WORCESTER, Mass. – After taking an early lead, the Holy Cross softball team gave up seven runs in the last four innings to lose to Bryant, 7-2, at Freshman Field Wednesday afternoon. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 13-28 on the season, while the Bulldogs improve to 8-33.
With two outs in the first inning, junior Erin Fleming (Townsend, Mass.) singled down the third base line for the Crusaders' first hit of the game. Fleming moved up a bag on a wild pitch and scored on a RBI single by freshman Sam Fregenti (Melville, N.Y.) to give Holy Cross the early 1-0 lead. Junior Tiffany Medwid (Imperial, Pa.) drew a walk with one out in the second inning and scored on a single by junior Caitlin Belanger (Fall River, Mass.) to put the Crusaders up 2-0.
Bryant began its comeback with a run in the fourth inning and then took the lead in the fifth with two runs on three base hits. Holy Cross threatened in the fifth with runners on first and second with no outs, but three strike outs by Bryant pitcher Jennifer Jacob ended the inning. The Crusaders looked to score again in the sixth inning when, with senior Amanda Audette (New Bedford, Mass.) on second and Belanger on third, Fleming flew out to left field. A strong throw from the left fielder got Belanger at the plate, ending the inning. Bryant capitalized on two Holy Cross errors in the seventh inning to score four runs and end the game 7-2.
Junior Katie Alexander (Tigard, Ore.) pitched the first two innings, facing eight batters and allowing just one hit. Senior Melissa Pivonka (Tolland, Conn.) worked the middle two innings, allowing one run on one hit and striking out one batter. Freshman Jenna Legros (Sandy Hook, Conn.) entered the game in the fifth inning, pitching three compete innings and allowing six runs on seven hits. Holy Cross scored two runs on 11 hits and left 12 runners on base, while Bryant scored seven runs on nine hits and left eight runners stranded.
Holy Cross welcomes Patriot League opponent Lehigh to Freshman Field for a four-game series on Saturday-Sunday, May 1-2. Games on both days will start at 12:00 p.m. Holy Cross will honor its five seniors prior to the first pitch on Sunday.