WORCESTER, Mass. – Game one was scoreless until the seventh inning and game two was a one-run affair as the Holy Cross softball team was swept by Colgate in a Patriot League doubleheader Sunday afternoon. With the pair of losses, Holy Cross falls to 15-22 overall (8-6 Patriot League), while Colgate improves to 21-17 overall and earns a spot in the Patriot League Tournament with a 12-1 league record.
The day's first game turned out to be a pitchers dual with Holy Cross freshman Kali Haas (Longmont, Colo.) battling Colgate's Rachel LeCoq on the mound. Both pitchers kept the runners off the bases until the third inning when senior Tiffany Medwid (Imperial, Pa.) drew a walk for the first base runner of the game. Colgate got the first hit of the day in the top of the fourth, but the game was scoreless the first six innings. With one out in the seventh, a single followed by a fielder's choice put runners on first and second. A Holy Cross throwing error moved Colgate's runners to second and third before a sacrifice fly by Natalie Siedhof scored the Raiders' first run of the day. Emma Dolfi followed Siedhof with a single to center field to score the only two runs of the game.
Haas pitched seven complete innings, allowing five hits and no earned runs. LeCoq also pitched a complete game, allowing no runs on two hits. Colgate scored its two runs on five hits and didn't commit any errors, while the Crusaders were held to just two hits and committed one error.
Holy Cross jumped out to an early lead in the first inning when senior Erin Fleming (Townsend, Mass.) scored a run. Fleming reached first on a single and then moved up a bag on a single by senior Keeley Seniuk (Phoenix, Ariz.). Both runners moved up a base on a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly by junior Gwen Reimer (Pottsville, Pa.) scored Fleming from third. In the third inning, Colgate put together two hits to score two runs. With two outs and the bases loaded, the Raiders scored on a passed ball and a wild pitch to take the lead. Holy Cross was held hitless for the final five innings, falling to the Raiders 2-1.
Senior Caitlin Belanger (Fall River, Mass.) pitched six complete innings, allowing one earned run on three hits. Junior Camille Trainor (Worcester, Mass.) pitched one innings, allowing no runs on one hit. Courtney O'Connell earned the win for Colgate, pitching five complete innings and allowing one run on two hits. LeCoq earned the save after pitching the final two innings of scoreless ball. Colgate outhit the Crusaders 4-2 and had two errors.
Holy Cross and Colgate will take the field again, tomorrow, April 25, in the second doubleheader of the series. The first pitch is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. at Freshman Field.