April 16, 2005
Worcester, Mass. - Despite three players hitting over .500 the Crusaders were swept, 6-4 (9 innings) and 7-3, Saturday afternoon by Bucknell in Patriot League action at Freshman Field on the campus of the College of the Holy Cross. Senior Alycia FitzPatrick (Lake Forest, Calif.) and junior Nicole Dessingue (Schaghticoke, N.Y.) lead the Crusaders at the plate, each going 5-for-8 and combined for three RBIs. Senior Mary Beth Ryan (Holden, Mass.) hit .500, including two doubles, while senior Michelle Greene (Woburn, Mass.) struck out a season-high 16 batters and threw her eighth complete game.
The Bison jumped to an early lead in the first game when Lauren Wible hit a solo home-run to right center. The Crusaders answered with a run in the bottom of the second when sophomore Sheena Stangler (Bremerton, Wash.) scored on a wild pitch by Bucknell's Christie Wiest.
Holy Cross went on to take a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the third, when FitzPatrick hit an RBI double to left center field, brining in Ryan, who doubled to left center, as well. After a pitching change, Dessingue doubled through the right side, bringing home FitzPatrick.
Bucknell responded with one run in the top of the fourth as Greene walked in a run. The Crusaders responded with a run in the bottom half of the inning as freshman Jayme Elliott (Gardena, Calif.) hit an RBI single to drive in designated player Lindsey MacNeil (Plymouth, N.H.), who singled to reach and moved into scoring position on an error by the catcher.
On her second solo-homer of the game, Wible brought the Bison within one of tying the game in the top of the sixth. Jennifer James went on to hit a solo home run herself, to tie game at four-all in the seventh and take the game into extra innings. Newcomer Megan Fink slugged a two-run homer in the top of the ninth to put Bucknell up 6-4.
In the circle, Greene fanned 16 while allowing six runs on 10 hits over nine innings of action. Winning pitcher Julie Williams stepped in for 6.2 innings, striking out four and allowing only one run on seven hits.
In game two both sides were scoreless until the top of the third when Wible slammed her third homer of the day to drive in three runs.
Holy Cross rallied over two innings with three runs to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth. After striking out, MacNeil reached first on an error by the catcher, which brought in junior Megan Lally (Lake Forest, Calif.), who singled to reach base. Later in the sixth, FitzPatrick hit an RBI single to have Ryan score, who singled to reach and moved into scoring position on an error by the Bison's first baseman. On a sacrifice fly to center field, Lally drove in Elliott before FitzPatrick was tagged out at second.
Bucknell exploded with four runs in the seventh inning for a final score of 7-3. Senior Jill Pompeii hit an RBI single to drive in Ashley Sarcnecky to take a 4-3 lead. With two outs, Megan Good hit a three-run triple to bring in Wible, Pompeii and James.
Stangler struck out three and walked one while allowing nine hits and six runs over 6.1 innings of action. Relief pitcher MacNeil struck out one and allowed one run on one hit. Grabbing the win for the Bison was Lisa Vaccaro, who worked 4.1 innings and allowed one run and seven hits. Making the save was game one winning pitcher Williams, who threw one inning and allowing only one hit.
Holy Cross (7-22 overall, 3-11 Patriot League) returns to Freshman Field on Sunday, April 17 to complete the weekend series with Bucknell with the doubleheader commencing at noon.