March 9, 2006
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Freshman Natalie Cruz (Manalapan, N.J.) drove in a pair of runs, but it was not enough as the Holy Cross softball team was defeated by Creighton 10-2 at the Osceola Complex. The Crusaders fall to 1-6 on the season, while the Blue Jays improve to 8-7.
Creighton opened the game by scoring three runs in the bottom of the first inning, with the key hit being a two-run double by Laura Kratochvil. The Blue Jays added another run in the second inning and three more in the third to go up 7-0. Mary Egan had an RBI double and Beth Ramsey added an RBI single in the third.
Holy Cross got on the board with two runs in the top of the fourth. After senior Megan Lally (Lake Forest, Calif.) and sophomore Jayme Elliott (Gardena, Calif.) led off the inning with back-to-back singles, Cruz delivered a two-run base hit to drive in both runs. Creighton concluded the scoring with three more runs in the bottom of the fourth. Bailey Dawson had a two-run double in the inning, while Caitlin Marcano added an RBI single.
Cassidy Nee earned the win for the Blue Jays, allowing two runs on five hits in five innings of work. Senior Marsha Babcock took the loss for Holy Cross, giving up three earned runs on eight hits in three innings. Lally was the only Crusader with multiple hits, as she went two for three.