April 25, 2009
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Sophomore Erin Fleming (Townsend, Mass.) went three for five with a stolen base as the Holy Cross softball team dropped two games to Lehigh on Saturday at Kaufman Field in Bethlehem, Pa. With the losses, Holy Cross falls to 12-31(6-12 Patriot League) while Lehigh improves to 31-16-1 (15-3 Patriot League). With the two wins, Lehigh clinched the top seed at the Patriot League tournament and will host the championship event.
Lehigh scored one run on two hits in the second inning and two runs on five hits in the sixth inning to shut out the Crusaders, 3-0. Freshman Nicole Ortiz (Whittier, Calif.) led the Crusaders at the plate with a double, while freshman Camille Trainor (Worcester, Mass.), sophomore Keeley Seniuk (Phoenix, Ariz.) and Fleming each had a single. Sophomore Katie Alexander (Tigard, Ore.) pitched six innings for Holy Cross, allowing three runs on seven hits and striking out four. Lehigh's Lisa Sweeney continued her dominance in the Patriot League, shutting out Holy Cross and only allowing four hits.
Game two appeared to be a repeat of game one, as Lehigh scored one run in the second inning and two in the fourth before Holy Cross scored two runs in the sixth inning. Junior Mandy Correale (Peabody, Mass.) reached first on an error by the Lehigh shortstop and advanced to third and then scored when the right fielder misplayed a single by Seniuk. Seniuk scored the second run of the inning on a single by Fleming. Lehigh was able to hold off the surging Holy Cross offense to end the game in favor of the Mountain Hawks, 3-2.
Junior Dettey Audette (New Bedford, Mass.) started for the Crusaders, pitching four innings and allowing two earned runs on eight hits. Trainor entered the game in relief, pitching two innings and only allowing one hit. Tiffany Curtis pitched seven complete innings, allowing two runs on six hits.
Holy Cross and Lehigh will continue Patriot League action tomorrow, Sunday April 26, with a doubleheader beginning at 12:00 p.m.