April 19, 2005
WORCESTER, Mass. - Junior third baseman Nicole Dessingue (Schaghticoke, N.Y.) went three for five with a double, two runs batted in and two runs scored, as the Holy Cross softball team split a doubleheader with Rhode Island at Freshman Field. The Crusaders won the opening game 7-4, to snap a 15-game losing streak, before the Rams came back to take the night cap 1-0. Holy Cross now stands 8-25 on the season, while Rhode Island is 7-29.
In game one, the Crusaders jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, as all nine batters went to the plate. Sophomore first baseman Sheena Stangler (Bremerton, Wash.) had an RBI single in the inning, while sophomore pitcher Lindsey MacNeil (Plymouth, N.H.) and freshman catcher Rory Ogden (Latham, N.Y.) also drove in runs. The Rams tied the score at 3-3 in the top of the fourth, thanks to two unearned runs, but Holy Cross answered with three more runs in the bottom of the frame to take the lead for good. Dessingue had an RBI single in the inning, and also stole both second base and home plate.
MacNeil earned the win for Holy Cross to improve to 4-9 on the year, allowing two earned runs on nine hits in 6-1/3 innings while striking out five. Senior pitcher Michelle Greene (Woburn, Mass.) came in to retire the final two batters and earn her first save of the year.
In game two, Rhode Island freshman pitcher Jill Anderson threw a complete game shutout to earn the win, allowing just two hits and striking out three. Greene was the hard-luck loser for the Crusaders, allowing just one run on four hits, while striking out five in a complete game effort. The Rams scored the lone run of the game in the top of the fourth inning, when senior designated hitter Megan Long doubled, moved to third on a wild pitch, then came home on a fielder's choice.
Holy Cross returns to action on Thursday, April 21, when it travels to Harvard to play a doubleheader beginning at 3:00 p.m.