Score: Florida International 14, Holy Cross 0 (5 Innings) Records: Holy Cross (2-4); Florida International (16-6) Pitching Decision: W: Megan Kugelmann (7-1) | L: Alexandra Held(2-1) Date: March 7, 2017 Time: 1:00 p.m. Location: Fort Myers, Fla. (Florida Gulf Coast Softball Complex) The Lead: Senior second baseman Emily Krisandaled the Crusaders with two hits, but the Holy Cross softball team fell to Florida International, 14-0 in their first game of the Florida Gulf Coast Invitational on Tuesday afternoon.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
Florida International jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning. With two on base, Kasandra Castle smashed a home run to center field to give the Panthers a 3-0 lead. Florida International plated another score on a throwing error to expand out to a four-run lead in the opening inning.
The Panthers tacked on another pair of runs on two errors in second inning before tallying three more scores in the top of the fourth inning to move out to a 9-0 advantage.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Holy Cross got runners on second and third base with a single by Krisanda, followed by a double shot off the right field wall by junior first baseman Taylor Moss. However, Florida International found the next two outs to end the inning.
In the top of the fifth inning, the Panthers recorded five more runs on two more homers to capture the 14-0 win.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
The Panthers led, 11-4 in hits.
Holy Cross left three runners on base, while Florida International left six.
Sophomore Alexandra Held notched four strikeouts through 4.1 innings tossed, but allowed seven earned runs and took the loss for Holy Cross.
Megan Kugelmann secured the win for the Panthers, pitching four innings and recording three strikeouts.
Score: Florida Gulf Coast 12, Holy Cross 9 Record: Holy Cross (2-5); Florida Gulf Coast (11-9) Pitching Decision: W: Taylor Wade (5-4) | L: Katy Watson(0-3) Date: March 7, 2017 Time: 5:45 p.m. Location: Fort Myers, Fla. (Florida Gulf Coast Softball Complex) The Lead: Both Moss and Krisanda each posted a .500 batting average on two hits and two RBIs to lead the Crusaders, but the Holy Cross softball team dropped a 12-9 decision to Florida Gulf Coast in Fort Myers, Fla. on Tuesday.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
Both sides battled to start the game with each team scoring runs in the first three innings.
The Crusaders jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning while registering three hits. Sophomore shortstop Taylor Wahler hit an infield single before Moss brought her home on a double to center field.
The Eagles responded in the bottom of the first inning with a three-run homerun hit by Erica Ward, giving Florida Gulf Coast a 3-1 lead.
Holy Cross then rallied for five runs in the top of the second inning to take a 6-3 lead. With two outs, the Crusaders loaded the bases before Krisanda brought in two runs on a single to right field. Moss plated another run on a line drive down the left field line before junior third baseman Mandy McCarthysmashed a double to left field to plate two more runs for Holy Cross.
However, Florida Gulf Coast matched the Crusaders’ five runs in the bottom of the second inning on five hits to regain the lead with the score, 8-6.
Holy Cross answered with a two-run spurt in the top of the third inning to tie the game at 8-8. After getting on base with her first career hit, Held scored on an error by the third baseman before senior right fielder Kylee Malouf scored on a sacrifice fly on a foul ball hit by sophomore center fielder Jaclyn Brewster.
Once again, the Eagles notched a pair of runs to take a 10-8 lead on two hits in the bottom of the third inning.
The action picked up in the bottom of the fifth inning with Florida Gulf Coast recording a run before Holy Cross plated the following run on a sacrifice fly hit by junior left fielder Gabby Muniz in the top of the sixth inning, as the Crusaders trailed by two runs (11-9).
The Eagles tacked on one more run in the bottom of the sixth, as Holy Cross was unable to overcome the deficit and fell, 12-9.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
Hits were tied at 14-14, as both sides left seven runners on base.
Junior pitcher Katy Watsontook the loss for Holy Cross, pitching for three innings, while allowing 10 earned runs.
Taylor Wade pitched six innings for Florida Gulf Coast and tallied four strikeouts to earn the win.
The Crusaders return to the Florida Gulf Coast’s Softball Complex tomorrow for two more games. Holy Cross will face Ball State at 2:30 p.m. before concluding action at the invitational with a second contest against the Eagles at 5:00 p.m.
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