March 17, 2009
SMITHFIELD, R.I. - Sophomore shortstop Tiffany Medwid (Imperial, Pa.) went 5-8 at the plate with two RBI as the Holy Cross softball team split a doubleheader with Bryant Tuesday afternoon in Smithfield, R.I. The Crusaders dropped the first game, 3-2, before rallying for the win, 11-3, in the nightcap. Holy Cross improves to 6-8, while Bryant improves to 5-15.
In the first game of the afternoon, Bryant snapped the Crusaders' four-game win streak, defeating Holy Cross, 3-2. Bryant scored the first run of the afternoon on a solo homerun by Ashley Coon. Holy Cross responded in the third inning, when junior third baseman Mandy Correale (Peabody, Mass.) doubled to score junior pitcher Dettey Audette (New Bedford, Mass.) from second base. Medwid singled to center field to score Correale and give Holy Cross the one run lead.
The Crusaders held off the Bulldogs until the bottom of the sixth inning when Bryant regained the lead with a two-run homerun by Anne Dobmeier. Holy Cross was unable to score in the seventh inning, ending the game in favor of the Bulldogs, 3-2.
Audette (1-4) made the start in the circle for the Crusaders, throwing six complete innings, giving up three earned runs on five hits and striking out three. Samantha Houseal (5-11) earned the win for Bryant, giving up one earned run on four hits and striking out 10 Crusaders.
In game two of the twin bill, Bryant got on the board first, scoring in the third inning on an RBI by Kate Thomas. The Crusaders didn't waste any time, tying the score, 1-1, in the top of the fourth inning when freshman designated hitter Nicole Ortiz (Whittier, Calif.) singled through the left side to score junior catcher Courtney Nealon (Rochester, N.Y.).
The Crusader offense exploded in the fifth inning, scoring six runs on six hits and two Bulldog errors. Bryant snuck an unearned run across in the bottom of the sixth inning before Holy Cross added four more runs in the seventh inning, scoring all four runs with two outs. The Bulldogs scored again in the bottom of the seventh, but it was not enough as the Crusaders took home the victory, 11-3
Sophomore Caitlin Belanger (Fall River, Mass.) earned the win on the mound for the Crusaders, improving to 4-2. Belanger allowed two earned runs on nine hits, striking out six, while Houseal suffered the loss for the Bulldogs and falls to 5-12.
Holy Cross will continue competition on the road, traveling to Brown for a single game on Wednesday, March 18 at 4:00 p.m.