STONY BROOK, N.Y. – The Holy Cross softball team opened up action at the Stony Brook Invitational on Friday with a 5-1 victory over Yale and an 11-7 defeat to Providence. Freshman Emily Jarvis (Hopkinton, Mass.) led the Crusaders in the triumph, going three-for-four with two RBI and three runs scored. Junior Alex Gustafson (Medford, Mass.) posted four RBI against the Friars, going three-for-three in game two.
Jarvis led off the game with a bunt single and came around to score on a single up the middle by freshman Colleen Ahern (Northbrook, Ill.) to give the Crusaders an early 1-0 lead. After a scoreless second and top half of the third innings, Yale got on the board as Brittany Labbadia was hit by a pitch and stole second base. Jennifer Ong promptly singled to left field to drive in Labbadia and tie the game, 1-1.
The fourth inning went scoreless as each team was retired in order and Holy Cross' bats came alive in the top of the fifth. Freshman Sarah Kane (Jacksonville, Fla.) led off with a single to the left side and sophomore Ashleigh Vargas (Wakefield, Mass.) doubled to right center to put two runners in scoring position. Jarvis stepped to the plate and knocked a double to left field, driving in Kane and Vargas for two RBI. The freshman would eventually come around to score on an error by the center fielder, giving Holy Cross the 4-1 lead.
The Crusaders would add one insurance run in the top of the seventh inning as Jarvis led off with her third hit, and second double, of the game. Senior Sam Fregenti (Melville, N.Y.) drove her in two batters later with a one-out double to left field, bringing the final score to 5-1.
Freshman pitcher Gennifer Durham (Abbeville, S.C.) recorded the win and improves to 3-2 on the season. She went seven complete innings and allowed one run on five hits while striking out four. Chelsey Dunham suffered the loss, pitching seven innings while allowing five runs on 11 hits and striking out seven.
Providence loaded the bases in the top of the first inning as Megan Rollings came around to score on a fielder's choice to give the Friars the 1-0 advantage. After a scoreless second inning, the Crusaders tied the game, 1-1, in the bottom of the third inning after a one-out solo home run by Gustafson over the left center field fence.
Providence responded quickly in the top of the fourth inning to regain the lead, 2-1, on a sacrifice fly by Rollings, scoring Lauren Paiva. The Friars then broke the game open in the top of the fifth, taking advantage of two Holy Cross errors and plating five runs. Sarah Kitterman hit a three run home run to center field after Jessue Bryant singled in lead-off batter Kristie Dederick. Kiarra Baldassari then scored after a two-out single up the middle thanks to a Rollings single to left field, knocking Holy Cross starting pitcher Julia Barrett (Gardner, Mass.) out of the game. Senior reliever Jenna Legros (Sandy Hook, Conn.) was able to get out of a bases loaded jam to keep the deficit at 7-1.
The Crusaders got two runs back in the bottom half of the fifth. Jarvis smacked a one-out single and Gustafson followed with a double to left field. Fregenti drove in Jarvis on a single the centerfielder mishandled and Gustafson crossed the plate as a result, cutting the Friar lead to 7-3 after five complete innings. Providence added three very important insurance runs in the top of the sixth, tallying five singles and a fielder's choice, to knock Legros from the circle. Freshman Mary Stuckey (Dumont, N.J.) stopped the Friar advance, recording the final two outs of the half-inning.
Holy Cross rallied for four runs in the bottom of the sixth as Gustafson hit a two-out three RBI double to center field, plating Kane, who singled, Vargas, who reached on a fielder's choice, and junior Sarah Free (Claremont, Calif.) who pinch ran for Jarvis after she was hit by a pitch. Fregenti then singled up the middle to drive in Gustafson and cut the Crusader deficit to 10-7. Providence added one run in the top of the seventh and Holy Cross was held scoreless in the final half inning as the Friars came away with the 11-7 victory.
Kiara Amos earned the victory, pitching seven complete innings while allowing seven runs (three earned) on 10 hits and striking out two. Barrett (1-4) suffered the loss, lasting four and two-thirds innings, giving up seven runs (five earned) and striking out three.
Holy Cross (4-8) will continue day two of the Stony Brook Invitational tomorrow, March 16, with one game against Yale at 1:30 p.m.