Softball Splits Twin Bill With Colgate

Camille Trainor

HAMILTON, N.Y – The Holy Cross softball team split a road doubleheader with Colgate on Saturday afternoon in Hamilton, N.Y. The Crusaders won game one by a score of 5-2 but Colgate took the nightcap by a score of 10-2. With Holy Cross down 2-0 in game one, senior Camille Trainor (Worcester, Mass.) hit a game winning three-run home run over the left field fence to lead the Crusaders to victory.

Game One

The Raiders got off to an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Emmie Dolfi singled to left center field driving in two runs. Crusaders' sophomore pitcher Julia Barrett (Gardner, Mass.) settled down after that inning and allowed only five runners to reach base for the rest of the game. Holy Cross struggled offensively in the early innings but Trainor took matters into her own hands in the top of the fifth.

Sophomore Alex Gustafson (Medford, Mass.) led off the inning with a single up the middle and freshman Cassie Girvalo (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) came on to pinch run. Senior Nicole Ortiz (Whittier, Calif.) reached on a fielder's choice as Girvalo was retired at second. Freshman Emma Keough (Rochester, Mass.) also reached on a fielder's choice as Ortiz moved to second and Trainor launched her second home run of the season to clear the bases and give the Crusaders a 3-2 advantage.

In the top of the sixth inning, the Crusaders added two more runs when sophomore Kelliner Croushore (Claremont, Calif.) took a base-on-balls and advanced to second on a single by junior Sam Fregenti (Melville, N.Y.). Croushore stole third and scored on an error by the catcher. Fregenti moved to third on a fielder's choice and scored on a single by Ortiz to make the score 5-2. The Raiders put runners on first and second with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning but Barrett was able to get a strike out to end in the game.

Barrett (7-12) went seven complete innings allowing seven hits and two runs (one earned) while striking out a season-high eight batters. Colgate pitcher Courtney O'Connell (9-10) also went seven innings allowing five runs (two earned) on six hits and stuck out two.

Game Two

The Crusaders scored first in the nightcap after senior Gwen Reimer (Pottsville, Pa.) singled to right center field and Trainor walked to put two runners on. Fregenti doubled to right field scoring Reimer and Trainor crossed home plate on an RBI groundout by Gustafson to make the score 2-0. The Raiders answered with two runs of its own in the bottom half of the inning when Stephanie Hartquist hit a two-RBI single up the middle making the score 2-2.

Colgate took the lead in the bottom of the second scoring five runs on five hits including a three-run home run by Dolfi. With the score 7-2, the Raiders added three more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning including a two-run home run by Natalie Siedhof.  With the score 10-2, the Crusaders were forced to score a run in the top of the fifth to keep its hopes alive but were unable to get a runner past first base.

Trainor (2-8) took the loss going one and one-third innings allowing nine hits and six earned runs. Junior Jenna Legros (Sandy Hook, Conn.) came on in relief and went two and two-third innings allowing three runs on two hits while striking out three. Rachel LeCoq (7-9) received the win going five complete innings allowing two runs on three hits and striking out seven. Colgate is now 17-24 (10-8 PL) on the season.

The Crusaders (9-32, 4-14) will return to the field tomorrow, Sunday, April 29, for its final Patriot League action against the Raiders in a twin bill beginning at 12:00 p.m.