April 22, 2005
Worcester, Mass. - After a six-run shut-out loss in the first game, Holy Cross battled back to tie the second game 3-3 and to send it into extra innings, where the Crusaders' two-run rally fell one short of evening the score in the bottom of the 10th and was defeated by Colgate, 6-5, Friday afternoon at Freshman Field.
Both teams went scoreless for three innings in the first game until the Raiders took a three-run lead in the top of the fourth. Colgate's first run came in on a throwing error by the short shop. Erin Hanna hit a two-run single, driving in Whitney Scott and Nichole Rawson.
Colgate added a trio of runs in the fifth to put the score at 6-0. Nichole Rawson hit an RBI triple to left center, driving in Kim Olmstead, who singled to reach and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Natalie Rawson plated Nichole Rawson with a single up the middle, then came home on an RBI double by Scott.
Kate Howard threw seven innings of scoreless ball, striking out seven and walking three on four hits for the win. Starting pitcher Michelle Greene (Woburn, Mass.) worked five innings, allowing six runs on eight hits and striking out five. Reliever Sheena Stangler (Bremerton, Wash.) gave up just one hit and fanned three over two innings.
The Crusaders jumped off to a one-run lead in the first inning of game two. Senior Alycia FitzPatrick (Lake Forest, Calif.) hit an RBI single through the right side to bring in senior outfielder Mary Beth Ryan (Holden, Mass.), who reached base on balls, stole second and moved to third as junior Nicole Dessingue (Schaghticoke, N.Y.) grounded out.
The Raiders answered with a run in the top of the second to tie the game, as Hanna hit an RBI double, bringing home Scott, who singled to reach base. Colgate tacked two more runs on the board in the fourth to take a two run lead. Jessi Bentovoja punched in two runs with a double to left field before being tagged out at third.
Holy Cross cut Colgate's lead to one in the sixth when junior Megan Lally (Lake Forest, Calif.) double to get into scoring position before Greene grounded out to the second baseman to bring home Lally. In the bottom of the seventh, the Crusaders tied the game as Lally hit a sacrifice fly to score Ryan, who singled up the middle to reach base.
Both teams would go scoreless in the first of two extra-innings until Colgate blasted three runs in the top of the 10th to take a 6-3 lead. On an error by the pitcher, Nicole Rawson reached first and Olmstead moved into scoring position at second. Natalie Rawson hit a two-run double to center field to bring in Nichole Rawson and Olmstead. Then on an error by the center fielder Natalie Rawson crossed home plate.
Down three runs, the Crusaders' rally fell short in the bottom of the inning as they were only able to score two runs. FitzPatrick led off with a double to center field. With sophomore Beth Richard pinch running for FitzPatrick, Lally hit single and advanced to second on the throw, moving Richard to third. As Stangler grounded out, Lally and Richard both scored on an error by the catcher, but Holy Cross was unable to keep the momentum going and followed with two more outs to end the inning.
Sophomore Lindsey MacNeil (4-10) earned three runs over 12 hits, while striking out two over 9.2 innings of action. Stangler stepped in for 0.1 innings and walked one. Grabbing her second win on the day, Howard (10-9) threw two innings of relief ball, giving up two runs on two hits.
The Crusaders (8-29 overall, 3-15 Patriot League) and Raiders (18-17 overall, 10-8 Patriot League) return to Freshman Field tomorrow, Saturday, April 23 for the final double header of the weekend series with the first pitch being thrown at 10 a.m.