Gennifer Durham pitched nine scoreless innings in game one
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Gennifer Durham pitched nine scoreless innings in game one

Softball Falls Twice To Central Connecticut In Home Opener

Holy Cross Athletics   03-31-2016

GAME ONE

Score:
 Central Connecticut 1, Holy Cross 0 (10 innings)
Pitching Decision: W: Emily Sargent (6-6) | L: Gennifer Durham (4-9)
Time: 2:35 p.m.
Location: Worcester, Mass. (Freshman Field)
The Lead: Senior Gennifer Durham (Abbeville, S.C.) pitched nine scoreless innings as the Crusaders came up short to Central Connecticut in the first game of their home opening doubleheader.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • The Crusaders’ defense shined in the first game of the day, as they held the Blue Devils scoreless through nine innings of play. In that time, Central Connecticut was only able to register five hits as they left nine runners on base.
  • The Crusaders came close to a walk-off scenario, as senior Hailey Mullen (Plainville, Mass.) hit an infield single, stole second base and reached third off a ground out from freshman Jaclyn Brewster (Bridgeport, Conn.). After  freshman Taylor Wahler (Inman, S.C.) was intentionally walked, junior Emily Krisanda (Oak Hill, Va.) flew short to right field and sophomore Taylor Moss (Howard Beach, N.Y.) fouled out to third base to send the game to the 10th inning.
  • The Blue Devils scored the only run of the game in the top of the tenth, after their leadoff hitter doubled, reached third on a sacrifice bunt and came home off an RBI single.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Central Connecticut outhit Holy Cross 7-4.
  • The Blue Devils left 10 runners on base, while the Crusaders left four.
  • Durham pitched all 10 innings, allowing just one run on seven hits and dealing six strikeouts.
  • Emily Sargent pitched all 10 innings for the Blue Devils, allowing no runs on four hits.
  • Krisanda led the Crusaders’ defense with nine putouts.

GAME TWO

Score:
 Central Connecticut 10, Holy Cross 0
Pitching Decision: W:Alex Casanas (4-9) | L: Katy Watson (0-8)
Time: 4:35 p.m.
Location: Worcester, Mass. (Freshman Field)
The Lead: Holy Cross fell in game two against Central Connecticut by a score of 10-0 on Thursday afternoon at Freshman Field.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • The Blue Devils started out game two with an offensive surge in the top of the first inning, as they registered four hits and brought home five runs.
  • In the second inning, Moss reached base after being hit by a pitch, and advanced to third off a double from sophomore Mandy McCarthy (Pearl River, N.Y.), but Holy Cross was unable to bring home either runners in scoring position.
  • Central Connecticut added runs in each of the remaining innings to extend their lead, tallying two runs on two hits in the third, two more on three hits in the fourth and a final run on one hit in the fifth.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • The Blue Devils outhit Holy Cross 13-4.
  • Central Connecticut left seven runners on base, while the Crusaders left five.
  • Sophomore Katy Watson (Bexley, Ohio) started the game for Holy Cross, and allowed five runs (four earned) off four hits. Freshman Alexandra Held (Houston, Texas) and sophomore Amanda Gonzalez (West Roxbury, Mass.) each pitched 2.1 innings in relief in the loss.
  • Alex Casanas allowed no runs on four hits pitching for Central Connecticut.
  • McCarthy led the Crusaders’ offense, going 2-for-2 with a single and a double.

UP NEXT:

  • The Crusaders return to action next Thursday, Apr. 7, as they play host to Quinnipiac for a doubleheader at Freshman Field with action beginning at 3:05 p.m.

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