Softball Travels to URI for Non-Conference Doubleheader
WORCESTER, Mass. – The Holy Cross softball team will travel to the University of Rhode Island tomorrow, April 16, for a doubleheader.
The Rams are coming off a 1-2 weekend against fellow Atlantic 10 team, St. Bonaventure. The Crusaders, on the other hand, lost three games to Patriot League-leading Bucknell. Despite losing all three, Holy Cross gave the Bison all they could handle, dropping the second game only 1-0, and pushing the third to extra innings, eventually losing in the ninth, 5-3.
Against common opponents this season, Rhode is 3-1, while Holy Cross holds a 1-3 record. Both teams dropped games to Boston University, but the Rams defeated Marist, Drexel, and Villanova, while the Crusaders picked up a win against only Drexel.
Things to know about Holy Cross (5-27):
- Jessie Nagel had three hits against Bucknell to lead the team. She also walked twice to put her on-base percentage at .500 for the three games.
- Erin Bengston had two hits, both doubles, scored once, and drove in another. Taylor Wahler also had two hits, one being a triple, and scored once. Bailey Chavez had two singles, a walk, and a run, while Sydney Behrens also singled twice and recorded an RBI. Chavez has reached base safely in eight straight games and owns a .400 on-base percentage in that time period.
- Kelly Nelson appeared in all three games on the weekend, starting two, and going a total of 19 innings. She struck out 14 to bring her season total to 130, seven short of the third-most in a single season in program history.
- Alexandra Held started the third game against the Bison and went four innings and struck out four.
Things to know about Rhode Island (14-20):
- The Rams are led at the plate by Ari Castillo who is batting .382 with six home runs and 19 RBI. Sami Villarreal is hitting .358 and has a team-high nine stolen bases.
- In the circle, Becca Rogers has started 16 games and owns a 2.62 ERA and a .222 opponent batting average. Julia Waraksy has the lowest ERA on the team, at 1.81, and appears to be the team’s go-to reliever. She has 16 appearances, but no starts, and three saves.
- The Rams came to Worcester for one game last season and earned a 4-1 victory. Rhode Island scored all four runs in the first inning, but the Crusaders were able to hold them after that.