WORCESTER, Mass. – The Holy Cross softball team saw its offense stifled at the hands of the Central Connecticut Blue Devils Tuesday afternoon, as the Crusaders dropped a pair of games in their final outing at Freshman Field. CCSU snuck out a 3-2 win in game one and then put together a big inning in the night cap to win, 5-0. With the losses, Holy Cross falls to 18-26 overall, while the Blue Devils improve to 27-20-1.
Holy Cross marked the first hits of the game in the bottom of the second inning, but it was CCSU that struck first at the plate. In the third inning, the Blue Devils put together a game of small ball to score their first run. A leadoff single was advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt, moved to third on an infield single and scored with another sacrifice bunt. The Blue Devils took advantage of a leadoff walk and a Holy Cross error in the fourth inning to score two runs and take a 3-0 lead.
Holy Cross' offense was able to put a run on the board in the sixth inning after a leadoff single by senior Erin Fleming (Townsend, Mass.) started a small rally. Fleming moved all the way to third on a double by sophomore Sam Fregenti (Melville, N.Y.) before scoring on an error by the CCSU third baseman. The Crusaders threatened again in the seventh, scoring one run on two hits. After entering the game to pinch run for junior Nicole Ortiz (Whittier, Calif.), freshman Sarah Free (Claremont, Calif.) scored the Crusaders' second run of the game on a sacrifice fly by junior Camille Trainor (Worcester, Mass.). Holy Cross' rally ended there as the Crusaders fell, 3-2.
Freshman Kali Haas (Longmont, Colo.) suffered the loss for the Crusaders, pitching six complete innings and allowing three runs, one earned, on four hits. Sophomore Jenna Legros (Sandy Hook, Conn.) pitched the final inning for the Crusaders. CCSU's Jordan Tingley picked up her 10th win, pitching six complete innings and allowing two runs, one earned, on eight hits. Liz Montemurro earned the save after pitching the final inning and allowing no runs on one hit.
After three scoreless innings, it was the Blue Devils that struck first in the day's finale. CCSU put together two hits in the fourth inning to score a run and take an early lead. The game remained 1-0 until the top of the seventh, when the CCSU offense woke up. The Blue Devils strung together five hits and took advantage of a Holy Cross error to score four runs. Holy Cross was shut out of the bottom of the inning to end the game, 5-0, in favor of CCSU.
Senior Caitlin Belanger (Fall River, Mass.) pitched the first inning for Holy Cross, but freshman Julia Barrett (Gardner, Mass.) suffered to loss after pitching the final six innings. Barrett allowed five runs, three earned, on 10 hits. CCSU's Montemurro earned the complete-game, shut out win in seven innings of work. Montemurrow held Holy Cross to six hits and struck out three.
Holy Cross returns to the field on Thursday, May 5, for a single game at non-conference opponent Hartford. First pitch is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.