March 29, 2007
WORCESTER Mass. - The Boston College softball team shut out Holy Cross 8-0 and 9-0 Thursday at Freshman Field in its season home opener. The Crusaders fall to 2-15 overall while the Eagles improve to 3-8 on the season.
In the first game of the doubleheader, the Eagles took a 5-0 lead off of five hits in the first inning. BC scored again in the third and fourth innings to make it 7-0. The Eagles scored one more in the sixth and held off Holy Cross in its last at bat to end the game early under the eight run rule. Sophomore Natalie Cruz (Manalapan, N.J.) had the lone hit in the game for the Crusaders when she singled in the first inning.
In the nightcap, the Eagles had a 4-0 lead at the end of the fifth and then scored five in the sixth to take a 9-0 advantage. In the bottom of the sixth Courtney Nealon (Rochester, N.Y.). started the Crusaders off with a single. Elizabeth Foley (Charlton, Mass.) then lined out on a hard hit to the pitcher, but Beth Richard (Fitchburg, Mass.) got on base on a fielding error to advance Nealon. Jayme Elliott (Gardena, Calif.) flied out to left field for the second out of the inning, but Natalie Cruz walked to load the bases for the first time in the game. Kelly O'Neil (Plymouth, N.H.) hit a hard ground ball to second but it was fielded cleanly by Boston College to end the game in the sixth inning.
Nealon had two hits while Elliott had one hit in the second game for the Crusaders.
Holy Cross will play host to Colgate in its first Patriot League double header of the season Saturday at 12:00 p.m. and again Sunday at 12:00 p.m.