Softball Wraps Season with Lafayette Series, Senior Day Saturday
WORCESTER, Mass. – The Holy Cross softball team will finish its season this weekend with three games against Patriot League opponent Lafayette. The team’s seniors will be honored before the first game Saturday and alumnae will be recognized before the second.
Earlier this week, the Crusaders split a pair of games against Hartford in two, one-run contests. Kelly Nelson threw a one-hitter in the win and set a single-season program record in strikeouts, ending the game with 200. Alexandra Held threw the other game and moved into second place all-time in program history in strikeouts.
Lafayette played a doubleheader against Marist this Wednesday and was swept, 5-0 and 8-2.
Last season, Holy Cross took the series two games to one. Sydney Behrens was 5-for-8 over the three games with two runs and two RBI. Jackie Brewster was 3-for-7 with three runs and two RBI, while Taylor Wahler had two hits, a run, and three RBI.
Things to know about Holy Cross (11-35):
- Nelson struck out 16 in her win over Hartford on her way to setting a new single-season program mark. The only hit she allowed was a one-out triple to right field in the sixth, but she got the next two batters to keep the Hawks scoreless.
- Wahler scored the game-winning run in the fourth after she hit a triple of her own. She scored on a ground ball by Brewster to first base. The Hartford first baseman scooped it up and threw home, but Wahler was able to avoid the tag to score the game’s only run.
- Multiple program records are still within reach heading into this weekend. Both Wahler and Brewster have five triples on the season, tied for second most in a single-season with the top mark set at seven. Wahler is also one triple shy of tying the program’s all-time record of 14, and seven at bats from having the most of any Crusader ever. Erin Bengston has 14 doubles on the year, one short of tying the program record.
Things to know about Lafayette (8-37-1):
- Lafayette has been led this year at the plate by Brooke Wensel’s .296 average, 11 doubles, 10 RBI, and five stolen bases.
- No Leopard has hit multiple home runs this season, with six players all tied with one.
- In the circle, Stacy Gordon and Kinzi Van Wyk have each started 21 games. Gordon owns a 4.65 ERA over 138 innings of work and 89 strikeouts. Van Wyk is slightly behind her with a 5.06 ERA over 125.1 innings and 42 strikeouts.
- Lafayette’s lone Patriot League win on the year came at home against Army when they beat the Black Knights, 4-3.