April 14, 2005
Providence, R.I. - The Crusaders dropped two games, a five-run shutout in the first and 2-1 decision in the second, to Providence College on Thursday afternoon.
Leading Holy Cross at the plate was junior Megan Lally (Lake Forest, Calif.), who went 2-for-4 including one RBI, while sophomore Sheena Stangler (Bremerton, Wash.) held the Friars scoreless for six innings before letting up a run, while striking out four and giving up four hits.
In game one, Providence used three home runs, including a pair in the fifth inning, to slip by Holy Cross, 5-0. Freshman designated player Sam Pittman led off the bottom of the third with a solo home run to left center field. It was her second homerun of the season, and gave the Friars a 1-0 lead.
Junior Rachel Bartholomew led off the bottom of the fifth frame with a solo smash to center field followed later in the inning with a two-out, three-run blast down the right field line. The home run looped around the right field foul pole, and nailed the top of the wooden shed beyond the fence.
On the mound for the Friars, sophomore Sara Surosky earned her first individual shutout of the year as she fanned five batters and allowed just four hits en route to her fifth win of the season.
In game two, Providence used a one-out, come-from-behind rally to capture the win. The teams were scoreless thru the first five innings of the contest as freshman Tanza Lewis and sophomore Stangler held both offenses at bay.
Lally tied the game broke the tie though as she led off the top of the sixth inning with a solo home run to right field to make it 1-0, Holy Cross.
With one down, junior Elena Romero reached on a Holy Cross error. Pittman followed with a walk bringing up senior Jaclyn Treveloni. The first baseman crushed a 3-2 pitch deep into center field, a blast that almost ended the game as it caromed off the top of the outfield fence. Romero, waiting to make sure the ball wasn't caught, hustled around the bases and tied the game at 1-1.
Senior Jackie Karsnia followed next and ripped the first pitch she saw into deep left field for the game-winning hit. Pittman scored and the Friars concluded their sweep.
Holy Cross next takes to the diamond this weekend when it hosts Bucknell, Saturday-Sunday, April 16-17 at Freshman Field.