BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Lehigh pitchers allowed just three hits in two games as the Holy Cross softball team struggled offensively and was swept in a doubleheader against the Mountain Hawks on Sunday afternoon at Kaufman Field. The Crusaders are now 13-25 on the season and 7-9 in the Patriot League while Lehigh moves to 29-14-1 (13-3 Patriot League).
After two scoreless innings, Lehigh took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning as Morgan Decker hit a two-run home run to right field. The Mountain Hawks added a run in the bottom of the third when Emma Capetz scored on a single by Jacqi Kennedy to make the score 3-0. The home team increased its advantage to 7-0 in the bottom of the fifth on two, two-run, singles by Cassie Waggy and Carissa Zito, respectively.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Alexis Watanabe singled to left field and scored on a double by Decker to end the game, 8-0, in favor of Lehigh. Senior Sam Fregenti (Melville, N.Y.) singled in the top of the first and fellow classmate Kat Rosenthal (Boston, Mass.) singled in the top of the third for the only two hits of the game off Mountain Hawk pitcher Rebecca Bliss.
Holy Cross freshman starting pitcher Gennifer Durham (Abbeville, S.C.) took the loss to move to 7-11 on the season. She went four innings and allowed four runs on six hits while striking out one. Senior Jenna Legros (Sandy Hook, Conn.) come on in relief to pitch one and one-third innings and strike out one. Bliss (16-6) pitched six innings for Lehigh and struck out 11 batters.
Lehigh took an early lead in the bottom of the first inning as Rosie Roessel doubled and scored as Watanabe reached on a Holy Cross error and advanced all the way to third. Waggy then drove in Watanabe on a fielder's choice to make the score 2-0, Mountain Hawks, after one complete.
In the bottom of the fourth, Lehigh doubled its lead to 4-0 as Emily Bausher sinlged and scored on a single by Jessica Calvini. Calvini then scored on a fielder's choice by Roessel. Bausher, Lehigh's starting pitcher, had a no-hitter through four and two-thirds innings until junior Sarah Free (Claremont, Calif.) singled in the top of the fifth inning. It was the lone hit for the Crusaders in the game.
Bausher posted a complete game win to move to 12-6 on the season and struck out 13 batters in the process. Holy Cross junior pitcher Julia Barrett (Gardner, Mass.) went six innings and allowed four runs (two earned) on six hits while striking out two to move to 6-9 on the season.
The Crusaders will conclude its non-conference schedule on Tuesday, April 23, hosting Marist at Freshman Field for a doubleheader beginning at 2:30 p.m.