WORCESTER, Mass. – Junior Sarah Free (Claremont, Calif.) went two-for-two with a run batted in and run scored in game two as the Holy Cross softball team split a twin bill with Colgate on Sunday afternoon at Freshman Field. The Raiders took game one by a score of 4-2 but the Crusaders answered in the nightcap, shutting out Colgate by a score of 2-0. Holy Cross is now 13-19 on the season and 7-5 in the Patriot League while Colgate moves to 12-20 (7-5 Patriot League).
The Crusaders got on the board in the first inning for the fifth time in the last six games as back-to-back walks by Colgate pitcher Brigit Ieuter were followed by back-to-back singles by junior Alex Gustafson (Medford, Mass.) and freshman Colleen Ahern (Northbrook, Ill.). Gustafson drove in sophomore Ashleigh Vargas (Wakefield, Mass.) and Ahern scored Gustafson to put Holy Cross on top early, 2-0.
Holy Cross made some outstanding plays in the field in game one as Free made a diving catch down the left field line in the top of the second and Vargas made a diving snag up the middle in the top of the third. Freshman Emily Jarvis (Hopkinton, Mass.) also made a nice catch right in front of the center field fence on the deep fly ball by Mariel Shclaefer in the top of the third to end the half inning. Gustafson then stepped on the bag at third and fired to first for a double play in the top of the fourth to get HC out of a jam.
Colgate came alive offensively in the top of the sixth inning as Schlaefer hit a one-out home run down the left field line to cut the Holy Cross lead to 2-1. After a walk and HC error put runners on first and second, Tera Vaughn singled to center field to tied the game, 2-2. Eileen Ornousky then hit a triple to right field that rolled all the way to the wall, scoring two runs and giving the Raiders the eventual 4-2 victory.
Freshman pitcher Gennifer Durham (Abbeville, S.C.) took the loss and is now 7-9 on the season. Durham went seven complete innings and allowed four runs (one earned) on seven hits while striking out three. Ieuter (5-6) received the win, going five plus innings and allowing two runs on two hits while striking out five. Courtney O'Connell was credited with the save after two hitless innings in relief, striking out one batter.
After a scoreless first inning, the Crusaders took the lead in the bottom of the second as sophomore Emma Keough (Rochester, Mass.) registered a one-out single and came around to score on a single to right field by Free. The Crusaders doubled their advantage in the bottom of the fifth as Free hit a one-out triple over the right fielder's head and scored on a ground out by Jarvis.
With the score 2-0 Holy Cross, junior pitcher Julia Barrett (Gardner, Mass.) allowed a lead-off single in the top of the sixth but retired the final six batters she faced. The Raiders never advanced a runner past second base in the game. Gustafson also made an outstanding diving catch at third base on a line drive to her left in the top of the seventh to help the Crusaders preserve the victory.
Barrett picked up the win to move to 6-7 on the year. She went seven complete innings and allowed just five hits while striking out three. Megan Carnase (2-7) took the lossm, going six innings and allowing two runs on seven hits while striking out two.
The Crusaders will return to action on Wednesday, April 17, at Freshman Field in non-conference action against Central Connecticut. The doubleheader is scheduled to begin at 3:00 p.m.