March 30, 2009
WORCESTER, Mass. - Junior Dettey Audette (New Bedford, Mass.) pitched seven shutout innings in game two of the Patriot League doubleheader as the Holy Cross softball team split with Bucknell on Monday afternoon at Freshman Field. Bucknell defeated Holy Cross 10-2 in the first game and then the Crusaders shutout the Bison 5-0 in the second game. With the split, Holy Cross improves to 8-16 (2-2 Patriot League) while Bucknell improves to 10-16 (2-2 Patriot League).
The Bucknell offense started the game on fire, scoring five runs in the first inning, all with two outs. Bucknell took a 9-0 lead in the top of the third inning when Jessie Snyder doubled to center field to score two runs and then Mary Pavlovich flied out to left field to score two more.
Holy Cross finally broke through the Bucknell defense in the bottom of the third inning when freshman Camille Trainor (Worcester, Mass.) reached first on a bunt single. Trainor advanced to second when freshman Gwen Reimer (Pottsville, Pa.) drew a walk and both runners moved up a base on a sacrifice bunt by junior Mandy Correale (Peabody, Mass.). Trainor scored the first Crusader run on a ground out by sophomore Erin Fleming (Townsend, Mass.) and Reimer scored on a RBI bunt single by sophomore Katie Alexander (Tigard, Ore.).
Bucknell put up one more run in the fifth inning and Holy Cross was unable to score again, ending the game in favor of the Bison 10-2.
Senior Natalie Cruz (Manalapan, N.J.) started in the circle for the Crusaders, pitching 2.1 innings and giving up six earned runs on four Bison hits. Alexander entered the game in relief, pitching 2.2 innings and giving up one earned run on two hits. Jane Messersmith picked up the win for the Bison, pitching five complete innings and giving up two runs on three hits.
Seeking retribution, the Holy Cross defense shut down Bucknell in the first inning of and the Crusader offense scored the first two runs of the game. Reimer started the game with a bunt single and Correale followed suit. Fleming singled to left field to load the bases, but Reimer was thrown out at the plate. Correale and Fleming scored on a two-RBI single by sophomore Keeley Seniuk (Phoenix, Ariz.) to give Holy Cross the 2-0 lead.
The Crusaders added two more runs in the bottom of the second inning when junior Elizabeth Foley (Charlton, Mass.) doubled to left center field, followed by a RBI double in the same spot by Trainor. Reimer reached first on a single through the left side and Correale scored Trainor on a RBI single. Holy Cross scored one more run in the sixth inning, ending the game 5-0.
Audette made the start on the mound, pitching seven complete shutout innings. Katie McDonald and Messersmith combined for six innings for the Bison, giving up five runs on 11 hits.
The Crusaders continue action at Freshman Field, hosting Boston College on Wednesday, April 1. The first pitch of the two-game series is set for 3:00 p.m.