May 1, 2008
Hamilton, N.Y. - The Holy Cross softball team concluded its season on Thursday with a pair of wins over Colgate. The Crusaders took game one 5-1, while in game two they defeated the Raiders, 12-10, in nine innings. Holy Cross finishes the season with a 10-31 overall record (5-15 PL), while Colgate falls to 10-23 (7-13 PL).
The Crusaders came out with five runs scored in the first inning of game one. Senior Kelly O'Neil (White Plains, N.Y.) hit her fifth home run of the season, with a three-run shot to bring home freshman Erin Fleming (Townsend, Mass.) and senior Jayme Elliott (Gardena, Calif.). Junior Natalie Cruz (Manalapan, N.J.) hit a triple to bring home freshman Keeley Seniuk (Phoenix, Ariz.), while sophomore Courtney Nealon (Rochester, N.Y.) hit a single bringing home Cruz. Colgate answered back with one run in the bottom of the first, but no more runs were scored as the game ended in the 5-1 final score.
Cruz earned the victory for Holy Cross, throwing four innings without allowing an earned run. Freshman Katie Alexander (Tigard, Ore.) threw one scoreless inning of relief, and closing the game was sophomore Amanda Audette (New Bedford, Mass.) with two shutout innings.
Game two started out well for the Crusaders as they scored five runs in the first inning. Elliott scored the first run for Holy Cross on a single by O'Neil, then Seniuk hit a three-run homer to knock in O'Neil and Fleming. Then Cruz scored unearned off of a fielding error by Colgate.
After Colgate scored once in the bottom of the first, the Crusaders added four more runs in the second to take a 9-1 lead. Seniuk had an RBI single and Cruz added an RBI groundout for Holy Cross. The other runs in the inning came home on a wild pitch and an error.
Colgate refused to go away, scoring four runs in the third and four more in the fifth, tying the score at 9-9. The Crusaders regained the lead in the sixth inning when Seniuk hit an RBI single to left field, bringing home Fleming. But Colgate scored a run of its own in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game at 10-10, forcing extra innings. The Crusaders then won the game in the ninth inning when Cruz hit a two-run homer, making the final score 12-10.
Cruz earned her second win of the day for Holy Cross, allowing just one run on two hits in 4-1/3 innings of relief.