Belles sweep weekend double dip with Hornets
By KAREN SCHAFF
The Saint Mary's softball team moved up two spots in the MIAA standings after winning both games against Kalamazoo College in its double header Sunday. The Belles, who were in second to last place coming into this weekend's match, are now in fifth place and looking to move up.
After its two solid wins on Sunday, Saint Mary's increased their conference record to 3-3. The team hopes to move into the top four and earn a spot in the MIAA Championship.
The Belles won the first game 10-2 and the second 5-1. The team was happy with its overall performance on Sunday.
Head coach Joe Speybroeck had a light practice on Friday. Because of miscommunication the Belles did not practice on Saturday. Despite the lapse in training Saint Mary's managed to keep its focus and take both games on Sunday.
"There were no spectacular plays," senior Elise Hall said, "but the team played well all around."
All season Speybroeck has been concerned about his team's hitting.
"I would really like to have a team that hits consistently well, instead of off-and-on," he said.
The Belles came out in superior form on Sunday. In a vast improvement on their recent games, they had 11 hits in the first game and eight in the second.
The Belles had a big offensive rally in the fourth inning in the first game against Kalamazoo.
"We had a big inning where we scored a lot of runs," junior pticher Anne Senger said. "We've just been hitting so well overall."
Saint Mary's defense, led by Senger and sophomore pitcher Kristin Martin, was just as strong as offense. The defense kept their errors to minimum. After last week's error laden games, the Belles were happy to see their defense improving.
"The defense is definitely there and our offense is getting there," Senger said.
Both pitchers threw very strongly, giving up only three runs during the course of both games.
For their next game at Albion College on Tuesday, Speybroeck hopes to continue the Belles continue their hitting streak and continue to consistently reach base.
All Sports Stories for Tuesday, April 11, 2000