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SMC Softball: Belles look for second MIAA win

Katie Heit | Friday, April 15, 2011

Saint Mary’s, having recently broken a four-game losing streak against Franklin, will now try to keep up the momentum as it takes on Olivet College in a doubleheader Saturday.

Though the Belles are just 1-5 in MIAA conference play, coach Erin Sullivan said she has confidence in her squad.

“We need to hit the way we did in game two on Tuesday,” Sullivan said. “The team had a lot of confidence and came back with a fire I haven’t seen since we played Adrian on Saturday and won.”

Sullivan said she anticipates a strong effort from the Comets, who need a win against Saint Mary’s to secure their first conference victory.

“They always play hard and know they are in a must-win situation for our conference,” Sullivan said. “Olivet is scrappy and never goes down without a fight.”

The Belles have won their last four contests against Olivet, including two close contents against the Comets in 2010. Saint Mary’s won that pair of matchups 5-4 and 8-5.

Sullivan said she is looking for her team to play up to the potential she has seen both early on in the season and in the Belles’ comeback game against Franklin April 12.

“My goal is to see them play 14 innings of softball,” Sullivan said. “Not just seven, or 10, or even 13. I want to see the same team I saw come back from a bad loss in our first game on Tuesday, the one that dug deep and believed in themselves.”

Sullivan said she is eager to see her team prove that they have the drive that other teams lack.

“It’s not about the pitching and hitting at this point of the season,” Sullivan said. “It’s about who wants it more. I believe in them and I know how badly they want to win.”

The Belles will take the field against Olivet at home Saturday at 1 p.m.