March 7, 2006
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Senior Megan Lally (Lake Forest, Calif.) went two for four with a double and two runs batted in, but it was not enough as the Holy Cross softball team was edged by Valparaiso 5-4 at the Osceola Complex. The Crusaders fall to 1-5 on the season, while Valparaiso improves to 3-3.
Holy Cross opened the scoring in the top of the first inning when sophomore Kelly O'Neil (White Plains, N.Y.) singled and scored on an RBI double by freshman Natalie Cruz (Manalapan, N.J.). Valparaiso tied the score at 1-1 in the fourth inning, on an RBI double by Taylor Callahan. The Crusaders then went back in front, 3-1, with two more runs in the top of the fifth. Lally had an RBI double in the inning, while sophomore Jayme Elliott (Gardena, Calif.) added an RBI single.
Valparaiso made the score 3-2 in the bottom of the fifth, on an RBI triple by Megan Carroll. Holy Cross then increased its lead to 4-2 in the top of the seventh, thanks to another RBI double from Lally. But the Crusaders were not able to hold the lead, as Valparaiso rallied for three runs in the bottom of the seventh, with two of the runs being unearned. Following an error, Alicia Ashburn had a two-run homer to tie the score at 4-4. Karen Korb then had a sacrifice fly to knock in the winning run.
Junior Lindsey MacNeil (Plymouth, N.H.) took the loss for the Crusaders, giving up one earned run on four hits in 1-2/3 innings of relief. Andrea Zappia earned the win for Valparaiso, tossing a scoreless inning of relief. Senior Marsha Babcock (Ridgefield, Conn.) pitched well for Holy Cross even though she did not receive a decision, allowing two runs on four hits in five innings of work