STONY BROOK, N.Y. – The Holy Cross softball team was outscored 16-4 Saturday afternoon as it dropped a pair of games in the opening day of action at the Stony Brook Invitational. The Crusaders suffered an 11-2 defeat to Fairfield, before falling by a score of 5-2 to tournament host Stony Brook. With the two losses, Holy Cross falls to 4-8 overall. The Crusaders will continue action at Stony Brook on Sunday, March 20 when they take the field against Fairfield at 12:30 p.m. and Stony Brook at 2:30 p.m.
Holy Cross vs. Fairfield
Fairfield scored three runs on three hits and took advantage of two Holy Cross errors to take an early three run lead in the second inning. The Stags doubled their lead in the fourth inning after stringing together four hits and scoring three runs. Fairfield put one more run on the score board to take a 7-0 lead before Holy Cross was finally able to break through tough Fairfield pitching and score. With two outs in the fifth inning, junior Gwen Reimer (Pottsville, Pa.) doubled to center field to score senior Tiffany Medwid (Imperial, Pa.) from third base and senior Caitlin Belanger (Fall River, Mass.) from second. Fairfield wasted no time scoring again, as it put up four runs in the sixth inning to take an 11-2 lead. Holy Cross was unable to score in the bottom of the inning, ending the game in favor of the Stags.
Freshman Kali Haas (Longmont, Colo.) made the start in the circle for the Crusaders, pitching 3.2 innings and suffering her second loss of the season. Haas allowed three earned runs on eight hits and struck out two batters. Sophomore Jenna Legros (Sandy Hook, Conn.) pitched the final 2.1 innings, allowing three earned runs on four hits. Fairfield's Rebecca Trott picked up her second win of the season after allowing just two runs on four hits and striking out 11 Holy Cross batters. Fairfield scored 11 runs on 12 hits and didn't commit any errors, while Holy Cross scored two runs on four hits and had six errors.
Holy Cross vs. Stony Brook
Stony Brook scored the first run of the game in the second inning, but the Crusaders tied the game in the third inning when freshman Alex Gustafson (Medford, Mass.) blasted her first career home run over the left field fence. The game remained tied until the sixth inning when Stony Brook's Jessica Combs hit a three run home run to give the Seawolves a three run lead. Stony Brook went ahead by four runs in the seventh inning and Holy Cross scored its second run of the day in the bottom of the inning, but the Crusaders' two-out rally fell short, ending the game in favor of Stony Brook, 5-2.
Belanger pitched seven complete innings for the Crusaders, allowing four earned runs and giving up 12 hits. Stony Brook's Taylor Chain pitched all but the last out in the win, allowing two earned runs on nine hits. Stony Brook scored five runs on 12 hits and committed one error, while the Crusaders scored two runs on nine hits and made one error.