EASTON, Pa. – Junior Kelliner Croushore (Claremont, Calif.) blasted two home runs on the day as the Holy Cross softball team swept a doubleheader at Lafayette on Sunday afternoon by score of 10-1 and 7-6 at Metzgar Field. The Crusaders are now 9-13 (3-1 Patriot League) on the season while the Leopards are now 6-15 (1-3 Patriot League).
After a scoreless first inning, Croushore hit a solo home run in the top of the second to put the Crusaders on the board, 1-0. Freshman Emily Jarvis (Hopkinton, Mass.) hit a one-out single in the top of the third and came around to score to increase the Holy Cross lead to 2-0.
Lafayette got on the board in the bottom of the fourth inning as Jordan Parsons doubled and came around to score, cutting the Holy Cross lead to 2-1. The Crusaders put two runs up in the top of the fifth as Jarvis doubled to left field and sophomore Ashleigh Vargas (Wakefield, Mass.) followed with a walk. Junior Alex Gustafson (Medford, Mass.) then doubled to right center field to drive in Jarvis and Vargas and make the score 4-1.
The Crusaders broke the game open in the top of the seventh, putting up six runs. Junior Sarah Free (Claremont, Calif.) led off with a single to right center field. Jarvis walked and Vargas doubled to right center, scoring Free. Senior Sam Fregenti (Melville, N.Y.) walked and freshman Colleen Ahern (Northbrook, Ill.) doubled to right field to score Jarvis and Vargas. Sophomore Emma Keough (Rochester, Mass.) then send a two-out double to left field to score Fregenti and Ahern and Keough came around to score on a single by senior Kat Rosenthal (Boston, Mass.), bringing the final tally to 10-1.
Freshman Gennifer Durham (Abbeville, S.C.) got the win in the circle for Holy Cross and is now 5-6 on the season. Durham went seven complete innings, allowing one run on five hits and striking out five. Melissa Robinson suffered the loss, allowing 10 runs on 12 hits and striking out 10.
Holy Cross got out to an early 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning as Vargas walked, Fregenti singled and Gustafson walked to load the bases with one out. Ahern drove in Vargas on a sacrifice fly to right field and Croushore hit her team-high fourth home run of the season to bring in three runs.
Lafayette responded in the bottom of the frame, tying the game, 4-4. Parsons doubled in Brittany Paul, Robinson singled in Parsons and Allison Thomas hit two-RBI single to score Robinson and Victoria Vergona. After three scoreless innings, the Crusaders broke the tie in the top of the fifth as Jarvis was hit by a pitch and came around to score on a single by Vargas. Fregenti then walked and scored on a double by Ahern, making the score 6-4, Holy Cross.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Leopards tied the game once again as Kristen Berger and Paul each singled and scored. Holy Cross took the lead in the top of the sixth as freshman Hailey Mullen (Plainville, Mass.) singled and scored on a base hit by Fregenti. After a leadoff double by Berger in the bottom of the seventh, junior pitcher Julia Barrett (Gardner, Mass.) retired the next three batters in a row to earn her fourth win of the season.
Barrett (4-5) went seven innings, allowing six runs on 10 hits while striking out seven. Bryn Gornick started the game for Lafayette and went five innings, allowing six runs on five hits while striking out two. Robinson came on in relief, going two innings and suffering the loss to move to 5-10 on the season. Robinson allowed one run on four hits while striking out one.
Holy Cross will return to action on Saturday, April 6, hosting Army in a doubleheader at Freshman Field at 12:00 p.m.