April 26, 2009
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Back-to-back doubles scored the only two Crusader runs of the day as the Holy Cross softball team dropped a doubleheader at Lehigh on Sunday afternoon. With the two losses, Holy Cross falls to 12-33 (6-14 Patriot League), while Lehigh improves to 33-16-1 (17-3 Patriot League). This was the final weekend of Patriot League play with tournament selection coming down to the final games. Lehigh, Colgate, Bucknell and Lafayette will play in the Patriot League tournament on May 7-9.
Lehigh scored in the first inning, third inning and fourth inning to take a five run lead. Holy Cross got on the board in the sixth inning, scoring two runs on three hits and one error. Sophomore Sam Lenhardt (Duxbury, Mass.) started a two out rally when she drew a walk. Junior Mandy Correale (Peabody, Mass.) followed with a double to left center field and Lenhardt scored on an error by the Lehigh centerfielder. Sophomore Keeley Seniuk (Phoenix, Ariz.) hit a double to left center field to score Correale from second base but Holy Cross was unable to come any closer, falling to Lehigh 5-2.
Junior Dettey Audette (New Bedford, Mass.) pitched three and two thirds innings for the Crusaders, allowing four runs on four hits. Freshman Camille Trainor (Worcester, Mass.) pitched the final two and one third innings for Holy Cross, giving up three hits and one unearned run. Lisa Sweeny made the start for the Mountain Hawks, picking up her 19th win of the season.
In the final game of the series, Lehigh's offense exploded for eight runs. The Mountain Hawks scored four in the first inning, three in the second and one in the sixth to pick up the win. Correale, Audette and freshman Nicole Ortiz (Whittier, Calif.) each had a hit for Holy Cross. Junior Melissa Pivonka (Tolland, Conn.) pitched one and two thirds innings for the Crusaders, allowing seven runs, four earned, on seven hits. Trainor entered the game in relief, pitching three and two thirds innings and allowing one run on four hits. Tiffany Curtis pitched six shutout innings for Lehigh, picking up her 13th win of the season.
Holy Cross will complete the 2009 regular season at Freshman Field on Tuesday, April 28, hosting Central Connecticut in a doubleheader at 3:00 p.m.