Score: Boston University 4, Holy Cross 1 Records: Holy Cross (5-17, 2-2 PL); Boston University (9-20, 1-3 PL) Pitching Decision: W: Kali Magane (5-8) | L: Alexandra Held (3-6) Date: April 8, 2017 Time: 12:00 p.m. Location: Boston, Mass. (BU Softball Field) The Lead: Alex Heinen hit a three-run homer for Boston University in the bottom of the fourth inning, as the Holy Cross softball team fell to the Terriers, 4-1, in the first game of the series on Saturday afternoon in Boston.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
Both sides played strong defense through the first three innings, as the score remained locked at 0-0.
Boston University broke the tie in the bottom of the fourth inning, notching four runs using four hits, including a three-run homer hit by Heinen.
Down 4-0 in the top of the seventh inning, junior third baseman Mandy McCarthy led off with a home run to left field for Holy Cross to make it a three-run game, but the Crusaders didn’t get any closer, as the Terriers held onto the 4-1 win.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
Hits were 8-3 in favor of Boston University.
Holy Cross left four runners on base, while Boston University left seven runners stranded.
Sophomore pitcher Alexandra Held threw for four innings and allowed four earned runs to take the loss for Holy Cross.
Kali Magane pitched for a full seven innings, tallying eight strikeouts to earn the win for Boston University.
Score: Boston University 9, Holy Cross 3 Record: Holy Cross (5-18, 2-3 PL); Boston University (10-20, 2-3 PL) Pitching Decision: W: Makinna Akers(5-6) | L: Olivia Sloane (1-3) Date: April 8, 2017 Time: 2:00 p.m. Location: Boston, Mass. The Lead: McCarthy and junior first baseman Taylor Mossbrought home the only runs for the Crusaders, as the Holy Cross softball team dropped a 9-3 decision to Boston University in the second game of the day on Saturday.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
Holy Cross jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning, scoring on three hits and an error. With runners on second and third base, McCarthy hit an RBI single to left field before Moss brought home two more Crusaders on a single hit down the third base line.
The Terriers responded with three doubles in the bottom of the first inning that scored two runs before tacking on four more runs in the second and third innings to take a 6-3 lead.
The score remained the same until the bottom of the sixth inning when the Terriers used a three-run spurt to expand their lead to 9-3 and secure the victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
Boston University led 13-5 in hits.
The Crusaders left five runners on base, while Boston University left six.
Sophomore pitcher Olivia Sloane threw for the first two innings, allowing five earned runs to take the loss for Holy Cross. Junior pitcher Katy Watson pitched the last five innings for Holy Cross and allowed three earned runs, while recording four strikeouts.
Makinna Akers pitched a full seven innings and earned the win for the Terriers.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:
McCarthy hit her fourth career home run and first homer of the season. She led the Crusaders on the day, batting .333 (2-for-6), scoring two runs and registering two RBIs. She has recorded at least one hit in 10-straight games. During this span, she has led the team with a .484 batting average, .677 slugging percentage, 15 hits, seven RBIs and three doubles.
Holy Cross returns to action tomorrow for its third game of the series against Boston University at 12:00 p.m. in Boston.
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