NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The runs continued to roll in for Belmont Softball as it extended its win streak to four games after a midweek duel. The Bruins (17-8) posted 4-1 and 13-5 victories over visiting Maine on Wednesday at E.S. Rose Park.
In the first contest, BU looked to get on the board first and after being held off briefly by a double play in the second, the home team was able to get a pair across in the bottom of the third frame. The Black Bears managed to cut the Belmont lead in half in the top of the fifth but it would be the only run they would be able to score in the outing. Freshman Audrey Lyle (Westlake, Ohio) helped Belmont build distance with a solo homer belted over the centerfield fence in their half of the inning. The Bruins would go on to add one more run in the bottom of the sixth inning behind a single by junior Bailey Sims (Flowery Branch, Ga.) and a double by senior Chelsea Thomas (Hot Springs, Ark.) to secure the 4-1 victory.
For the sixth time this season, it only took five innings for BU to put away an opponent but few have compared to the scoring onslaught that ended today's nightcap. After recording runs in the bottoms of the first, third and fourth innings to pull ahead, 6-0, the Black Bears attempted to show signs of life in the top of the fifth. Maine was able to send a runner over the plate, looking to spark its offense. However, Belmont had other ideas. BU quickly loaded the bases with a single from senior Cameryn Strother (Chesapeake, Va.) and back-to-back bases on balls for Sims and Thomas. UM buckled down and was able to retire the next two batters before five consecutive hits scored a whopping seven runs to put a halt to the contest in favor of the Bruins, 13-5.
For the day, sophomore Elison Ollinger (Robins, Iowa) batted .667 with three runs scored, a double and an RBI. Sims batted .600 with two runs scored and a double. Lyle blasted her first collegiate solo homerun in game one.
BU saw strong work inside the circle from its pitching corps. Junior Brooklin Lee (Burns, Tenn.) went the distance in the first game, logging six strikeouts. The nightcap saw split time between sophomore Autumn McDanel (Morovia, Iowa) and junior Brittany Kennett (Melbourne, Australia). The pair combined for seven strikeouts in the run-ruled victory.
Belmont opens Ohio Valley Conference play this weekend at E.S. Rose Park. On Saturday, the Bruins take on UT Martin before closing the weekend with a doubleheader against Southeast Missouri State on Sunday afternoon.