Belhaven downs Bruins, 16-1, in NAIA Opening Round

Sydney Robertson drove in the Bruins' lone run.
Sydney Robertson drove in the Bruins' lone run.

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SHAWNEE, Okla. -- Fifteenth-ranked Belhaven (Miss.) College pounded out 17 hits en route to a 17-1 win over the Bellevue University softball team in the first game of the rain-delayed NAIA Opening Round at Firelake Ball Fields. 

The Bruins (35-16) dropped to the loser's bracket and will play at 3 p.m. tomorrow (May 13) against the loser of the tournament's second game between St. Gregory's University and Concordia (Neb.) University. 

The Blazers had 10 extra-base hits in the contest, including three doubles by Dominique Corona, who finished 4-for-4 with five RBIs and four runs scored. 

Jessica Paris (13-4) allowed just one hit while striking out four in four innings of work to earn the victory. 

Belhaven grabbed an early 3-0 advantage in the top of the first inning on back-to-back RBI doubles by Corona and Emily Todd and a one-run single by Denee Crawford. 

The Blazers added three more runs in the second on a two-run triple by Crawford and an RBI single by Corona, to extend the lead to 6-0.

An RBI single to center by Josie Porter gave Belhaven a 7-0 lead in the third. 

The Blazers used a home run, five doubles and three singles to push across nine more runs in the fourth frame, as 11 BC batters came to the plate, giving the Blazers a 16-0 margin.

Bellevue avoided the shutout on Sydney Robertson's RBI single to left field in the bottom of the fifth inning. 

Taylor Mohler (17-8) suffered the loss, giving up nine runs in 2 1/3 innings, while striking out three and walking four.