April 9, 2006
WORCESTER, Mass. - The Holy Cross softball team dropped a doubleheader to Lafayette this afternoon in Patriot League action at Freshman Field, losing by scores of 10-2 and 3-1. The Crusaders fall to 5-18 overall and 2-6 in the Patriot League, while the Leopards improve 11-18 and 3-5 in league games. Lafayette took the weekend series, 3-1.
In the first game, Holy Cross grabbed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third when sophomore Jayme Elliott (Gardena, Calif.) hit a two-out double to center field, driving in senior Nicole Dessingue (Schaghticoke, N.Y.) who had just doubled to right field.
The Leopards took the lead for good when they scored three runs in the top of the sixth with an RBI single from Megan Averbuch and a two-run single from Sara Bussiere. The Crusaders cut the deficit in half in the bottom of the inning with a RBI triple from junior Sheena Stangler (Bremerton, Wash.). Freshman Natalie Cruz (Manalapan, N.J.) scored from first base.
Lafayette put the game out of reach in the top of the seventh with seven runs, including a three-run homer by Lauren Belowich and a three-run homer by Sarah Price. Averbuch earned the complete game win as she allowed two runs on seven hits, while junior Lindsey MacNeil (Plymouth, N.H.) took the loss.
Lafayette's Jill Masterton gave the Leopards a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning of the second game with a two-run home run. Bussiere increased the lead to 3-0 when she hit a solo homer in the second inning. Holy Cross responded with its only run of the game in the bottom of the second when sophomore Amanda Webster (Kenmore, N.Y.) drove in sophomore Kelly O'Neil (White Plains, N.Y.) with a single.
Elliott prevented Lafayette from increasing its lead in the sixth inning when she took a home run away from Kristen Ruckno by leaping and catching the ball over the center field fence. The game remained scoreless as Belowich received the win, allowing only one run on four hits. Senior Marsha Babcock (Ridgefield, Conn.) took the loss as she allowed three runs on six hits, while striking out three.
The Crusaders return to action on Thursday, April 13, when they travel to Loudonville, N.Y., to face Siena in a doubleheader at 2:00 p.m.