April 19, 2008
Worcester, Mass. - The Holy Cross softball team hosted the Lehigh Mountain Hawks on Saturday afternoon in a conference doubleheader at Freshman Field. In game one the Mountain Hawks defeated the Crusaders 9-2, but Holy Cross battled back in game two to win 8-5 splitting the doubleheader with Lehigh and improving to 6-23 (2-8 Patriot League) while Lehigh now stands 30-12-1 (10-4 Patriot League). In the sixth inning of game two, senior Kelly O'Neil (White Plains, N.Y.) hit a home run, breaking the school record for career homers. She now holds the record with 14 home runs.
In game one Lehigh took an early lead with three runs in the first and second inning. The Crusaders scored in the fifth when freshman Keeley Seniuk (Phoenix, Ariz.) was walked, sending sophomore Mandy Correale (Peabody, Mass.) home. Lehigh scored in the sixth as did Holy Cross when Correale hit a single, bringin freshman Erin Fleming (Townsend, Mass.) across home plate. Lehigh grabbed two more runs in the seventh inning for the win.
Pitching for the Crusaders was junior Natalie Cruz (Manalapan, N.J.) allowing four earned runs on seven hits with five strikeouts in five innings of work.
In game two Lehigh jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning. In the second inning Seniuk had an RBI single, bringing Correale home. The Crusaders added four more runs in the third inning to take the lead when Correale singled to drive freshman Sam Lenhardt (Duxbury, Mass.) home, Seniuk singled to bring Fleming across the plate, and sophomore Amanda Audette (New Bedford, Mass.) hit a two-run double on which Correale and Cruz both scored.
Lehigh scored two runs in the fourth inning but the Crusaders finished out the game in the sixth inning as Fleming hit a double bringing senior Jayme Elliot (Gardena, Calif.) home. O'Neil then hit the 14th home run of her career, and fourth this season, with a two-run shot which also brought Fleming across home plate. Lehigh scored one more run in the sixth inning to conclude the scoring.
Audette earned the victory for the Crusaders, allowing four runs on three hits in four innings. Closing the last three innings was freshman Caitlin Belanger (Fall River, Mass.) picked up the save, giving up just one run on three hits in three innings of relief.
The Crusaders finish off the series with Lehigh on Sunday, April 20, with another doubleheader at Freshman Field. Start time is set for 12:00 p.m.