Sarah Kane led the Crusaders with three RBIs vs. Hampton
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Mark Seliger Photography
Sarah Kane led the Crusaders with three RBIs vs. Hampton

Softball Earns Walk-Off Win Over Hampton, Falls To Florida A&M

Holy Cross Athletics   03-12-2016

GAME ONE

Score:
 Florida A&M 4, Holy Cross 1
Pitching Decision: W: Kenya Pereira | L: Katy Watson (0-5)
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Location: Kissimmee, Fla. (Osceola County Softball Complex)
The Lead: Freshman Jaclyn Brewster (Bridgeport, Conn.) went 2-for-3 as the Crusaders fell to Florida A&M by a score of 4-1 in their first contest of the day at the Rebel Spring Games.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • The Rattlers threatened to score in the bottom of the second inning, loading the bases with two outs, but sophomore pitcher Katy Watson (Bexley, Ohio) recovered a ground ball and made the flip to first base to leave three runners on base and end the inning.
  • Florida A&M would be the first team to score, notching three runs in the fifth inning off four hits.
  • The Crusaders responded in the following inning with an offensive surge. Sophomore Gabby Muniz (Rockport, Mass.) and Brewster registered back-to-back singles to help Muniz reach third base. In the following at-bat, freshman Taylor Wahler (Inman, S.C.) hit a single to right field to bring Muniz home for the score.
  • The Rattlers came back with an inside-the-park home run in the bottom of the inning to make it 4-1.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Florida A&M outhit the Crusaders 8-5.
  • The Rattlers left nine runners on base, while Holy Cross left three.
  • Watson took the loss after pitching six innings and allowing four runs on eight hits and tossing three strikeouts.
  • Kenya Pereira earned the win for Florida A&M after pitching seven innings and allowing one run on five hits.
  • Brewster led the Crusaders’ offense, going 2-for-3 in the game, while Wahler was 1-for-3 with an RBI.
  • Sophomore Taylor Moss (Howard Beach, N.Y.) led Holy Cross with six putouts.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:

  • This was Watson’s first complete game of the season, and the fifth of her career.

GAME TWO

Score:
 Holy Cross 10, Hampton 9 (8 innings)
Pitching Decision: W: Olivia Sloane (1-0) | L: Allie Hotetz (1-3)
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Location: Kissimmee, Fla. (Osceola County Softball Complex)
The Lead: Wahler hit an RBI double in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift the Crusaders to a 10-9 victory over Hampton in their final contest at the Rebel Spring Games.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • After Hampton notched a run in the top of the first, Holy Cross responded with a strong offensive series in the bottom of the inning. Wahler notched an RBI double to bring home Brewster, and Moss hit an RBI single to bring home Wahler and give the Crusaders the lead. With the bases loaded, senior Sarah Kane (Jacksonville, Fla.) hit a double to right field to clear the bases and make it 5-1 Holy Cross.
  • The Pirates regained the lead over the course of three innings, as they notched three runs in the fifth, three more in the sixth, and two in the seventh to give them a commanding 9-5 lead nearing the end of regulation play.
  • In the bottom of the seventh inning, Holy Cross initiated a comeback to keep the game going into extra innings. As Wahler and senior Emily Jarvis (Hopkinton, Mass.) began the inning with back-to-back singles, Moss was walked to load the bases and set up sophomore Mandy McCarthy (Pearl River, N.Y.) for an RBI single. Muniz grounded out to second base to bring home another run, and the Crusaders were able to tie the game as sophomore Savannah Young (Celebration, Fla.) registered two RBIs with a single to center field.
  • In the top of the eighth, Hampton began with pitcher Allie Hotetz on second base. After the first batter walked, Wahler recovered a ground ball and made the play to third base to take a runner out of scoring position. Freshman pitcher Olivia Sloane (Newton, Mass.) struck out the next batter and forced a ground out third base and end the top half of the inning.
  • The Crusaders began the bottom of the eighth with junior Kylee Malouf (Simi Valley, Calif.) on second base. After Brewster led off the inning with a walk, Wahler punched a strong double over the head of the center fielder to bring Malouf home and end the game with a walk-off RBI.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • The Pirates outhit Holy Cross 13-11.
  • Hampton left 13 runners on base, while Holy Cross left 8.
  • Sloane got the win after pitching the final inning in relief and threw one strikeout while holding the Pirates to no hits. Senior Gennifer Durham (Abbeville, S.C.) pitched the first five innings while allowing six runs (four earned) on eight hits and dealing six strikeouts. Sophomore Amanda Gonzalez (West Roxbury, Mass.) pitched two innings in relief while allowing three runs on five hits.
  • Hotetz pitched 6.2 innings while allowing 10 runs on 10 hits for Hampton, as Kial Watts pitched 0.1 innings in relief and allowed one hit.
  • Wahler led the Crusaders’ offense, going 3-for-5 with two RBI, as Moss was 2-for-2 with one RBI, and McCarthy was 2-for-3 with one RBI. Kane, who hit 1-for-3 in the game, led the Crusaders with three RBI.
  • Young led Holy Cross with eight putouts.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:

  • This was the first all-time meeting between the Crusaders and Hampton.
  • Sloane registered her first career pitching win in the victory.
  • Moss now has 11 RBI on the year, just one shy of her total from last season.

UP NEXT:

  • The Crusaders will return to action next weekend at the Stony Brook Invitational, where the Crusaders will take on the Seawolves, Providence and Fairfield with action beginning on Friday, Mar. 18 at 12:30 p.m.

KEEP CONNECTED:

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