April 29, 2006
HAMILTON, N.Y.- Senior out fielder Megan Lally (Lake Forest, Calif.) hit two home runs but it was not enough as the Holy Cross softball team dropped two one-run games to Colgate this afternoon in Patriot League action at Eaton Street Field by scores of 6-5 and 7-6 (8). The Crusaders are now 9-33 overall and 4-14 in the Patriot League, while the Raiders improve to 15-22 and 8-10 in league games. These two teams will conclude regular season conference play with a doubleheader tomorrow at noon. Lally added onto to her school record for career home runs and now has 13 with four this season.
In game one, the Crusaders took an early 1-0 lead when freshman short stop Natalie Cruz (Manalapan, N.J.) grounded out bringing in Lally from third base. The Raiders moved ahead of the Crusaders in the bottom of the second with a two-run homer from Meg Mylan for a 2-1 lead.
After Colgate increased its lead to 3-1 in the fifth, Holy Cross scored three runs in the sixth to take a one-run lead. Cruz doubled in sophomore Erica McKeever (Brookfield, Conn.) for her second RBI of the game, while junior pitcher Sheena Stangler (Bremerton, Wash.) scored on a wild pitch and senior third baseman Nicole Dessingue (Schaghticoke, N.Y.) hit a sacrifice fly to left field driving in Cruz. The Raiders came back to tie the game at 4-4 in the bottom of the inning when Kim Olmstead forced a walk with the bases loaded.
Lally gave the Crusaders a 5-4 lead in the top of the seventh with two outs when she hit her first home run of the afternoon. But the Crusaders could not hold on in the bottom of the inning as the Raiders scored two runs to win the game on a RBI single to center field by Kortney Hannah and an RBI bunt by Mylan that brought Hannah into score the winning run.
Kate Howard earned the complete game win as she allowed five runs with two earned on four hits, while striking out five. Junior Lindsey MacNeil (Plymouth, N.H.) took the loss, while Stangler pitched the first 5 2/3 allowing only two earned runs on six hits.
After the first two innings went scoreless in the second game, Holy Cross scored two runs in the top of the third when Lally hit a two-run homer for her second of the day. Sophomore infielder Caitlin Deitz (Delmar, N.Y.) scored on the play as she had walked to lead off the inning and had advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by senior catcher Heather Johnson (Wrentham, Mass.). Colgate scored a run in the bottom of the inning, but Holy Cross scored two more runs in the fourth for a 4-1 lead with a two-run homer by sophomore designated hitter Kelly O'Neil (White Plains, N.Y.). Cruz scored on the homer as she was hit by a pitch right before O'Neil came to the plate. The Raiders then responded with three runs in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game at 4-4.
The Crusaders took a 6-4 lead in the fifth with an RBI double by Stangler driving in Lally and an RBI single by Cruz bringing in Stangler. Holy Cross took the 6-4 lead into the bottom of the seventh, but LaPorscha Albert hit a two-run double to send the game into extra innings. Colgate won the game in the eighth when Tiana Tyeskey scored from second base on a throwing error.
Kelsey Nordstrom earned the complete game win allowing six runs on five hits, while MacNeil came into the game in the eighth inning and took the loss. Senior Marsha Babcock (Ridgefield, Conn.) pitched the first seven innings with four earned runs on eight hits and striking out three batters.