WORCESTER, Mass. – With the bases loaded and two outs, senior Tiffany Medwid (Imperial, Pa.) singled past the pitcher to score the game-winning run as the Holy Cross softball team defeated Army, 4-3 in game two of a Patriot League doubleheader Saturday afternoon. Holy Cross suffered an 8-7, 10 inning loss in the first game of the day to earn a split and move to 11-14 overall (5-1 Patriot League). Army earned its first league win of the season, improving to 17-15 overall (1-5 Patriot League).
Holy Cross jumped out to an early lead, scoring runs in the first three innings of the day's first game. A leadoff double by senior Caitlin Belanger (Fall River, Mass.) got the Holy Cross offense going in the first inning and an RBI single by senior Keeley Seniuk (Phoenix, Ariz.) scored the first run. The Crusaders struck again in the second inning, when junior Camille Trainor (Worcester, Mass.) took advantage of an Army miscue to score a run. Holy Cross put three runs on the board in the third inning, scoring on two hits and capitalizing on an Army error and taking a 5-0 lead.
The Black Knights began chipping away at Holy Cross' lead in the fourth inning when Alexis AuBuchon led off with a double to left field. A double past third base by Alex Reynolds and a double by Rachael Duval scored two for the Black Knights. In the top of the fifth inning, Army's offense exploded for five runs. With two outs in the inning, freshman Kali Haas (Longmont, Colo.) entered the game in relief of freshman Julia Barrett (Gardner, Mass.), but the damage was done with the Black Knights scoring five runs on six hits to take a 7-5 lead.
Haas settled in and held Army hitless in the sixth, while the Crusaders rebounded for two runs in the bottom of the inning to tie the game. With neither team breaking the stalemate in the seventh inning, the game went into extra innings. The eighth and ninth innings were scoreless before Army's Haley Pypes hit a towering home run over the left field fence to give the Black Knights a one run lead. Holy Cross was unable to rally back in the bottom of the inning, falling 8-7 after 10 innings of play.
Barrett pitched four and two-thirds innings for the Crusaders, allowing six runs on 11 hits. Haas pitched the final five and one-third innings, allowing two runs on five hits. Army's Shawna Bleyl earned the win, pitching seven and two-thirds innings and giving up three runs on six hits. Marina Northup started for the Black Knights. Going two and one-thirds innings and allowing four runs on five hits. Army scored eight runs on 16 hits and committed two errors, while the Crusaders scored seven runs on 11 hits and didn't have any errors.
After a missed opportunity to score on a sacrifice fly, Holy Cross was able to win the second game of the doubleheader in the bottom of the seventh inning when Medwid singled past the pitcher to score the game-winning run.
Army had taken an early lead in the second inning when it put together a perfectly executed series of offensive plays. AuBuchon led off the inning with a double, moved up a bag on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a sacrifice fly for the first run of the game. Holy Cross tied the game in the bottom of the third inning when a double by Seniuk scored Belanger from second base. Two home runs in the fifth inning gave Army back the lead, but Holy Cross didn't waste any time and tied the game in the bottom of the inning, scoring two runs on a RBI single to left field by junior Gwen Reimer (Pottsville, Pa.).
With the game tied heading into the bottom of the seventh, Holy Cross quickly loaded the bases. Senior Erin Fleming (Townsend, Mass.) flew out to left field, but the Crusaders were unable to score, leaving the bases loaded with one out. After a strike out by sophomore Jenna Legros (Sandy Hook, Conn.), Medwid came to the plate with two outs. A single past the Army pitcher was all it took to score the run, giving Holy Cross the 4-3 win.
Belanger made the start in the circle for Holy Cross, pitching five complete innings. Legros entered the game in relief, pitching two innings and earning her first win of the season. Army's Haley Pypes suffered the loss for the Black Knights. Pypes pitched six and two-third innings, allowing four runs on 11 hits. Holy Cross scored four runs on 11 hits and didn't have any errors, while Army scored three runs on five hits and played errorless ball.
Holy Cross and Army will take the field again, tomorrow, April 10, in the second doubleheader of the series. The first pitch is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. at Freshman Field.