Belles split with Hilltoppers

Softball comes back after 11-inning loss

By Sam Fowler
On February 25, 2016

   Belle softball kicked off their six game road trip on Feb. 20. by splitting a double-header with non-conference opponent St. Edwards University in Austin
  In the first game, the Belles fell 3-2 in an 11 inning pitcher’s duel.The first eight innings were quiet as the two teams combined for just three hits across the first eight frames.During the top of the ninth inning, the Belles broke the scoreless deadlock with a single by freshman Becky Wilhelm that brought Alexis Evans around to score and narrowly put the Belles up 1-0 going in to the bottom of the ninth.After the Hilltoppers evened the score in the bottom of the ninth, the Belles were able to tack on another run in the 10th as sophomore Madison Greenwell brought Becky Wilhelm home with an RBI single.
  Yet again, the Hilltoppers were able to pull even with the Belles at two runs in the bottom of the 10th inning but were unable to win the game despite having the bases loaded with only one out.The top of the 11th, saw the Hilltoppers able to hold the Belles scoreless opening the door for their walk-off single off sophomore pitcher Brandy Marlett in the bottom of the 11th.
   In the second game, the Belles topped the Hilltoppers 6-0.
The Belles got off to a hot start in the first inning as freshman catcher Taegan Kirk managed to get a single past the left side of the Hilltopper infield, scoring Bailey Wallace from third base to give the Belles a 1-0 lead. In the second inning, the Belles pushed their lead to 3-0 off an RBI double by freshman Bailey Wallace and an RBI single by junior pitcher Kenedy Urbany.
   The Belles doubled their lead to 6-0 in the top of the third as senior outfielder Ambra Hill connected on a two run triple before scoring on an illegal pitch to cap off the scoring for the Belles.Urbany fed off the early lead inside the circle for the Belles  by throwing six scoreless innings, only giving up one hit before sophomore Morgan Hill took over for the final three outs of the game. 

The Belles are now 11-4 on the season, heading into their four game series with Texas A&M-Kingsville Feb. 26-27th.

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