Softball Looks To Bounce Back Against Lafayette This Weekend
Overall Record: 3-19 (0-4 PL), Last Week: 0-5
Scoreboard: Rhode Island 11, Holy Cross 1, Worcester, Mass., 3/27
Army 8, Holy Cross 0, West Point, N.Y., 3/31
Army 1, Holy Cross 0, West Point, N.Y., 3/31
Army 10, Holy Cross 4, West Point, N.Y., 4/1
Army 5, Holy Cross 3, West Point, N.Y., 4/1
Schedule: Saturday, April 7 vs. Lafayette, Worcester, Mass., 12:00/2:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 8 vs. Lafayette, Worcester, Mass., 12:00/2:00 p.m.
- The Holy Cross softball team will open up the home portion of its Patriot League schedule this weekend, April 7-8, at Freshman Field versus Lafayette. The four-game series will include two doubleheaders set to begin at 12:00 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.
- Last season, the Crusaders traveled to play Lafayette in its first conference action of the season and brought home a series sweep. Holy Cross outscored the Leopards 31-14 on the weekend winnings the games on day one by scores of 5-2 and 10-5. On day two, the Crusaders earned a 13-5 victory in five innings and came away on the winning end of a 3-2 score in 12 innings in the nightcap. Senior Gwen Reimer (Pottsville, Pa.) led the way for the Crusaders going 8-for-15 at the plate in the weekend sweep of the Leopards. She batted .533 with five RBI, four runs scored, a double and a triple, and had the game-winning hit in the 12th inning of Holy Cross a 3-2 win in the final game of the series. She recorded four hits in two of the contests, going 4-for-4 with two RBI in the 10-5 win on day one and then went 4-for-6 in day two's extra inning game. Reimer was named both Patriot League and ECAC Division I Player of the Week. Sophomore Alex Gustafson (Medford, Mass.) also went 5-for-5 with three runs batted in and three runs scored in the second game of the day one doubleheader and went 4-for-8 with four runs scored overall on day two, scoring the game-winning run in the 12th inning of game two.
- Lafayette has a current record of 4-16 and will play three more games before heading to Worcester to play the Crusaders. The Leopards will host Wagner, a team it beat earlier in the season at the Rebel Spring Games, 6-1, in a doubleheader on Wednesday, April 4, and travel to Drexel for one game on Thursday, April 5. Last weekend, the Leopards were swept by Lehigh in its first Patriot League conference action, as the Mountain Hawks outscored the Lafayette by a total of 35-4 on the weekend. The Leopards were shut out in the middle two games of the four-game series and only mustered one run in game one and three runs in game four.
- Leopards' senior Gwen Turner leads the team with a .308 batting average and a team high 20 hits in 65 at-bats. Freshman Kristen Berger is a close second with a .304 batting average tallying 14 hits in 46 at-bats in 20 games. Sophomore Melissa Robinson leads Lafayette in the pitching circle with a 2.04 earned run average and 23 strikeouts in 75 and two-thirds innings pitched. As a team, the Leopards are batting .210 and have a team ERA of 3.21.
- Holy Cross is currently on a five game skid including being swept in a four-game series at Army in its first conference action. Senior Nicole Ortiz (Whittier, Calif.) went five-for-nine on the weekend to bump her batting average up to .308 on the season, leading the Crusaders. Sophomore Kelliner Croushore (Claremont, Calif.) batted .500 on the weekend series bringing her season average up to .298. Both Ortiz and Croushore currently hold three-game hitting streaks and Croushore is tied with Gustafson with four multi-hit games this year.
- Freshman Emma Keough (Rochester, Mass.) hit her first career home run in the final game of the series with Army (4/1) bringing the team home run total to eight. Keough marks the fourth Crusaders to hit her first career home run this season joining freshman Abigail Lang (Londonderry, N.H.), sophomore Sarah Free (Claremont, Calif.) and Croushore. Gustafson, senior Camille Trainor (Worcester, Mass.) and junior Sam Fregenti (Melville, N.Y.) round out the list with Fregenti tallying two long-balls. Fregenti also broke the school record in career home runs earlier this season and has a current total of 17.