Score: Maine 5, Holy Cross 4 Records: Holy Cross (7-24, 2-7 Patriot League); Maine (13-18, 7-1 America East) Pitching Decision: W: Annie Kennedy (5-3) | L: Katy Watson (1-11) Date: April 19, 2017 Time: 5:05 p.m. Location: Worcester, Mass. (Freshman Field) The Lead: Junior pitcher Katy Watson threw for a complete seven innings for the Holy Cross softball team, recording a season-best eight strikeouts, but the Crusaders were edged in the seventh inning by Maine, as they suffered a 5-4 loss at home on Wednesday.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
Holy Cross took an early 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, scoring on three hits and an error with two outs in the inning. First, junior third baseman Mandy McCarthy brought home sophomore shortstop Taylor Wahleron a single hit through the right side. Next, junior first baseman Taylor Moss singled to left field, as freshman designated player Sydney Burr drove in the final two runs of the inning with a double hit to center field.
The Crusaders played tough defense through the next five innings to keep the Black Bears off the board and maintain their 3-0 lead, as Watson tallied six strikeouts during this span.
Maine briefly trimmed the deficit to two runs in the top of the sixth inning, scoring on a sacrifice fly to right field hit by Felicia Lennon to make it a 3-1 game.
However, Holy Cross responded right away to regain its three-run lead in the bottom of the sixth inning, matching the Black Bears’ run with a triple smashed down the first base line by Burr, as the Crusaders moved out to a 4-1 advantage to enter the final frame.
Then in the top of the seventh inning, Maine tallied four runs on three hits, as Rachel Harvey doubled to left field to plate the first pair of runs before Alyssa Derrick picked up the game-winning RBI with her two-run home run shot to center field.
Down by one with the score 5-4 and two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, both senior second baseman Emily Krisanda and McCarthy got on base, but Maine found the final out of the game to hold onto its one-run victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
Holy Cross was led by Burr, who registered a .667 battings average (3-for-2) with one double, one triple and three RBIs.
Krisanda and Moss both batted .500 (2-for-4), as McCarthy and freshman right fielder Carley Boothe each batted .333 (1-for-3).
Holy Cross outhit Maine 8-6.
Holy Cross left seven runners on base, while the Black Bears left six base runners stranded.
Watson threw a complete seven innings, notching a season-high eight strikeouts and holding a 4.00 ERA but took the loss for the Crusaders.
Annie Kennedy pitched a complete game for Maine to pick up the win.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:
McCarthy has tallied at least one hit in the past 16 of 18 games played. She currently leads the team with a .364 batting average and a .489 slugging percentage.
Watson pitched her first complete game of the season.
Burr is on a five-game hitting streak, registering a .357 batting average and .571 slugging percentage during this span. She tallied her fourth career double and second career triple.
Holy Cross returns to Patriot League action on the road at the weekend from April 22-23 for three games at Colgate.
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