April 8, 2007
WORCESTER, Mass. - The Army softball team combined for 21 hits to sweep Holy Cross, 7-3 and 4-1 Sunday in a conference doubleheader at Freshman Field. The Crusaders fall to 0-8 in the league while the Black Knights improve to 5-3.
Jayme Elliott (Gardena, Calif.) and Amanda Audette (New Bedford, Mass.) had three hits on the day for Holy Cross while Sheena Stangler (Bremerton, Wash.) had two and Mandy Correale (Peabody, Mass.), Kelly O'Neil (White Plains, N.Y.) and Beth Richard (Fitchburg, Mass.) each added one.
In game one, Army drove in two runs on four hits in the second inning to jump out to an early 2-0 lead. The score remained until the Black Knights scored one run on three hits in the sixth inning, 3-0, before Holy Cross tied up the game with three runs off of five hits at the bottom of the sixth inning. Junior Elliott started the Crusaders off with a single and was moved over on a ground out to third by Caitlin Deitz (Delmar, N.Y.). Senior Stangler moved Elliot over to third before Natalie Cruz (Manalapan, N.J.) hit her in to make it 3-1. Freshman Audette hit a single that moved Cruz over to second before junior O'Neil moved the runner on a single with two outs. Freshman Correale hit in Audette and Cruz to tie the game at three.
Army retaliated with back-to-back homeruns in the top of the seventh to go ahead 5-3. The Black Knights had three more hits that inning scoring another two runs. Army held off Holy Cross in its last at bat to win the game, 7-3.
In the second game, Army scored two runs right away in the first inning as Sarah Yates singled and Erin McClain hit a homerun. The Black Knights scored again in the second and third innings to take a 4-0 lead. At their last at bat, the Crusaders scored a run and left one on base ending the game 4-1.
The Black Knights had seven hits to the Crusaders four while Holy Cross left seven batters on base to Army's five in game two.
The Crusaders will travel to play a non-conference doubleheader again Harvard, Tuesday starting at 3:00 p.m.