April 26, 2006
HAMDEN, Conn. - Junior left fielder Sheena Stangler (Bremerton, Wash.) went three-for-four at the plate, including a three-run homer and a RBI single as the Holy Cross softball team defeated Quinnipiac, 8-6, in non-conference action this afternoon at Bobcat Field. The Crusaders improve to 9-29 overall, while the Bobcats fall to 18-30.
Senior right fielder Megan Lally (Lake Forest, Calif.) led off the game with a double down the left field line and sophomore Jayme Elliott (Gardena, Calif.) singled to left field advancing Lally to third. Stangler then hit a homer to center field for her first collegiate home run to give the Crusaders an early 3-0 lead.
The Bobcats took a two-run lead in the bottom of the second when they scored five runs with four unearned. The Crusaders came right back to tie the game at 5-5 in the third inning when freshman pitcher Natalie Cruz (Manalapan, N.J.) smacked a two-run homer to left center, driving in Stangler who has just singled to left field. Cruz now has two home runs on the season.
In the bottom of the third, the Bobcats regained the lead when they scored another unearned run. After a scoreless fourth inning, Holy Cross tied the game at 6-6 in the fifth. Lally led off the inning with a single to left field and Elliott then put down a sacrifice bunt moving Lally to second base. Lally then advanced to third base on a wild pitch and scored when Stangler singled through the left side for her fourth RBI of the afternoon.
The Crusaders took the lead for good in the top of the sixth with an unearned run. Senior third baseman Nicole Dessingue (Schaghticoke, N.Y.) led off the inning with a double to left field and sophomore Amanda Webster (Kenmore, N.Y.) laid down a sacrifice bunt advancing Dessingue to third. Dessingue then scored when she got out of a run down between third and home when the third baseman's throw to home went wide. The Crusaders added an insurance run in the seventh inning when Cruz lined a ball to the right side that was not handled at first base as Lally came around to score.
After Quinnipiac's Jill Viglione reached on a walk at the start of the bottom of the seventh, Cruz retired the next three to end the game. Cruz earned her second win of the season as she pitched a complete game allowing only one earned run on six hits, while striking out two. Kristin Sheriff took the loss for Quinnipiac.
Lally now has 12 doubles on the season which are tied for second all-time at Holy Cross in a single season with Mary Beth Ryan (2005). The record is 15 in 1991 held by Michelle Fagnant. Lally's 30 career doubles are currently second all-time behind Fagnant who hit 38 (1989-1992). Dessingue's double is the 28th of her career putting her third all-time.
The Crusaders will return to action on Thursday, April 27, when they host Harvard in a doubleheader at 3:00 p.m. Tomorrow will also be Senior Day as Marsha Babcock (Ridgefield, Conn.), Dessingue, Lally and senior captain Heather Johnson (Wrentham, Mass.) will be honored before the game.