WORCESTER, Mass. – Despite hitting three home runs, including a grand slam by senior Courtney Nealon (Rochester, N.Y.), the Holy Cross softball team couldn’t keep pace with Harvard Tuesday afternoon, falling to the Crimson 9-6 and 6-3 at Freshman Field. With the losses, the Crusaders fall to 6-18 overall, while the Crimson pick up two wins and improve to 11-15.
Nealon’s grand slam in the fifth inning tied the game 6-6. The Crusaders, who had been held hitless in the first four innings, capitalized on a Harvard error to extend the inning and score six runs on five hits. With the game tied, Harvard put together three hits in the sixth inning to take an 8-6 lead. The Crimson added one run in the seventh to end the game 9-6.
Sophomore Camille Trainor (Worcester, Mass.) started for the Crusaders, pitching three innings and allowing four runs on eight hits. Freshman Jenna Legros (Sandy Hook, Conn.) entered the game in the fourth inning, allowing four runs on six hits and senior Amanda Audette (New Bedford, Mass.) closed the game, giving up just one hit and striking out one batter. The Crimson out-hit the Crusaders 15-9 and left eight runners on base, while the Crusaders left three stranded.
Harvard jumped out to an early lead with two runs in the first inning, but Holy Cross cut its lead in half with a run in the bottom of the inning when junior Erin Fleming (Townsend, Mass.) scored on a double by junior Keeley Seniuk (Phoenix, Ariz.). The Crimson put two runs across the plate in the top of the second and added two more in the sixth to take a 6-1 lead. Solo home runs by Fleming and freshman Sam Fregenti (Melville, N.Y.) brought the game within three runs and Holy Cross threatened with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning, but couldn’t sneak a run across, ending the game in favor of Harvard, 6-3.
Junior Katie Alexander (Tigard, Ore.) pitched three innings for the Crusaders, allowing four runs on six hits. Junior Caitlin Belanger (Fall River, Mass.) entered the game in relief, pitching four innings and allowing two runs on five hits. Harvard scored six runs on 11 hits and committed one error, while the Crusaders scored three runs on eight hits and had two errors.
Holy Cross will hit the road for Patriot League action in Hamilton, N.Y. on Saturday-Sunday, April 10-11 against Colgate. Game time is set for 12:00 p.m. both days.