April 12, 2005
Worcester, Mass. - The Holy Cross softball team was edged out by Siena, 5-3 and 5-4, Tuesday afternoon at Freshman Field in non-conference action. On the day freshman Jayme Elliott (Gardena, Calif.) went 4-for-6 with one RBI, while designated player Alycia FitzPatrick (Lake Forest, Calif.) hit .500 with one RBI.
In game one both teams remained scoreless until the top of the third inning when Siena took a 2-0 lead. Newcomer Jennifer Granato (Clifton Park, N.Y.) hit an RBI triple to left field to bring home Jennifer Griner (Niskayuna, N.Y.), who reached base on balls. Granato then scored on a wild pitch before A.C. St. Cin (San. Jose, Calif.) grounded out to end the inning.
The Crusaders answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning to take a one run lead. Leadoff hitter, Mary Beth Ryan (Holden, Mass.) singled up the middle to reach base then stole second to get into scoring position. Next at bat Elliott hit an RBI single for Holy Cross' first run of the game. FitzPatrick then single and advanced to third on a throwing error by the right fielder and Elliott advanced to third. Junior Megan Lally (Lake Forest, Calif.) then hit a fly foul ball with Elliott advancing home and FitzPatrick reaching third, then home on a throwing error by the left fielder to put Holy Cross up 3-2.
The Saints posted two more runs in the fourth when freshman Andrea Piela (Wallington, N.J.) doubled to right center to drive in sophomore Kelly Boyle (Tewksbury, Mass.), who singled to reach first and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by junior Alyson DeMarino (Congers, N.Y.). Piela then scored on a throwing error by the short stop.
Holy Cross was only able to get two runs the remainder of the game as Siena added an insurance run in the top of the seventh. After Griner tripled to right field, she came home on a passed ball.
Senior Michelle Greene (Woburn, Mass.) (4-6) threw her seventh complete game, fanning four and allowing six hits and earning three runs. Winning pitcher Tara Campbell (Spring Valley, Calif.) (5-7) struck out seven Crusaders and allowed two earned runs on six hits.
The Crusaders produced three runs in the fourth inning to come within one of tying the game, but remained scoreless in the last three innings for a final score of 5-4 in the second game of the doubleheader.
Siena took a 1-0 lead after the top of the first inning when Granato hit a sacrifice fly to center field, to bring in senior Carrie Getz (Slingerland, N.Y.), who reached base on balls, then stole second and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Griner. Holy Cross matched the Saints run in the bottom half of the first when FitzPatrick hit an RBI single up the middle to bring in Ryan, who singled to reach base then advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Elliott.
The Saints took its final lead of the game in the top of the second as DeMarino hit an RBI double to right field to bring in junior Christa Fasano (Hawthorne, N.J.), who walked to reach first and stole second. In the third inning, Siena posted two more runs when Granato slammed an RBI triple to center field to score Getz, who walked to reach base and stole second to get in scoring position. On an error by the catcher, Granato then scored to give the Saints a 4-1 lead. Siena topped off the scoring in the fourth when Griner hit an RBI single to score Boyle, who singled to reach first and moved all the way to third on a series of more singles.
In the bottom of the fourth, Holy Cross fell short of one run of tying the game when it rallied with three runs to bring the score to 5-4. Leading off the bottom of the inning, Elliott singled up the middle to reach first. Next at bat FitzPatrick hit the ball into play, reaching on a fielder's choice, as Elliott remained safe at second after the second baseman dropped the ball in what could have been a double-play. Lally then hit an RBI single, advanced to second on the throw, to bring home Elliott. On a sacrifice fly by junior Nicole Dessingue (Schaghticoke, N.Y.), pinch runner Caitlin Deitz (Delmar, N.Y.) scored. With one out, sophomore Sheena Stangler (Bremerton, Wash.) then grounded out to the second baseman, bringing home Lally.
In the circle, Stangler took the loss for the Crusaders after throwing the last two innings and fanning one. Starting pitcher Lindsey MacNeil (Plymouth, N.H.) worked three innings and allowed five runs on five hits, as reliever McKeever (Brookfield, Conn.) threw two innings, giving up two runs. Winning pitcher St. Cin struck out four and allowed three earned runs on four hits over five innings of action. Grabbing the win for the Saints was sophomore Jannelle Iaquinto (Wilmington, Mass.), who worked two innings and gave up two hits, while striking out two.
Holy Cross (7-18 overall, 3-9 Patriot League) takes on Providence on Thursday, April 14 in R.I. before returning home to Freshman Field to host league rival Bucknell, Saturday-Sunday, April 16-17.