April 17, 2005
Worcester, Mass. - Bucknell closed out its four-game series with Holy Cross by sweeping Sunday's doubleheader, 3-1 and 4-1, at Freshman Field. The Bison used three homer in the second game to score all four runs and secure the weekend sweep.
In the first game senior Mary Beth Ryan (Holden, Mass.) led off the bottom of the first with a solo homer to right center to take a 1-0 lead at the end of the inning. Bucknell answered with a run in the top of the second when Jennifer James hit a fly foul to the second baseman to bring in Megan Fink, who reached base on balls.
The Bison put another runner across home plate in the fourth inning when Jill Pompeii grounded out to the short stop, but in Erin Curatola from third, who doubled to right field to reach base. Curatola hit an RBI single through the left side to bring in an insurance run in the top of the seventh for a final score of 3-1.
Senior Michelle Greene (Woburn, Mass.) (4-9) took the loss for the Crusaders after working the first four innings and allowing two runs on two hits, while walking eight Bison. In relief, sophomore Sheena Stangler (Bremerton, Wash.) threw three innings, striking out five and allowing only one run on four hits. Taking the win for Bucknell was Julie Williams (4-5), who pitched five innings, giving up one run on three hits and fanning three.
After a scoreless first inning, the Bison jumped on the board when Kris Devore slugged a solo-home run to right field. Freshman Jayme Elliott (Gardena, Calif.) spoiled starting pitcher Lisa Vaccaro's no-hitter when she bunted out a single.
Bucknell put two more runs on the board in the fifth when Lauren Wible hit a two-run dinger to right center, increasing the Bision's lead to three.
In the bottom of the inning, junior Nicole Dessingue (Schaghticoke, N.Y.) blasted her first career-homer to center field to cut into Bucknell's lead for a score of 3-1. The Bison matched Holy Cross' run in the seventh when James hit solo homer for a final score of 4-1.
Sophomore Lindsey MacNeil (Plymouth, N.H.) threw her fifth complete game. She struck out three and walked four, while allowing four runs on four hits. Lisa Vaccaro worked seven innings, striking out two Crusaders and allowing one run on two hits for the victory.
Holy Cross (7-24 overall, 3-13 Patriot League) hosts Rhode Island on Tuesday, April 19, for a doubleheader starting at 3 p.m. on Freshman Field.