April 3, 2005
Worcester, Mass. - Holy Cross was unable to maintain a one-run lead in the first game and was defeated by Army, 3-1 in the first game and was almost shutout in the second game until a wild pitch brought the Crusaders lone run of the game for a final second game score of 10-1 in six innings, Sunday afternoon at Freshman Field in Patriot League action.
The Crusaders jumped to a one-run lead in the first inning of the first game when freshman Jayme Elliott (Gardena, Calif.) reached on an error by the third baseman to bring home senior Mary Beth Ryan (Holden, Mass.), who had reached base and advanced to second on an error by Army's second baseman.
Senior Michelle Greene (Woburn, Mass.) held the Black Knights scoreless for two more innings, until Darcy Wilson hit an RBI double, bringing in Lindsay March, who reached base on balls. Army's next at bat, Lisa Huntington mirrored Wilson's play, hitting an RBI double to bring in Wilson to take a 2-1.
Army secured the victory in the sixth inning after Wilson grounded out to the short stop, but drove in March, who reached on a single to the right side and moved to third on a double by Lindsey Gerheim.
Greene (4-5) struck out three and walked one for her sixth complete game, while Veronica Barth (4-3) struck out three, walked one and allowed one run on four hits over seven innings of action.
Army quickly took a two-run lead in the first inning of the second game. With two outs, Gerheim reached after being hit by pitch and then stole second base and came home when Wilson hit a two-run homer. In the third inning, the Blacks Knights added a run when March tripled to bring in Nikki Posey, who scored after reaching base on a single through the left side and then advancing to second on a sac by Lauren Gobar.
In the fourth, Army took a 5-0 lead when Posey hit an RBI single to left field, bringing home Jamie Gjurgevich, who reached on an error by the third baseman, advanced to second on a fielder's choice, and moved to third after when after March reached base after being hit by a pitch. The Black Knights bombarded the Crusaders in the sixth inning with five more run by Posey, Garza, March, Huntington and Gjurgevich, to take a 10-0 lead.
After holding Holy Cross scoreless for five innings, the Crusaders finally mustered a goal when Ryan score on a wild pitch after singling to reach base and advancing to third when Elliott doubled to right center. Sophomore Lindsey MacNeil (Plymouth, N.H.) struck out two, walked two and allowed three earned runs on four hits over 3.1 innings of action, while sophomore Sheena Stangler (Bremerton, Wash.) worked 2.2 innings, striking out two and allowing one earned run on seven hits. Winning pitcher Kelly Trout stepped in for one inning, allowing one run on three hits and walking two.
Holy Cross (7-11 overall, 3-5 Patriot League) returns on action on Tuesday, April 5 when they play a single game against Connecticut at 3 p.m. in Storrs, Conn.