March 28, 2009
WORCESTER, Mass. - Junior Dettey Audette (New Bedford, Mass.) ripped two homeruns as the Holy Cross softball team split with Bucknell on Saturday afternoon at Freshman Field. Bucknell defeated Holy Cross 11-3 in the first game and then the Crusaders defeated the Bison 7-5 in the second game. With the split, Holy Cross improves to 7-15 (1-1 Patriot League) while Bucknell improves to 9-15 (1-1 Patriot League).
Bucknell scored two runs in the first inning and one in the second before Holy Cross was able to get its offense started. In the bottom of the second inning, the Crusaders broke through the Bison defense when Audette hit a homerun to left field. Sophomore Sam Lenhardt (Duxbury, Mass.) followed with a single and advanced to third on a single to center field by junior Courtney Nealon (Rochester, N.Y.). Lenhardt scored the second run of the inning on a RBI single by junior Mandy Correale (Peabody, Mass.). After two complete innings, Bucknell had the 3-2 lead.
The Bison scored two runs in the top of the third inning, but the Crusaders continued to fight back, scoring one run in the bottom of the inning. Freshman Gwen Reimer (Pottsville, Pa.) got the rally going after drawing a walk. Reimer then stole second and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by fellow freshman Camille Trainor (Worcester, Mass.). Reimer touched home on the RBI single by sophomore Keeley Seniuk (Phoenix, Ariz.) to bring the game within two runs.
The Crusaders would not get any closer to Bucknell, giving up two runs in the fifth inning and four in the sixth inning to fall 11-3. Sophomore Katie Alexander (Tigard, Ore.) made the start on the mound for Holy Cross, pitching two innings and giving up four runs on five hits. Senior Natalie Cruz (Manalapan, N.J.) entered the game in relief, pitching four innings and giving up seven runs on seven hits. Katie McDonald made the start on the mound for the Bison, pitching six innings, giving up three runs on seven hits.
The Holy Cross offense came alive in the second game, scoring four runs in the first inning on two homeruns. The Crusaders got the inning started when Reimer was issued a free base and advanced to second on a fielder's choice by sophomore Erin Fleming (Townsend, Mass.). Reimer and Flemming scored when Seniuk ripped a homerun. Audette followed suit with a homerun, giving the Crusaders the 4-0 lead.
Bucknell scored three runs in the top of the second inning, but Holy Cross answered back, scoring three runs in the bottom of the second. Back to back walks and a RBI single by Fleming, scored the first two Holy Cross runs of the inning. The Crusaders picked up one more when Bucknell issued a walk to Cruz with the bases loaded giving Holy Cross the 7-4 lead.
The Holy Cross defense held Bucknell to one run in the seventh inning, ending the game with the 7-5 victory. Audette pitched the complete game for the Crusaders, giving up four earned runs on nine hits and improving to 2-5. Three Bucknell pitchers combined to pitch six innings, giving up seven runs on seven hits.
Holy Cross and Bucknell continue Patriot League action tomorrow, Sunday, March 29 at Freshman Field. First pitch in the two-game series is scheduled for 12:00 p.m.