KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Holy Cross softball team came up short in both games today falling to Western Kentucky and No. 2 Tennessee on day one of the Tennessee Tournament at Lee Stadium. The Crusaders fell to Western Kentucky by a score of 9-1 in five innings in game one. It was a pitchers dual in game two as sophomore starting pitcher Gennifer Durham (Abbeville, S.C.) gave up just four hits but Tennessee defeated Holy Cross 5-0. The Crusaders drop to 1-5 on the year while The Lady Hilltoppers move to 12-6-1 and the Lady Vols improve to 18-1 on the season.
Western Kentucky scored four runs in the first inning off of one hit and one error. Andi Martin doubled to center field as two runs crossed the plate. Senior Julia Barrett (Gardner, Mass.) earned the start in the circle.
In the second inning Hailey Mullen (Plainville, Mass.) posted only the second hit of the day for the Crusaders. The Lady Hilltoppers scored their fifth run in second as Amanda Thomas doubled to left field and India Steward scored.
As Holy Cross entered the fourth inning the starting pitcher for Western Kentucky, Hannah Miniard, had only given up three hits. The Lady Hilltoppers added two more runs to increase their lead as they maintained a 7-0 cushion through four innings played.
Freshman Emily Krisanda (Oak Hill, Va.) posted the only run of the game for HC after she singled to left field in the top of the fifth. Krisanda was three-for-three in the batter's box in the game. Western Kentucky's offense added more runs to its lead in final inning as the team earned its 12th win of the year in five innings.
Barrett suffered her second loss on the year (0-2) as she pitched four innings giving up six hits and striking out one while facing 23 batters. Junior Tori Cheske (Thomaston, Conn.) came on in the fifth inning and give up two hits and two runs as she faced five batters. Freshman pitcher Miniard earned the win as she is now 6-1.
The No. 2 team in the nation Tennessee had back-to-back walks to start the second inning but they were unable to produce any runs as Durham got out of the jam.
The Lady Vols' Madison Shipman notched the first hit on either side in the game during the third inning. Tennessee struck first as Lexi Overstreet blasted a three-run homerun straight over the center field wall. Through three frames, Tennessee held a 3-0 advantage.
The first hit of the day for Holy Cross came from senior Kelliner Croushore (Claremont, Calif.) with two outs in the top of the fourth as she singled to left field. Sophomore Becky Geddes (Cumberland, R.I.) hit a hard shot up the middle to give the Crusaders the second hit of the game as she is now 3-for-3 on the year. The Crusaders threatened in the top of the sixth but could not produce a run.
Annie Aldrete led off the home half of the sixth for Tennessee by hitting a triple off the wall in left field. Aldrete then tallied a run for the Lady Vols on a wild pitch to increase the lead to 4-0. Barrett came in relief to take over for Durham who threw 88 pitches in the game. Tennessee scored another run off of an error with two outs in the inning to bring the final score to 5-0.
Durham suffered her second loss of the season (1-2) as she pitched five and one-third innings giving up four hits, five runs, walking three and striking out three while facing 23 batters. Barrett pitched two-thirds of an inning. The Lady Vols starting pitcher Erin Gabriel pitched a complete game giving up two hits and striking out seven batters to improve to 4-0 on the year.
Holy Cross (1-5) will be back in action tomorrow at Lee Stadium as the team will face College of Charleston at 9:00 a.m. and Georgia Southern at 4:30 p.m. to close out the Tennessee Tournament in Knoxville.