PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Senior Sam Fregenti (Melville, N.Y.) generated the only run of the afternoon as the Holy Cross softball team fell in a doubleheader at Pennsylvania on Saturday afternoon by scores of 5-1 and 8-0. The Crusaders are now 6-10 on the season while the Quakers are now 10-10.
After a scoreless first inning, Pennsylvania got on the board first in the bottom of the second inning as Jessica Melendez singled up the middle and Georgia Guttadauro followed with a home run over the right center field fence. The Quakers increased their advantage in the bottom of the fifth inning as back-to-back doubles by Samantha Erosa and Brook Coloma drove in three more runs, giving Pennsylvania a 5-0 lead.
Pennsylvania starting pitcher Alexis Borden retired 18 of the first 20 batters she faced before Fregenti stepped to the plate in the top of the seventh inning and blasted her second home run of the season over the right center field fence. The Crusaders loaded the bases in the final frame but were unable to come back and suffered a 5-1 loss.
Borden went seven complete innings, allowing one run on three hits while striking out 12 to move to 5-6 on the season. Holy Cross freshman pitcher Gennifer Durham (Abbeville, S.C.) went five innings, allowing five runs on seven hits while striking out three and is now 4-3. Senior Jenna Legros (Sandy Hook, Conn.) came on in a relief in the sixth inning and struck out one batter.
The Quakers came out of the gate in game two with five runs in the bottom of the first inning. Guttadauro recorded the first run batted in with a single, Kayla Dahlerbrunch drove in one after being hit by a pitch and Melendez scorched a three-RBI double to right center field to make the score 5-0, Pennsylvania.
The Crusaders loaded the bases in the top of the second on three straight singled by Fregenti, freshman Colleen Ahern (Northbrook, Ill.) and junior Kelliner Croushore (Claremont, Calif.), but none came around to cross home plate. Pennsylvania increased its lead to 6-0 in the bottom half of the inning as Sydney Turchin singled and came around to score. Korrine Raby then led off the bottom of the third with a home run to center field as score stood at 7-0, Penn, after three compete innings.
Ahern and Croushore each singled once again in the top of the fourth and advanced to second and third but did not score. Elysse Gorney singled and scored in the bottom of the fourth for Pennsylvania and with the Crusaders unable to score in the top of the fifth, the game ended with the Quakers winning, 8-0. Ahern, Croushore and freshman Sarah Kane (Jacksonville, Fla.) each registered two hits in the game.
Lauren Li (3-0) recorded the win for the Quakers, going five complete innings and allowing seven hits while striking out three. Holy Cross junior Julia Barrett (Gardner, Mass.) suffered the loss and moves to 2-5 on the season, going three innings before Legros entered the game for one inning of work.
Holy Cross will return to action on Wednesday, March 27, with twin bill at Central Connecticut beginning at 3:00 p.m.