April 10, 2005

Mountain Hawks Soar Over Crusaders

April 10, 2005

Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

Bethlehem, N.Y. - Holy Cross was defeated twice by Lehigh, 1-0 and 8-3, Sunday afternoon at Kaufman Field in conference action.

In game one the Crusaders held Lehigh to only one run, but it was one too many as Holy Cross was unable to score and was shutout. Senior Michelle Greene (Woburn, Mass.) struck out one walked two over four innings of action before reliever sophomore Sheena Stangler (Bremerton, Wash.) stepped for two innings of no hit ball, walking one and striking out one. With two outs and runners on second and third, Whitney Schenbeck singled to center field, bringing home Jess Young for the winning run.

In the circle for the Mountain Hawks was Heather Hamasaki who threw five innings of shut out softball, before giving way to senior Emily Ling, who worked the final two innings and struck out our batters.

Lehigh jumped out to six-run lead heading into the fifth inning in game two. The Crusaders cut into the Mountain Hawks lead in the top of the inning when junior Heather Johnson (Wrentham, Mass.) hit an RBI single to center field, to advance junior Meghan Lally (Lake Forest, Calif.) home for Holy Cross' first run of the game. Lally reach based on balls, moved to second on a fielder's choice by junior Nicole Dessingue (Shaghticoke, N.Y.), and third when Stangler grounded out.

The Mountain Hawks answered with two more runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a 8-1 lead. Holy Cross squeezed out a second run in the sixth when freshman Jayme Elliott (Gardena, Calif.) grounded out, but brought home senior Mary Beth Ryan (Holden, Mass.), who tripled to center field.

After Lehigh produced runs the first five innings, the Mountain Hawks failed to do so in the sixth. The Crusaders were only able to score once in the seventh as pinch hitter Mallory Centonze (Victor, N.Y.) singled to right center to bring home Stangler, who walked to reach base, moved to second when freshman Amanda Webster (Kenmore, N.Y.) grounded out and to third on a wild pitch.

Sophomore Lindsey MacNeil (Plymouth, N.H.) took the loss for the Crusaders after allowing five runs, four of which were earned, on seven hits. Lafayette's Emily Ling got the win after striking out one and pitching three innings of no hit ball.

The Crusaders return to action on Tuesday, April 12 when they host Siena at 3 p.m. on Freshman Field in a doubleheader.