Softball Swept By Visiting Siena

Cassie Girvalo

WORCESTER, Mass. – The Holy Cross softball team suffered two losses on Tuesday afternoon to non-conference foe Siena by scores of 10-3 and 11-0 at Freshman Field. The Saints scored early and often in both games, plating nine runs in game one and seven runs in game two after just the first two innings, to earn the series sweep. The Crusaders were only able to generate six hits total on the day and freshman Emma Keough (Rochester, Mass.) tallied the only run batted in for the team when she singled up the middle in the fourth inning of game one to score junior Sam Fregenti (Melville, N.Y.).

Game One

All but two members of the Saints' lineup scored in the top of the first inning as Siena batted around and took an early 7-0 lead. Junior Shannon Jones led off the top of the second inning with a home run over the right field fence and sophomore Jessica – Jo Sandrini followed with a solo blast to right center field as the Crusaders let up back-to-back home runs for the first time this season.

Holy Cross got on the board in the bottom of the fourth inning when sophomore Kelliner Croushore (Claremont, Calif.) walked and moved to second on a fielder's choice by Fregenti. The next batter hit into a 5-3 double play, retiring Croushore at third but moving Fregenti safely to second. Keough then hit a single up the middle to bring home Fregenti and make the score 9-1.  With the threat of the game ending with Siena up by eight after five complete innings, senior Camille Trainor (Worcester, Mass.) led off the bottom of the fifth with a walk and junior Kat Rosenthal (Boston, Mass.) was retired on a sacrifice bunt to the third baseman. With third base uncovered, Trainor never stopped running and slid safely into third. The throw from first base got past the left fielder, who had run in to cover the bag, and Trainor advanced home to make the score 9-2 and keep the Crusaders alive.

Siena put up a 10th run in the top of the sixth inning but the Crusaders responded once again in the bottom half of the inning when Fregenti singled and freshman pinch runner Cassie Girvalo (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) advanced to third on the error by the first baseman. She scored as another Crusader base runner was caught stealing second, but with the score 10-3, the game went the full seven innings.

Trainor (2-4) suffered the loss going four compete innings allowing nine runs (three earned) on 12 hits. Keough came on in relief for her first career pitching appearance and give up one run on four hits in three innings of work. Sandrini (6-11) earned the win for Siena going seven innings allowing three runs (two earned) on three hits and striking out five.

Game Two

The Saints offensive attack continued in game two as they scored three runs in the first and four runs in the second innings to take the early 7-0 lead. After a scoreless third and fourth, Siena plated four more runs in the top of the fifth inning to take the 11-0 advantage. Senior Nastasha Powlowsky went four-for-four in the game with one run and five runs batted in to lead the Saints.

Fregenti and sophomore Alex Gustafson (Medford, Mass.) each went one-for-three in the game and Trainor added the third and final hit for the Crusaders on a bunt single in the top of the second inning. Holy Cross was unable to get a run across and the Saints recorded the 11-0 victory being ahead by more than eight runs after five complete innings.

Legros (0-7) suffered the loss pitching five innings allowing 11 runs (10 earned) on 14 hits. Senior Amanda Filippazzo (8-9) received the win going five innings and allowing just three hits while walking six and striking out five. Siena moves to 14-21 on the season.

The Crusaders (7-27, 2-10 PL) will return to action this weekend, Saturday-Sunday, April 21-22, for two doubleheaders at Bucknell. Games one and two will begin at 1:00 p.m. Saturday and games three and four of the series are slated to begin at 12:00 p.m. Sunday.