April 23, 2005
Worcester, Mass. - Holy Cross' rally late in the game was not enough as it was defeated by Colgate, 6-3, Saturday afternoon at Freshman Field.
The Raiders jumped out to a two-run lead in the first-inning. LaPorscha Albert led off the game with a single through the right side then moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt by Kim Olmstead. In Colgate's next at bat, Dorothy Donaldson drew a walk to place runners at first and second. Clean-up batter Nichole Rawson then hit a two-run double, driving in Albert and Donaldson to put the score at 2-0.
In the top of the fourth Colgate tacked on three more runs. Albert hit an RBI double to bring home Jessi Bentovoja, who reached on an error by the pitcher and advanced to second as Erin O'Keefe grounded out. Next at bat, Olmstead singled through the left side moving Albert to third, to put runners on the corners. Olmstead then stole second to place two Raiders in scoring position. Donaldson went on to reach base on balls to load the bases, followed by Nichole Rawson, who walked in an run. A passed ball then advanced Olmstead home for Colgate's fifth run of the game.
The Crusaders fired back with a run in the bottom of the fourth when junior Nicole Dessingue (Schaghicoke, N.Y.) hit an RBI double to left center, driving in junior Megan Lally (Lake Forest, Calif.), who walked to reach base. Holy Cross continued to cut into Colgate's lead in the fifth when senior Mary Beth Ryan (Holden, Mass.) crossed home plate on an error by the first baseman to put the score at 5-2.
In the sixth inning the Crusaders scored another run to put them two away from tying the game. After doubling to right field to lead off, Dessingue came home on a throwing error by the third baseman.
Colgate added an additional insurance run in the seventh inning for a final score of 6-3. O'Keefe hit a sacrifice fly, driving in Whitney Scott, who drew a walk to reach base.
In the circle senior Michelle Greene (Woburn, Mass.) threw her 10th complete game of the season, fanning four and walking 10. Winning pitcher Kate Howard stuck out seven and walked four over seven innings of action.
With the loss, the Crusaders finish the 2005 season at 8-30 overall and 3-16 in the Patriot League.