April 28, 2007
WORCESTER, Mass. - Junior Kelly O'Neil went 3-for-5 on the day with a homerun, a double and a single as the Holy Cross softball team split with Bucknell in conference action Saturday at Freshman Field. The Crusaders are now 2-16 in the conference while the Bison are 5-9.
Freshman Julie Girard (Montague, Mass.) went 2-for-3 while Mandy Correale (Peabody, Mass.) added one hit on the day for Holy Cross. Senior pitcher Lindsey MacNeil (Plymouth, N.H.) struck out three and held the Bison to just one run in game two to record the win from the mound.
The first game of the day was scoreless until Bucknell tallied two runs on three hits in the top of the seventh inning. In the bottom of the inning, the Crusaders had one hit from Girard but could not turn in a run leaving two on base in their last at bat as the Bison took game one, 2-0.
Kelly O'Neil hit her third homerun of the year and 10th of her career in the second inning of game two to give the Crusaders an early 1-0 lead. Holy Cross shut down Bucknell until the top of the sixth inning when Mary Pavolvich reached first when she was hit by a pitch to start the inning for the Bison. She was then bunted over to second before advancing to third on a base hit from Sherry Finkel. Lauren Litts hit a sacrifice fly to score Pavolvich and tie the game at one.
Holy Cross answered in the bottom of the sixth inning as Courtney Nealon (Rochester, N.Y.) was safe at first due to a throwing error and advanced to second on the over throw. Senior Sheena Stangler (Bremerton, Wash.) grounded out, but Nealon advanced to third base on the throw to first and went home on an over throw to third to give Holy Cross the lead once again, 2-1. The Crusaders held the Bison in the top of the seventh to win the game, 2-1.
The Crusaders will face Bucknell Sunday in their final regular season doubleheader starting at 12:00 p.m. at Freshman Field.