her team as they look ahead to more conference play.

“I’m feeling really good about where we are in the conference,” she said. “We generally play up to our competition.”

The Belles will play Bethel College at Notre Dame’s Ivy Field tonight before they begin a two-week stretch of MIAA opponents.

The split decision came two days after the Belles went 1-1 at Olivet on Thursday.

The Lady Wildcats (5-15) are led by senior pitcher Paige Cooper and freshman standout Emily Thompson. The team is coming off a split doubleheader against Lyon College.