April 3, 2007
WORCESTER Mass. - Central Connecticut softball tops Holy Cross 2-0 and 13-3 in a non-conference doubleheader Tuesday at Freshman Field. The Blue Devils improve to 7-19 overall while the Crusaders fall to 2-21 on the season.
Central Connecticut had eight hits in the first game while Holy Cross had four. The Blue Devils and Crusaders each had nine hits in the second game.
In game one, Central Connecticut loaded the bases with one out in the second inning on two hits and an error, but Holy Cross freshman pitcher, Melissa Pivonka (Tolland, Conn.) struck one out and forced a ground ball to get out of a jam. In the top of the fifth inning the Blue Devils cashed in after Jessica Caron singled to leftfield. She was bunted over to second by Tiffany Erickson before being moved over to third on a singe from Karen Costes and hit in by Melissa Pelletier to make it a 1-0 ball game.
The Blue Devils loaded the bases again in the sixth inning on a hit and two walks, but Pivonka caught Caron looking and forced a ground out to end the inning before Central Connecticut could score. The Blue Devils came back in the seventh to score one more and held off the Crusaders in their last at bat to win the game, 2-0.
In the second game of the doubleheader, Central Connecticut started the game 1-0 in the second inning off of two walks and a triple and scored in every inning after. The Crusaders were down by five going into the bottom of the fourth inning when junior Rory Ogden (Latham, N.Y.) hit a single to leftfield to start the inning. Ogden was moved over to second on a ground out and moved to third on a single from Caitlin Deitz (Delmar, N.Y.) and then went home on the throw to make it 5-1.
Holy Cross went on a hitting streak in the bottom of the fourth when Courtney Nealon (Rochester, N.Y.) singled with two outs followed by a double from Ogden. Beth Richard (Fitchburg, Mass.) then hit a single scoring Nealon and Ogden in to make it 8-3. Deitz bunted for a base hit and moved Richard over to second. Amanda Audette (New Bedford, Mass.) came up to bat and hit a hard line drive that hit the pitcher and deflected to the first baseman for the third out of the inning.
Central Connecticut had five runs on three hits in the fifth inning to end the game 13-3 under the eight run rule.
Freshman Audette went 2-for-2 and walked twice in game one while junior Amanda Webster (Kenmore, N.Y.) and freshman Pivonka each had a hit. In game two, junior Rory Ogden went 2-for-2, junior Jayme Elliot (Gardena, Calif.) went 2-for-3 and Audette, Nealon and senior Richard each added a hit.
The Crusaders are back in action when they play host to conference opponent Army Saturday at 12:00 p.m. in a doubleheader.