April 30, 2006
HAMILTON, N.Y. - The Holy Cross softball team dropped a doubleheader to Colgate this afternoon in Patriot League action at Eaton Street Field by scores of 4-0 and 8-5. The Crusaders are now 9-35 overall and conclude their Patriot League season with a 4-16 record, while the Raiders improve to 17-22 and 10-10 in league games. Holy Cross will conclude the 2006 season when it hosts Providence in a doubleheader on Tuesday, May 2, at Freshman Field at 3:00 p.m.
Senior outfielder Megan Lally (Lake Forest, Calif.) hit a double in each game and now has 14 for the season which is only one behind the Holy Cross single-season record of 15 set by Michelle Fagnant in 1991. Lally's 32 career doubles are currently second all-time behind Fagnant who hit 38 (1989-1992).
Colgate scored the only run it would need and took a 1-0 lead in the first inning of the first game when LaPorscha Albert hit a RBI double. The Raiders added three insurance runs in the second inning and Kate Howard shut the Crusaders out in a two hit complete game performance.
In the second game, the Crusaders got on the scoreboard right away with three runs in the top of the first. Lally led off the inning with a double to center field and after one out junior Sheena Stangler (Bremerton, Wash.) singled advancing Lally to third. Freshman Natalie Cruz (Manalapan, N.J.) then singled to right field driving in Lally and advancing Stangler to third. Stangler scored when sophomore designated hitter Kelly O'Neil (White Plains, N.Y.) reached on a fielding error by the pitcher and Cruz advanced to second. The bases were then loaded after sophomore first baseman Amanda Webster (Kenmore, N.Y.) was hit by a pitch. Cruz crossed the plate when senior catcher Heather Johnson (Wrentham, Mass.) dropped down a bunt.
The Raiders would then go onto score eight straight runs with single runs in the second and third, while they scored five runs in the fourth inning and one in the fifth. Holy Cross scored two runs in the sixth to make the score 8-5 with a RBI double down the right field line by sophomore Mallory Centonze (Victor, N.Y.) driving in O'Neil who had walked, and a RBI single by freshman Brooke Perrone (Southington, Conn.) bringing in freshman Kristina Coppola (Norwood, Mass.) who pinch ran for Centonze.
Howard was credited with her second win of the afternoon as she pitched the final five innings allowing two runs on four hits.