April 20, 2006
WORCESTER, Mass.- The Holy Cross softball team dropped a doubleheader to Hartford in non-conference action this afternoon at Freshman Field, losing by scores of 10-1 and 11-4. The Crusaders fall to 7-26 overall, while the Hawks improve to 13-14.
After the first two innings went scoreless in the first game, Hartford got on the score board in the top of the third with a run and added another run in the top of the fifth when Amanda Sais singled to center field driving in a run. The Hawks put the game out of reach in the seventh when they scored eight runs to take a 10-0 lead. Jackie Simonetty and Nikki Thompson each hit solo homers in the inning. The Crusaders scored their only run of the game when senior right fielder Megan Lally (Lake Forest, Calif.) singled in sophomore Kelly O'Neil (White Plains, N.Y.).
Hartford's Brie Hout earned the complete game win as she allowed only one run on four hits to improve to 4-2 on the season. Senior Marsha Babcock (Ridgefield, Conn.) took the loss as she pitched 6 1/3 innings, while junior Lindsey MacNeil (Plymouth, N.H.) recorded the last two outs of the seventh inning. Freshman infielder Brooke Perrone (Southington, Conn.) went two-for-three from the plate.
In the second game, the Hawks scored two in the first inning as Thompson hit a two-run home run for her second of the afternoon. The Crusaders answered right back in the bottom of the inning with two runs of their own to tie the game. Senior Nicole Dessingue (Schaghticoke, N.Y.) hit a solo homer over the center field fence with one out for her second home run of the season to cut the lead to 2-1. Lally then tripled to right field and scored to tie the game when sophomore center fielder Jayme Elliott (Gardena, Calif.) singled her in.
Hartford would then go onto to score two times in the second inning and five times in the third to take a 9-2 lead. Holy Cross tallied two runs in the bottom of the fifth with a RBI single by O'Neil driving in Lally who had doubled earlier in the inning, while O'Neil scored on a passed ball with the bases loaded. Hartford scored two more run in the top of the sixth and kept the Crusaders off the board the rest of the way to earn the 11-4 victory.
Caitlin Eichler picked up the complete game win as she allowed four runs on 12 hits, while striking out six. MacNeil took the loss pitching the first 2 2/3 innings, while junior Sheena Stangler (Bremerton, Wash.) pitched the final 4 1/3 innings giving up two runs with one earned on six hits. O'Neil went three-for-four from the plate, while both Lally and freshman Natalie Cruz (Manalapan, N.J.) went two-for-two.
The Crusaders will return to action on Saturday and Sunday, April 22-23, when they travel to Lewisburg, Pa., to face Patriot League opponent Bucknell in a four-game weekend series. Each doubleheader will start at noon.