CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A strong offensive performance by Harvard and defensive miscues by the Crusaders resulted in a pair of losses for the Holy Cross softball team Tuesday night in Cambridge, Mass. The Crimson led the entire game in the first game of the day, winning by a score of 8-1 and then came from behind to pick up their second win, 13-4, in game two. With the sweep, Holy Cross falls to 12-17, while Harvard improves to 22-12.
Harvard wasted no time getting on the scoreboard in game one, jumping on sophomore pitcher Jenna Legros (Sandy Hook, Conn.) for three runs on four hits. Harvard led off the second inning with a double that led to its fourth run of the game before the Crusaders put a run on the board in the fourth. With one out, senior Caitlin Belanger (Fall River, Mass.) doubled off the center field wall. Belanger stole third, marking her 13th stolen base of the season and setting a new Holy Cross stolen base record with her 49th of her career, and then took advantage of a dropped third strike to score on a hook slide into home.
Harvard added a run in the fourth and three in the fifth to end the game, 8-1. Legros pitched four complete innings in the loss, allowing five runs on eight hits. Freshman Julia Barrett (Gardner, Mass.) entered the game in relief, allowing just one hits. Harvard's Rachel Brown pitched six complete in the win, giving up one run on six hits and striking out nine. Mari Zumbro pitched the final inning, allowing just one hit.
Holy Cross wasted no time scoring in the second game of the day as the Crusaders took a two run lead in the first inning. Belanger led off the game with a walk, moved up a bag on a single by freshman Alex Gustafson (Medford, Mass.) and then scored on a single by senior Keeley Seniuk (Phoenix, Ariz.). Gustafson then scored on a single by junior Gwen Reimer (Pottsville, Pa.) to put the Crusaders up, 2-0.
Gustafson led off the third inning with a walk, Seniuk singled to get on base and both scored on a triple by Reimer, putting Holy Cross ahead by four runs. Harvard began marking its comeback in the bottom of the inning, scoring three runs on three hits. The Crimson exploded for five runs in the fourth inning to take the lead before adding five more runs in the sixth for the 13-4 win.
Belanger pitched the first three and one-third innings and freshman Kali Haas (Longmont, Colo.) pitched the final two and two-thirds. Belanger allowed seven runs on seven hits, while Haas allowed six runs on seven hits. Julia Moore earned the start of the Crimson, pitching two and one-third innings and allowing four runs on six hits. Zumbro picked up her first win of the season in three and two-thirds innings pitched. Zumbro held the Crusaders scoreless and only allowed one hit.
Holy Cross returns to Patriot League action this weekend, April 16-17, with a four-game set against Bucknell. First pitch is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. both days.