April 16, 2006
WORCESTER, Mass. - Sophomore center fielder Jayme Elliott (Gardena, Calif.) singled in the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning as the Holy Cross softball team defeated first place Lehigh, 4-3, in the first game of a doubleheader, while Lehigh won the second game by a score of 4-1, this afternoon at Freshman Field. The Crusaders are now 7-22 overall and 3-9 in the Patriot League, while the Mountain Hawks are 28-10 and 11-1 in league games. Holy Cross' win stopped Lehigh's Patriot League regular season winning streak at a league record 44 games.
In the first game, Lehigh's Mary Wieder hit a two-run home run over the right field fence in the top of the first inning to give the Mountain Hawks an early 2-0 lead.
The Crusaders answered back to tie the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the second inning. Junior Sheena Stangler (Bremerton, Wash.) and senior Nicole Dessingue (Schaghticoke, N.Y.) each walked to start off the inning and each advanced a base on a sacrifice bunt by freshman Brooke Perrone (Southington, Conn.). Sophomore Amanda Webster (Kenmore, N.Y.) then hit a single to right field driving in Stangler and moving Dessingue to third base. Dessingue then scored on a passed ball to tie the game.
The Mountain Hawks regained the lead in the top of the third when Lauren Haney hit a RBI double for a 3-2 advantage. Holy Cross tied the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the fourth when senior captain Heather Johnson (Wrentham, Mass.) doubled in Perrone.
With the game still tied at 3-3 in the bottom of the seventh, freshman Natalie Cruz (Manalapan, N.J.) led off the inning with a double to left field and advanced to third on a passed ball. Elliott then singled into right field to drive in Cruz with the winning run.
Cruz earned her first collegiate win as she pitched the final three innings allowing no runs on one hit, while Stangler pitched the first four innings for the Crusaders giving up three runs on four hits. Kate Arico pitched the last 2 1/3 innings for the Mountain Hawks taking the loss, while Stefanie Forlenza allowed three runs with two earned on three hits in the first 3 2/3.
The second game started off scoreless through the first three innings before Wieder double in a run in the top of the fourth for her third RBI of the day. The Mountain Hawks increased their lead to 3-0 in the top of the fifth and added another insurance run in the top of the sixth.
The Crusaders scored a run in the bottom of the seventh when sophomore Rory Ogden (Latham, N.Y.) popped up to first base and sophomore Erica McKeever (Brookfield, Conn.) tagged form third and scored on the sacrifice fly.
Lisa Sweeney won her third game of the weekend as she pitched a complete game with no earned runs on three hits, while striking out six. Junior Lindsey MacNeil (Plymouth, N.H.) took the loss as she pitched the first five innings and allowed three runs on five hits, while senior Marsha Babcock (Ridgefield, Conn.) pitched the last two innings with no earned runs on three hits.
The Crusaders will return to action on Tuesday, April 18, when they travel to Kingston, R.I. to face Rhode Island in a doubleheader. The first game is set to start at 3:00 p.m.