March 23, 2005

Crusaders Open 2005 Season

March 11, 2005

Kissimee, Fla. - The Holy Cross softball team opened and closed its spring break trip to Florida with wins as it went 4-6 in the Rebel Spring Games.

The Crusaders edged out Saint Peter's, 4-3, in the first game on Sunday, March 6. The Peahens opened with three runs in the first three innings, while holding Holy Cross scoreless until the fifth. Freshman Jayme Elliott (Gardena, Calif.) helped put the Crusaders first run on the board with an RBI single, bringing in freshman Kelly O'Neil (White Plains, N.Y.) home.

Later in the sixth Freshman Amanda Webster (Kenmore, N.Y.) tied the game at 3-3 when she hit a two-run RBI single, advancing sophomore Sheena Stangler (Bremerton, Wash.), who reached base on balls, and junior Megan Lally (Lake Forest, Calif.), who reached first with an error by pitcher Justina Kauffman.

In the seventh, Elliott reach base with a single and advanced to second on a sac-bunt by senior Mary Beth Ryan (Holden, Mass.). With one out, senior Alycia FitzPatrick (Lake Forest, Calif.) singled to right center to bring home Elliott for the winning run. Senior Michelle Greene (Woburn, Mass.) picked up her first win of the season, allowing three runs and five hits.

Later in the day the Crusaders were shutout by Sacred Heart, 8-0. Four Crusaders produced hits, including junior Nicole Dessingue (Schaghticoke, N.Y.), FitzPatrick, Webster and Stangler. In the circle, sophomore Lindsey MacNeil (Plymouth, N.H.) gave up five hits and six earned runs over six innings of action.

On the second day of action, Holy Cross opened with a shutout loss to Robert Morris, 6-0 and finished with a 4-2 defeat to Loyola-Chicago. Ryan and FitzPatrick tallied two his each against Robert Morris, as Greene worked six innings, allowing nine hits and two earned runs.

After dropping two runs to Loyola-Chicago in the second inning, Holy Cross posted two runs in the third to tie the game, 2-2. Junior Heather Johnson (Wrentham, Mass.) led the Crusaders' rally after hitting a single to reach first and came home after an RBI double by FitzPatrick. The Ramblers answered with two runs in the fourth to secure the win, 4-2.

Holy Cross split on Tuesday, March 8, losing to Fairfield, 6-1 and defeating Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne, 2-0. The Crusaders produced nine runs, including three by Lally and two each by Dessingue and Ryan, against the Stags, but were only able to bring home one run. Holy Cross was in scoring position five times before Ryan scored the Crusaders lone run of the game. Ryan, who reached on a single, advanced to second on a single by FitzPatrick and then home with Lally's RBI single. Greene struck out a season-high six batters, allowing six runs on nine hits.

MacNeil pitched a three-hit shutout game against Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne. Through seven innings of action, MacNeil walked three and struck out four. The Mastodones held the Crusaders scoreless until the fourth inning when Webster came home on an error by the short shot, after reaching base on balls. Holy Cross would take a 2-0 lead in the fifth after an RBI single by FitzPatrick to bring in Ryan, who doubled to get on base.

Holy Cross would split for a second time on Thursday, March 10 with a 3-8 loss to Pennsylvania and an eight-run shutout over LaSalle. The Quakers jumped to a five-run lead on four hits and one error after two innings. Lally slugged a three-run homer to left field, bringing in O'Neil and sophomore Beth Richard (Fitchburg, Mass.), who both walked to reach base, in the fifth to drop Penn's lead to two. The Crusaders were unable to score the remaining two innings. Greene threw for two innings allowing five runs, as MacNeil pitched in relief, allowing three runs on three hits.

Later in the day, Holy Cross shutout LaSalle, producing eight runs on 13 hits over six innings. Stangler hit an RBI single to left center to bring in Dessingue, who reached with a single to left field and advanced to second on a sacrifice by Elliott, to give the Crusaders a 1-0 lead in the second. Ryan put Holy Cross up by two in the third after reaching on a single, advancing to second on a sac by Elliott and scoring with steals of third and home.

Later in the fifth Elliot hit an RBI single to bring home Ryan, who double to left center. FitzPatrick went on to single to center field, advancing Elliott to second. With two outs, Desingue hit and RBI double to bring in Elliott to put Holy Cross up 4-0. Elliott brought in the first of the Crusaders' four runs when she single to bring in Richard, who reached base on balls. FitzPatrick hit an RBI single for Holy Cross' sixth run of the day, brining in Ryan, who reached on a fielder's choice.

With an error by LaSalle's Vinnie Caputo at short, Lally reach first, advancing FitzPatrick to second and Elliott to third. Dessingue closed the game with two-run single up the right-side to bring home FitzPatrick and Elliott for a final score of 8-0. Greene pitched six scoreless innings, allowing five hits, walking two and striking out three.

The Crusaders split on Friday, March 11, in their final day of action in the Rebel Spring Games, falling to Toledo, 6-2 and defeating Maine, 4-3. The Rockets scored first in the third inning, before adding another run in the fifth for a 2-0 lead. Holy Cross cut Toledo's lead in half when Elliott hit an RBI single to right field, brining in freshman Shailin Hogan (Brewster, Mass.), who walked to first and advance to second on a sac by Ryan.

In the sixth inning the Rockets jumped to a four-run lead after producing three runs on three hits. Toledo maintained its lead in the sixth, holding the Crusaders scoreless. The Rockets scored one last time in the top of the seventh, before Holy Cross tried to muster a rally in the bottom of the inning. FitzPatrick scored the Crusaders' lone run of the inning on a passed ball, after reaching on a single through the left side, moving to second on a fielder's choice, and then third on a wild pitch.

Holy Cross wrapped up the week with a 4-3 victory over Maine later in the day. The Crusaders took an early lead with two runs in the first two innings. FitzPatrick singled to right field to bring in Ryan, who doubled to left, for the first run of the game. Later in the second Ryan hit an RBI single to center field to bring home O'Neil who got into scoring position after reaching base on balls and advanced to second on Deitz's fielder's choice.

The Black Bears tied the game in the bottom of the third with two runs. After a scoreless fourth inning, the Crusaders posted two runs, including the eventual game-winner. FitzPatrick hit an RBI singled to right field to bring in Deitz, who reached on a single to center field and advanced to second on a single by Ryan and third on a sacrifice bunt by Elliott. Ryan advanced to second on Elliott's sac bunt and came home on an error by the right fielder for the eventual game-winner. Maine was only able to produce one run in the seventh, for a final score of 4-3, in favor of the Crusaders. Greene (3-3) struck out five batters, allowing eight hits and three runs over seven innings.