April 19, 2009
EASTON, Pa. - Tough pitching, key hits and smart base running resulted in a winning combination as the Holy Cross softball team defeated Lafayette twice on Sunday afternoon at Metzgar Fields. With the two wins, Holy Cross improves to 12-28 overall (6-10 Patriot League) while Lafayette falls to 9-23 overall (5-11 Patriot League).
Holy Cross freshman Camille Trainor (Worcester, Mass.) scored in the second inning to give the Crusaders an early 1-0 lead. Trainor reached first after being hit by a pitch and then moved up a bag on a fielder's choice by junior Elizabeth Foley (Charlton, Mass.). Trainor scored from second base on a RBI single up the middle by freshman Gwen Reimer (Pottsville, Pa.). The Crusaders scored again in the fourth inning when Foley grounded out to second base to score freshman Nicole Ortiz (Whittier, Calif.) from third and give Holy Cross a 2-0 lead. Lafayette cut the Crusaders lead in half, scoring one run in the bottom of the inning.
Holy Cross led off the fifth inning with back to back singles by junior Courtney Nealon (Rochester, N.Y.) and sophomore Tiffany Medwid (Imperial, Pa.). Both Nealon and Medwid scored on a RBI single by sophomore Keeley Seniuk (Phoenix, Ariz.) to give Holy Cross a 4-1 lead. Ortiz led off the sixth inning with a solo home run, the first of her career, to score the fifth Crusader run of the game. Lafayette scored one run in the bottom of the sixth inning, but wouldn't score again, falling to Holy Cross 5-2.
Junior Dettey Audette (New Bedford, Mass.) worked the circle for the Crusaders, pitching three and two thirds innings.Trainor entered the game in relief, pitching three and one third innings and earning her first win as a Crusader. Kasey Karr pitched all seven innings for Lafayette, allowing five runs on nine Holy Cross hits.
After three scoreless innings, the Crusaders scored on back to back extra base hits. Seniuk led the fourth inning off with a double to right field and then sophomore Erin Fleming (Townsend, Mass.) followed with a triple to right center field to score the first run of the game. Lafayette tied the game, 1-1, in the sixth inning before Reimer scored the game winning run in the top of the seventh inning. Reimer led off with a double through the left side of the infield and advanced to third on a bunt single by sophomore Sam Lenhardt (Duxbury, Mass.) before scoring on a fly out by Medwid. Holy Cross shut Lafayette down in the bottom of the inning to pick up the win, 2-1.
Trainor started in the circle for the Crusaders, pitching five complete innings and allowing one run on four hits. Sophomore Katie Alexander (Tigard, Ore.) entered the game in relief and picked up her first win of the season. Alexander pitched two complete innings and allowed no Lafayette hits or runs. Ali Henry suffered the loss for the Leopards, pitching seven complete innings and allowing two runs on nine hits.
The Holy Cross softball team returns home to Freshman Field on Tuesday, April 21 for a non-conference doubleheader with Central Connecticut. First pitch is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.