April 5, 2005
Storrs, Conn. - The Crusaders were unable to rally from a seven-run deficit and were defeated by Connecticut 8-3, Tuesday afternoon at the UConn Softball Field in a non-conference match-up.
Holy Cross put one run on the board in the top of the first inning when junior Megan Lally (Lake Forest, Calif.) hit a single to bring home senior Mary Beth Ryan (Holden, Mass.), who got reached on a walk and advanced into scoring position on a single by senior Alycia FitzPatrick (Lake Forest, Calif.).
The Huskies jump started the bottom half of the first with a solo home run by Mandy Schettini to lead off the inning. With one out and a runner on second, Allie Gendron singled to right field, bringing in Jessica Quan, who reached on a double. UConn continued to barrage the Crusaders with hits, as Holly Calcagno singled to left field, moving Gendron to second to await a single by Jen D'Angleo, to bring home Gendron. Stephanie DiBiase slugged in a three-run homer to round out the scoring in the inning and put the Huskies up 6-1.
UConn's Jessica Gurney struck out the side in the top of the second, before the Huskies added a seventh run when Quan homered to right center. The Huskies added another run in the fourth to put the score at 8-1.
The Crusaders attempted a late rally in the seventh inning when junior Nicole Dessingue (Schaghticoke, N.Y.) hit a two-run single, bringing in Ryan and FitzPatrick, who both singled to reach base. But with two outs, Holy Cross' next batter grounded out to third to end the inning.
Newcomer Ashley Thody made her second appearance as a Husky to earn her first collegiate-win. Freshman Erica McKeever (Brookfield, Conn.) struck out two, walked two, and allowed seven earned runs on eight hits over two innings of action. Relief pitcher sophomore Lindsey MacNeil (Plymouth, N.H.) worked four innings, striking out three, walking two and allowing one earned run on four hits.
Holy Cross (7-12 overall, 3-5 Patriot League) travels to Bethlehem, Pa., to take on league rival Lehigh, on Saturday and Sunday, April 9-10. The Crusaders next home game is slated for Tuesday, April 12, when they play host to Siena at Freshman Field at 3:00 p.m.