WORCESTER, Mass. – The Holy Cross softball team suffered a 10-0 loss at the hands of the Harvard Crimson on a soggy Thursday afternoon at Freshman Field. The Crusaders were only able to muster two hits off Harvard ace Rachel Brown, while the Crimson plated 10 runs on 15 hits.
Harvard got on the board in the top of the first inning when leadoff hitter Julie Alexander doubled off the center field fence and came around to score on a single by Kasey Lange. Alexander would score three more times in the game and finished a triple away from the cycle having gone four-for-five with two doubles and a home run in the top of the third inning. After the round tripper, with the score 2-0, the Crusaders remained within striking distance. In the top of the fifth inning the Crimson made the task a bit harder by scoring three more runs to make the lead 5-0.
The Crusaders' first hit came off the bat of senior Nicole Ortiz (Whittier, Calif.) in the bottom of the second inning when she ripped a line drive single into center field. Ortiz reached base again in the bottom of the fifth inning when she drew a one-out walk, but she was unable to advance beyond first base in either instance. Senior Gwen Reimer (Pottsville, Pa.) knocked a one-out double over the center fielder's head in the bottom of the sixth and, after stealing third base, sophomore Kelliner Croushore (Claremont, Calif.) drew a walk to put two Crusader base runners on for the first time in the game. Brown was able to get the next batter to fly out in foul territory down the left field line to end the only Holy Cross scoring threat.
The Crimson solidified its victory in the top of the seventh inning scoring five more runs to make the final 10-0. The Crusaders went down in order in the bottom half of the inning to end the game. Senior pitcher Camille Trainor (Worcester, Mass.) suffered the loss and moved to 2-7 on the season going seven innings allowing 10 runs (five earned) on 15 hits while striking out one. Brown improved to 17-4 on the year going seven innings allowing two hits and striking out 11. Harvard improved its record to 29-11 (15-1 IVY) this season.
The Crusaders (8-31, 3-13 PL) will return to the field on Saturday and Sunday, April 28-29, for doubleheaders in Hamilton, N.Y. against Colgate at 12:00 p.m. both days.