NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Senior Sarah Free (Claremont, Calif.) went 2-for-5 in the two games as she posted one home run, three hits and four runs batted in to open the 2014 season for Holy Cross. The Crusaders fell to Tennessee State 5-2 in game one and defeated the Lady Tigers by a score of 7-2 in game two as they begin the 2014 campaign 1-1. Tennessee State slips to 7-15 on the year.
Tennessee State got off to a good start as the bases were loaded in the bottom of the first and four runners crossed the plate. After a shaky first inning, senior pitcher Julia Barrett (Gardner, Mass.) held Tennessee at four runs until the fourth as Tayler Shimizu hit a single to right field, stole third and scored on a throwing error. Through four innings, Tennessee State claimed a 5-0 lead.
Holy Cross got on the board in the fifth inning as it scored two runs off of two hits and two errors. Free singled up the middle as senior Alex Gustafson (Medford, Mass.) and junior Cassie Girvalo (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) crossed the plate. Free went 1-for-3 in the game and posted two RBI.
Barrett earned the start in the circle for the first game of the 2014 season for Holy Cross but suffered the loss as she falls to 0-1 as she threw four innings and posted three strikeouts. Junior Tori Cheske (Thomaston, Conn.) came on in relief in the fifth. Shea Morris earned the win for Tennessee State to move 5-6 on the season, giving up three hits and striking out seven batters.
The offense for Holy Cross came alive in the fourth inning of game two as the Crusaders jumped out to a 3-0 lead. Freshman Kylee Malouf (Simi Valley, Calif.) posted her first career collegiate hit as she singled to left field to get the three-run inning started. Junior Emma Keough (Rochester, Mass.) then got on base with a double to right center, adding her first RBI of the season. Free came to the plate and blasted her first home run of the season to left center as she added her third RBI in the series.
Sophomore Sarah Kane (Jacksonville, Fla.) scored the fourth run in the game for Holy Cross in the following inning. Kane posted her first hit of the season in the fifth inning as she singled to left field. Senior Kelliner Croushore (Claremont, Calif.) got a hit past the second baseman as Kane crossed the plate and Croushore earned her first RBI of the season.
The Crusaders knocked the starting pitcher for Tennessee State, Hannah St. Clair, out of the game as she pitched five innings and faced three batters in the sixth. Holy Cross scored three insurance runs in the sixth inning. Freshman Emily Krisanda (Oak Hill, Va.) posted her first collegiate hit (single to center field) and RBI to add the seventh and final run of the game.
Sophomore Gennifer Durham (Abbeville, S.C.) earned the first win for Holy Cross in 2014 in the circle (1-0) as she threw a complete game giving up six hits, walking three batters and striking out two. St. Clair suffered the loss as she is now (0-3). Olivia Gamache came on in relief as she pitched two innings giving up three hits and striking out two batters.
Holy Cross (1-1) will continue its spring break trip in Tennessee as the team travels to Cookeville to go up against Tennessee Tech in a doubleheader tomorrow, Wednesday, March 5 beginning at 4:00 pm EST./ 3:00 p.m. CST.