STONY BROOK, N.Y. – Home runs by sophomore Nicole Ortiz (Whittier, Calif.) and freshman Alex Campione (Townsend, Mass.) weren’t enough to lead the Holy Cross softball team to victory at the Stony Brook Invitational on Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders fell to Stony Brook and Quinnipiac. A two-run double by Stony Brook’s Brijette Martin in the ninth inning led the Seawolves to an 4-3 victory over Holy Cross in the Crusaders’ first game of the day. In Holy Cross’ second game of the day, Quinnipiac scored the lone run in the sixth inning to defeat the Crusaders 1-0. With the two losses, the Crusaders fall to 4-8 overall.
Holy Cross vs. Stony Brook
Campione gave the Crusaders a 1-0 lead in the third inning when she hit her first career home run and then Ortiz pit Holy Cross up 2-0 in the fifth inning with her first home run of the year. Stony Brook scored in the bottom of the inning and then tied the game in the bottom of the seventh to force the game into extra innings. Both teams were held scoreless in the eighth inning. Holy Cross took a one-run lead in the ninth inning when junior Tiffany Medwid (Imperial, Pa.) scored on a wild pitch. Back-to-back doubles by Stony Brook in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the Seawolves the 4-3 win.
Junior Caitlin Belanger (Fall River, Mass.) suffered the loss for the Crusaders. Belanger took over pitching duties from senior Amanda Audette (New Bedford, Mass.) in the sixth inning, pitching 3.1 innings and allowing two earned runs on four hits. Audette pitched five complete innings, allowing one run on six hits. Stony Brook scored four runs on 10 hits and committed one error, while the Crusaders scored three runs on nine hits and had no errors.
Holy Cross vs. Quinnipiac
An unearned run by the Bobcats in the sixth inning gave Quinnipiac the 1-0 victory over the Crusaders. Junior Katie Alexander (Tigard, Ore.) pitched six complete innings for Holy Cross, allowing seven hits and striking out two batters. Quinnipiac’s Heather Schwartzburg held the Crusaders to just one hit, striking out ten batters. The Bobcats scored one run on seven hits and had no errors, while Holy Cross was held to just one hit and committed one error.
The Crusaders return to action tomorrow in the second day of the Stony Brook Invitational. Holy Cross will take the field against Yale at 10:00 a.m. and Fairfield at 4:00 p.m.