March 6, 2006
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Maine pitcher Jenna Balent did not allow an earned run in six innings of work, as the Black Bears posted a 3-1 victory over the Holy Cross softball team at the Osceola Complex. The Crusaders fall to 1-3 on the season, while the Black Bears improve to 8-3.
Holy Cross opened the game with a quick 1-0 lead, scoring in the top of the first inning. Sophomore Jayme Elliott (Gardena, Calif.) reached on an error and later scored on an RBI single by senior Megan Lally (Lake Forest, Calif.). Maine tied the score at 1-1 in the bottom of the first, when Erin Provost tripled and scored on a single by Brittany Cheney.
The Black Bears would take the lead with an unearned run in the bottom of the third inning, as Amy Kuhl delivered an RBI single following an error. Maine then concluded the scoring in the fifth inning, on another RBI single by Kuhl.
Freshman Natalie Cruz (Manalapan, N.J.) took the loss for the Crusaders, despite allowing just one earned run on four hits in three innings of action. Sarah Bennis picked up the save for Maine, after tossing a scoreless seventh inning.