April 18, 2006
KINGSTON, R.I.- The Holy Cross softball team dropped a doubleheader to Rhode Island in non-conference action this afternoon at the URI Softball Complex, losing by scores of 5-0 and 9-1. The Crusaders fall to 7-24 overall, while the Rams improve to 15-18.
In the first game, the Rams got on the board in the bottom of the first when Stefanie Poedubicky hit a solo home run. The score remained 1-0 until the bottom of the fifth inning as the Rams scored four runs. Christine Gentile hit a two-run single, Alyssa Martino doubled in a run and Jamie Plamondon hit a RBI single.
The game went scoreless the rest of the away as Katie Halcomb earned the complete game win as she shutout the Crusaders on three hits, while striking out 13. Junior Sheena Stangler (Bremerton, Wash) took the loss as she pitched the first three innings allowing one run on three hits, while freshman Natalie Cruz (Manalapan, N.J.) pitched the final three allowing four runs on six hits. Senior Megan Lally (Lake Forest, Calif.) went two-for-three at the plate for the Crusaders with a single and a double.
After a scoreless first inning, the Rams tallied three runs in the bottom of the second inning of the second game and added another run in the third to take a 4-0 lead after three innings. The Crusaders cut the lead to 4-1 in the top of the fourth when Stangler singled in Cruz from second base.
Rhode Island would then go onto score three times in the fourth and twice in the fifth to secure the 9-1 win in five innings. Jill Anderson earned the win as she only gave up one hit and allowed no earned runs in five innings. Senior Marsha Babcock (Ridgefield, Conn.) took the loss as she pitched three innings and allowed four runs, while junior Lindsey MacNeil (Plymouth, N.H.) came into the game in the fourth inning and allowed four earned runs the rest of the way.
The Crusaders will return to action on Thursday, April 20, when they host Hartford at Freshman Field in a doubleheader. The first game is set to start at 3:00 p.m.