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Softball Falls To Hampton And Gardner-Webb

Holy Cross Athletics   02-18-2017

GAME ONE

Score:
 Hampton 3, Holy Cross 2
Records: Holy Cross (2-1); Hampton (1-5)
Pitching Decision: W: Allyson Barbinsack (1-0) | L: Katy Watson (0-1)
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: Boiling Springs, N.C. (Brinkley Stadium)
The Lead:  Allyson Barbinsack pitched a full game for Pirates, recording six strikeouts, as the Holy Cross softball fell to Hampton, 3-2, on Saturday morning at the Runnin’ Bulldog Tournament.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • Both sides played strong defense through the first two innings before Hampton took the lead in the third frame on an RBI single that scored two runs. The Pirates plated another run in the fifth inning on two hits, as Holy Cross trailed 3-0.
  • The Crusaders rallied for a two-run spurt in the top of the sixth inning to close in on one run. Junior first baseman Taylor Moss and junior third baseman Mandy McCarthy each had an RBI single to score the runs and make it a 3-2 game to enter the seventh inning.
  • The Crusaders got a runner on second base in the top of the seventh, but couldn’t notch the tying run, as Hampton held onto the 3-2 lead for the win.

 INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Hampton led, 7-6 in hits.
  • The Pirates left four runners on base, while Holy Cross left seven.
  • Junior pitcher Katy Watson pitched the first three innings and notched five strikeouts, but allowed two earned runs and took the loss for Holy Cross.
  • Barbinsack secured the win for Hampton, pitching seven innings and recording six strikeouts.

GAME TWO

Score:
 Gardner-Webb 3, Holy Cross 2
Record: Holy Cross (2-2); Gardner-Webb (3-8)
Pitching Decision: W:  Ashley Wark (1-1) | L: Katy Watson (0-2)
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Location: Boiling Springs, N.C. (Brinkley Stadium)
The Lead:  Moss led the Crusaders with two RBIs, but the Holy Cross softball team dropped a 3-2 decision to Gardner-Webb on Saturday afternoon.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • The Crusaders took an early 2-0 lead, notching one run in the opening inning and another in the third. In the top of the first inning, sophomore center fielder Jaclyn Brewster wacked a double to right field before advancing the third base on a single by senior second baseman Emily Krisanda. Moss brought Brewster home on a sacrifice fly. Moss then picked up her second RBI of the game on a single to right field to plate Krisanda in the third inning, as Holy Cross expanded out to a 2-0 lead.
  • The Runnin’ Bulldogs trimmed the deficit to one run in the bottom of the fourth inning (2-1) with a four-hit surge, resulting in one run on an RBI single.
  • The Crusaders held their lead through the fifth inning, but Gardner-Webb rallied back in the bottom of the sixth and scored two runs on two hits to take a 3-2 lead. The Crusaders were unable to overcome the deficit in the top of the seventh inning, as the home team claimed the win.

 INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Gardner-Webb led in hits, 9-8.
  • The Runnin’ Bulldogs left 10 runners on base, while Holy Cross left seven.
  • Watson took the loss for Holy Cross, pitching 1.1 innings and allowed two runs.
  • Ashley Wark pitched four innings for Gardner-Webb and tallied four strikeouts to earn the win and register a save.

UP NEXT:

  • The Crusaders conclude action at the Runnin’ Bulldog Tournament tomorrow morning with one game against Seton Hall at 9:00 a.m.

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  • Follow the Crusaders on Twitter @HCrossSoftball and on Facebook. You can also get the latest news and results on the team sent directly to your e-mail. To sign up for e-mail alerts go here.

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