Belote, No. 5 Trine set four NCAA DIII records in 34-0 sweep of Olivet
OLIVET, Mich. -- No. 5 Trine set or tied four NCAA Division III records and numerous team records in a 34-0 and 19-0 sweep of Olivet. Trine senior Sarah Belote set two records (total bases and RBIs) and tied another (home runs) as the Thunder set one (total bases) as a team. The wins improve the Thunder to 21-3 on the season and 4-0 in the MIAA.
Trine came out of the gates quickly as they scored five runs in the top of the first. The first four batters reached base as sophomore Amy Newell drove in a run on a single and senior Andi Gasco drove in a pair on a double. With two outs, Belote drove in another on a single.
The Thunder put another five spot on the board in the second. After a leadoff triple from freshman Carly Searles, freshman Kaitlyn Clark scored her on a sacrifice fly. The Thunder then got consecutive doubles by Newell, Gasco and senior Lauren Harris to plate a pair of runs. Then with two outs, Belote hit her first home run of the game to close out the inning.
In the third, Trine plated seven runs, all coming with at least one out. After back-to-back singles by Clark and Newell, Gasco hit her 12th homer of the season. After a Lauren Harris double and a walk, Belote went yard for the second time. Trine added a run on an RBI single by Searles with two outs.
The Thunder offense kept it going in the fourth as they plated 11 runs in the inning. Lauren Harris hit her sixth homer of the season, a two-run shot, and Belote followed with a two-run shot of her own. Sophomore Rachel Harris then tripled and scored on a ground out by junior Haleigh Daniels. The Thunder added runs on a double by Newell and a bases loaded double by Belote that scored all three runners.
The scoring barrage came to a close in the fifth as Trine plated their final six runs. Trine got leadoff doubles from Daniels and Searles and then Clark got in on the action with her fourth home run of the year. Two outs later, Hall singled after Lauren Harris had reached on a fielder’s choice. Belote stepped in and delivered on her fourth home run of the game and her second three-run shot.
Gasco earned her 10th win of the season as she went four innings while allowing just one hit, while striking out a season-high 10. Freshman Justine Robles came on for the fifth inning and struck out all three batters she faced.
Belote went 6-for-6 in game one including four home runs, which ties a NCAA Division III record, to go along with an NCAA Collegiate (DI, DII and DIII) record with 14 RBIs and 19 total bases. Belote now shares the individual record for homers in a game with two other players, Lynn Herman and Giovanna Roberson.
The six hits by Belote ranks tied for second all-time in DIII. Belote also had three consecutive home runs in the game (second, third and fourth innings) which is tied for fourth in DIII history.
As a team, the Thunder also put their mark in the DIII record book as they collected 63 total bases which broke the mark of 58 set by Hunter vs. Baruch on April 6, 2000.
After all of the excitement that game one brought, the Thunder still had to play game two against the Comets. Trine struck early, scoring eight runs in the bottom of the first. Trine had their streak of nine consecutive innings, scoring a run come to a halt in the second as just one batter reached base.
In the third, Trine got a pair of doubles to lead off the inning by Rachel Harris and Daniels, which scored Harris. Daniels then scored on a single by Searles.
The Thunder plated eight more runs in the bottom of the fourth, all coming with two outs.
Sophomore Bree Fuller earned her eighth win of the season as she also went four innings while striking out seven and allowing just three hits. Robles again came on for the final inning to strike out two of the three batters she faced.
All 12 of Trine’s batters that went to the plate on the afternoon collected at least one hit. Also, every Trine starter collected at least three hits and scored at least two runs as the Thunder hit .603 on the day while collecting 47 hits, including 15 doubles, nine home runs and three triples.
Belote led the way going 7-for-9 on the day with five home runs, 16 RBIs and seven runs scored. Gasco went 6-for-7 at the plate with seven runs, six RBIs and three walks. Newell also collected six hits on the afternoon to go along with six RBIs and six runs scored. Rachel Harris also collected six hits to go along with two runs.
During their home run barrage in game one, the Thunder set a new single-season record, eclipsing the mark of 41 that was set just a season ago.
Also during game one, Gasco set the Trine career record for most doubles with 39, surpassing the mark of 38 set by Kara Graham (2006-2009).