COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – The Holy Cross softball team came up short in a doubleheader versus Tennessee Tech today at Tech Softball Field. The Crusaders and Golden Eagles battled it out in game one as Tennessee Tech came away with an 8-7 victory. In game two, Tennessee Tech defeated Holy Cross by a score of 8-0 in six innings. The Crusaders fall to 1-3 on the season while the Golden Eagles improve to 7-11 on the year.
Holy Cross scored the first run of the game in the top of the first. Sophomore Colleen Ahern (Northbrook, Ill.) singled past the third basemen and posted her first RBI of the year. Sophomore Sarah Kane (Jacksonville, Fla.) got the inning started as she was walked and stole second before crossing the plate.
Tennessee Tech got back into the game to take a 3-1 lead in the third as Alyssa Richards hit a homerun off of senior Julia Barrett (Gardner, Mass.) to left field. Through three innings of play, the Golden Eagles claimed a total of six hits to the Crusaders' three.
Senior Sarah Free (Claremont, Calif.) got the Crusaders within one run in the top of the fourth as she hit her second homerun of the season in back-to-back games. The Golden Eagles scored a run of their own in the fourth as Samantha Cook homered down the left field line.
The Holy Cross offense came storming back in the fifth inning as the team put together a total of five runs off of five hits and two errors. Freshman Emily Krisanda (Oak Hill, Va.) started the inning off by reaching base on an error by the second baseman. Senior Alex Gustafson (Medford, Mass.) singled as Krisanda crossed the plate. Free singled up the middle and junior Abigail Lang (Londonderry, N.H.) doubled down the right field line. Two runs came across off of the bat of sophomore Becky Geddes (Cumberland, R.I.). Freshman Kylee Malouf (Simi Valley, Calif.) posted a single and Hailey Mullen (Plainville, Mass.) scored on an error as Tennessee Tech's pitcher was knocked out of the game in the inning.
Tennessee Tech posted three runs of their own in the fifth inning off of three hits while leaving two runners on base. At the end of five innings it was all tied up at 7-7.
Richards single for the Golden Eagles in the sixth to put them up 8-7. Holy Cross had three players come to the plate in the top of the seventh but they were not able to produce a run as Tennessee Tech earned their sixth win of the season.
Barret pitched four innings and struck out three batters. Junior Tori Cheske (Thomaston, Conn.) came in relief and pitched an inning and two thirds. Cheske suffered the loss (0-1). The starting pitcher for the Golden Eagles, Hannah Weaver, pitched four innings as she totaled six strikeouts. Erica Tuck earned the win (1-1) for Tennessee Tech as she threw just over two innings.
The Golden Eagles jumped out a 1-0 lead in the fourth as Oliva Bennett posted a double to left center field. In the fifth, Madison Taylor hit a two run homerun to put Tennessee Tech up 3-0 . Through five innings Holy Cross and Tennessee Tech both had two hits each.
The Holy Cross offense did what it could to come alive but it was not enough. In the sixth inning, the Golden Eagles put together five more insurance runs to claim an 8-0 win in six innings of play.
Krisanda, Ahern and junior Emma Keough (Rochester, Mass.) posted the only hits in the game for Holy Cross.
Sophomore Gennifer Durham (Abbeville, S.C.) suffered the loss in the circle (1-1) as she pitched sixth innings, gave up five hits and recorded five strikeouts. Freshman Maggie Goldberg (Midlothian, Va.) came on in the relief in the sixth as she faced four batters. Taylor Ketchum earned the win for Tennessee Tech as her record now stands at 1-2.
Holy Cross (1-3) is back on the diamond this weekend, Friday and Saturday, March 7-8 as the team travels to Knoxville to take part in the Tennessee Tournament. On Friday, The Crusaders will play Western Kentucky at 10:30 a.m. and No. 2 Tennessee at 3:30 p.m. The following day, Holy Cross plays College of Charleston at 9:00 a.m. and Georgia Southern at 4:30 p.m.