April 24, 2006
LEWISBURG, Pa.- The Holy Cross softball team scored six runs in the top of the eighth to break a 1-1 tie and win game one as it split a doubleheader at Bucknell in Patriot League action, winning the first game 7-3 (8) and losing the second game 4-1. The Crusaders are now 8-29 overall and 4-12 in the Patriot League, while the Bison are 14-32 and 7-9 in league games.
In game one, after trailing 1-0 Holy Cross tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the fifth when sophomore center fielder Jayme Elliott (Gardena, Calif.) doubled in senior right fielder Megan Lally (Lake Forest, Calif.) who had just doubled to center field. Junior Sheena Stangler (Bremerton, Wash.) pitched the first six innings allowing only run on six hits, while striking out six batters before she was relieved by junior Lindsey MacNeil (Plymouth, N.H.) in the seventh with the game still tied at 1-1.
The game went to extra innings as the Crusaders broke it open in the top of the eighth with six runs. Holy Cross loaded the bases and with one out freshman Brooke Perrone (Southington, Conn.) singled up the middle bringing in freshman Natalie Cruz (Manalapan, N.J) who started the inning off with a single. Sophomore Rory Ogden (Latham, N.Y.) then singled to left field driving in sophomore Kelly O'Neil (White Plains, N.Y.), and then Elliott reached on a fielding error by the shortstop as sophomore Amanda Webster (Kenmore, N.Y.) scored making the score 4-1.
With two outs Stangler hit a bases loaded three-run double to left center driving in Perrone, Ogden and Elliott, to give the Crusaders a 7-1 lead. Bucknell scored two runs in the bottom of the inning but it was not enough as MacNeil earned the win pitching the last two innings allowing two runs on four hits with one strikeout. Meg Muirhead took the loss giving up six runs and three earned on 11 hits.
In game two, the Bison took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first, while the Crusaders tied the game in the top of the second when Perrone grounded out to first with the bases loaded driving in O'Neil from third. Bucknell then went onto score single runs in the third, fourth and fifth and kept Holy Cross off the scoreboard for the 4-1 victory. Christie Wiest earned the complete game win as she allowed only one run on seven hits, while senior Marsha Babcock (Ridgefield, Conn.) took the loss.
The Crusaders will return to action on Wednesday, April 26, when they travel to Hamden, Conn., to face Quinnipiac in a single game at 3:00 p.m.