April 15, 2006
WORCESTER, Mass.¬ - Junior left fielder Sheena Stangler (Bremerton, Wash.) had four RBIs, but it was not enough as the Holy Cross softball team dropped two close games to first-place Lehigh this afternoon in Patriot League action at Freshman Field, losing by scores of 6-3 and 3-1 (11). The Crusaders fall to 6-21 overall and 2-8 in the Patriot League, while the Mountain Hawks improve to 27-9 and 10-0 in league games. These two teams will wrap up their four-game weekend series tomorrow with a doubleheader starting at noon.
In the first game, Stangler went two-for-three at the plate with all three of Holy Cross' RBIs. After two scoreless innings, the Mountain Hawks scored three runs in the top of the third with RBIs from Kate Marvel, Lauren Haney and Mary Wieder. Lehigh added a run in the fourth with a RBI single from Marvel to increase its lead to 4-0. In the bottom of the fourth the Crusaders cut the deficit to 4-1 when Stangler hit a RBI single bringing in sophomore center fielder Jayme Elliott (Gardena, Calif.).
After the Mountain Hawks scored a run in the top of the fifth to take back their four-run lead, Holy Cross answered with two runs in the bottom of the sixth to make the score 5-3 when Stangler hit a two-run triple to right field, with two outs driving in Elliott and senior right fielder Megan Lally (Lake forest, Calif.). Lehigh added an insurance run in the top of the seventh and Lehigh's Lisa Sweeney retired the side in the bottom of the inning for the 6-3 victory. Sweeney earned the complete game win as she allowed three runs and struck out 12 batters, while junior Lindsey MacNeil (Plymouth, N.H.) took the loss.
In the 11 inning second game, Lally had a strong game as she went three-for-five from the plate and senior Marsha Babcock (Ridgefield, Conn.) pitched all 11 innings only allowing two earned runs.
Both teams scored a run in the fourth inning as Julie Sterrett earned an RBI in the top of the inning and Stangler drove in her fourth run of the day as she reached on a fielder's choice ground ball bringing in Elliott from third base. The game would remain scoreless until the top of the 11th inning when Lehigh scored two runs to take a 3-1 lead. In the bottom of the inning the Crusaders loaded the bases with one out but could not get any one in as the game ended in a 3-1 score.
Lehigh's Kate Arico pitched the first 6 1/3 innings allowing just the one run, while Sweeney pitched the final 4 2/3 to earn her second win of the day and improve to 18-3 on the season.