April 13, 2008
WORCESTER, Mass. -- Senior first baseman Kelly O'Neil (White Plains, N.Y.) had a home run, three runs scored and four runs batted it, but it was not enough as the Holy Cross softball team was swept by Lafayette in a doubleheader at Freshman Field. The Leopards won the first game 6-4 in 12 innings, then took the second contest 6-4 in 13 innings. Holy Cross falls to 3-20 overall and 1-5 in the Patriot League, while Lafayette improves to 15-15 overall and 6-4 in the conference.
In game one, the Leopards took a 1-0 lead in the first on an RBI double by Kasey Karr, before the Crusaders tied it up at 1-1 in the second on an RBI single by sophomore designated player Amanda Audette (New Bedford, Mass.). Lafayette went back in front with two runs in the top of the third, as Karr hit a solo home run and Ali Henry added an RBI ground out. Holy Cross would tie the score back up at 3-3 in the bottom of the third, as O'Neil delivered a two-run single. Both teams added another run in the fourth inning, as Karr hit an RBI double for the Leopards, and sophomore third baseman Mandy Correale (Peabody, Mass.) had an RBI single for the Crusaders. The score then remained tied at 4-4 until the top of the 12th inning, when an RBI single by Kristen Ruckno gave Lafayette the lead for good.
Christine Hilcken earned the win for the Leopards in game one, throwing nine innings of relief without allowing an earned run. Freshman Caitlin Belanger (Fall River, Mass.) took the loss for the Crusaders, despite allowing just two runs on five hits in 8-1/3 innings of relief, and retiring the first 21 batters she faced.
In game two, Holy Cross took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on an RBI triple by junior designated player Natalie Cruz (Manalapan, N.J.). Lafayette came back with two runs in the third inning, as Stacey Kushner and Ruckno both had RBI singles. The Crusaders then tied it up at 2-2 in the bottom of the sixth, with sophomore pinch hitter Courtney Nealon (Rochester, N.Y.) delivering an RBI single. Neither team would score again until the top of the 13th inning, when the Leopards plated four runs, including a two-run double by Kerry Griffin which broke the tie. O'Neil would hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the 13th, but Holy Cross was unable to complete the comeback.
Karr picked up the victory for Lafayette in game two, allowing one earned run on 12 hits, with a 13-inning complete game effort. Freshman Katie Alexander (Tigard, Ore.) took the loss for the Crusaders, giving up two earned runs and eight hits in seven innings of relief.
Holy Cross and Lafayette will meet again on Monday, April 14, with a doubleheader beginning at 1:00 p.m.