March 6, 2006
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Sophomore Kelly O'Neil (White Plains, N.Y.) drove in two runs, but it was not enough as the Holy Cross softball team suffered a 4-3 loss to Providence in eight innings at the Osceola Complex. The Crusaders fall to 1-2 on the season, while Friars improve to 3-0.
Holy Cross opened the scoring in the bottom of the fourth inning, when senior Megan Lally (Lake Forest, Calif.) tripled and scored on an RBI groundout by junior Sheena Stangler (Bremerton, Wash.). Providence tied the score at 1-1 in the fifth, on an RBI double by Tara Sullivan.
The score remained tied until the top of the eighth inning, when the Friars scored three unearned runs, while getting only one hit in the inning. Holy Cross tried to rally in the bottom of the inning, as O'Neil delivered a two-run double to make the score 4-3. But Providence held on, as sophomore Amanda Webster (Kenmore, N.Y.) lined into a double play to end the game.
Freshman Natalie Cruz (Manalapan, N.J.) took the loss for the Crusaders, despite giving up just one hit and no earned runs in two innings of work. Stangler also pitched well, allowing one run on four hits in five innings of work. Alisha Levin earned the win for Providence, after allowing two runs and one hit in three innings of action.
Sophomore Jayme Elliott went two for four at the plate, and was the only Holy Cross player with more than one hit.