March 27, 2005

Crusaders Take Two From Leopards

March 27, 2005

Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

Allentown, Pa. - The Holy Cross softball team closed its weekend series by sweeping Lafayette in both games, 13-0 (five innings) and 9-4, on Sunday afternoon at Pates Park, including a seven-hit shutout in the first game.

In game one, junior Megan Lally (Lake Forest, Calif.), senior Alycia FitzPatrick (Lake Forest, Calif.) and freshman Kelly O'Neil (White Plains, N.Y.) each hit home runs, while Michelle Greene (Woburn, Mass.) struck out seven and walked one over seven innings of action to lead the Crusaders over the Leopards, 13-0.

Holy Cross jumped on the board in the top of the first inning when Lally slugged a three-run homer to bring in newcomer Jayme Elliott (Gardena, Calif.) and FitzPatrick, who each reached base on singles.

An inning later, FitzPatrick hit her first home run of the season to bring in three more runs for the Crusaders and a 6-0 lead. Scoring on FitzPatrick's three-run homer was senior Mary Beth Ryan (Holden, Mass.), who singled up the middle and advanced to third on a single by Elliott.

Holy Cross added a single run in the third inning to take a seven-run lead when pitcher Michelle Greene (Woburn, Mass.) hit an RBI single to right field, bringing home freshman Amanda Webster (Kenmore, N.Y.), who reached on an error by the first baseman Kristen Ruckno.

The Crusaders bombarded the Leopards with six runs in the fourth inning. Elliott got the ball rolling for Holy Cross when she singled and then advanced to second on an error by pitcher Therese Taraschi, before coming home on an RBI double by FitzPatrick.

Lally reach base on balls before junior Nicole Dessingue (Schagticoke, N.Y.) hit an RBI double to bring in FitzPatrick, putting the score at 9-0. Sophomore Sheena Stangler (Bremerton, Wash.) hit a two-run RBI singled up the middle to bring in Lally and Dessingue. With no outs, O'Neil hit a two-run homer to left center to bring in Stangler for a final score of 13-0.

In the circle, Greene pitched her second shutout of the season.

The second half of the doubleheader started much like the first when Ryan led off with a long home run to right field. Lally followed with a solo shot three batters later to give the Crusaders an early 2-0 lead.

Lafayette rallied with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first. Michelle Ellis and Erin Pawlak started the inning with walks and Masterton belted a double to deep center field to bring Ellis home. A sacrifice fly by Kristen Ruckno knotted the score at 2-2.

Holy Cross went ahead 3-2 in the second on a two-out single by Ryan. The Leopards threatened in the third when Masterton led off with a single and Kathryn Longshore advanced her to second on a sacrifice, but was thrown out advancing to third as the left fielder covered the vacant base.

FitzPatrick and Lally started the fifth with back-to-back base hits and moved up a base on a sacrifice bunt by Dessingue. Freshman Caitlin Deitz (Delmar, N.Y.), a pinch runner, and Lally both scored on a clean single up the middle by O'Neil. A single by junior Heather Johnson (Wrentham, Mass.) plated O'Neil and extended the Crusaders' advantage to 6-2.

Lafayette put runners on second and third in the fifth, but Ruckno's two-out fly to center was pulled in by Ryan just short of the fence. Holy Cross used three hits and an error to score twice in the sixth and go ahead 8-2, and a run in the seventh completed the scoring for the Crusaders.

Longshore doubled to the gap in left center to plate Samantha Lucas and Pawlak in the seventh.

Sophomore Lindsey MacNeil (Plymouth, N.H.) went the distance, allowing just two earned runs, for her fourth complete game of the season for Holy Cross (6-8, 2-2 PL).

Holy Cross' next schedule game is slated for Saturday-Sunday, April 2-3, when it plays host to Patriot League rival Army at Freshman Field.