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Crusaders Complete Weekend Sweep With 3-2 Victory Over Bucknell

Holy Cross Athletics   04-30-2017

THE BASICS

Score: Holy Cross 3, Bucknell 2
Records: Holy Cross (12-25, 7-8 Patriot League); Bucknell (23-18, 6-9 Patriot League)     
Pitching Decision: W: Alexandra Held (9-9) | L: Lauren Lichtenwalner (1-4) 
Date: 
April 30, 2017 
Time: 12:05 p.m. 
Location:
 Worcester, Mass. (Freshman Field)
The Lead: Senior second baseman Emily Krisanda batted .667 (2-for-3) to lead the Holy Cross softball team's offense, as the Crusaders captured their third win of the weekend with a 3-2 game three victory over Bucknell on Sunday afternoon. With their 3-0 series sweep against the Bison, the Crusaders are now in fourth place in the Patriot League standings.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • Bucknell jumped out to a brief 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning before the Crusaders answered in the bottom half of the second frame to tie the game at 1-1. Freshman right fielder Sydney Burr doubled to right center field before advancing to third base on a sacrifice bunt delivered by sophomore pitcher Alexandra Held. With two outs, senior left fielder Kylee Malouf used her speed to notch an infield base hit and bring home the run.
  • After Held retired the next three Bison batters, the Crusaders took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the third inning, as Krisanda registered a second double for Holy Cross and scored on a fielding error to give the Crusaders their edge.
  • The score remained the same up until the bottom of the fifth inning when the Crusaders moved out to a 3-1 advantage. Sophomore center fielder Jaclyn Brewster singled up the middle before sophomore shortstop Taylor Wahler reached on a sacrifice bunt error, bringing Brewster to third base. Junior third baseman Mandy McCarthy then plated the game-winning run on a sacrifice bunt that traveled down the first base line.
  • Bucknell responded in the top of the sixth inning on a triple hit by Lauren Hadley, followed by a RBI single lined to center field by Meghan Kovac to make it a 3-2 game.
  • The Bison then got runners on base in the top of the seventh inning. However, the Crusaders' defense prevailed, as Krisanda picked off a runner on a steal attempt at third base and junior first baseman Taylor Moss made the final out of the game on a ground ball to secure Holy Cross' one-run win.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Holy Cross was led by Krisanda who batted .667.
  • Holy Cross led 8-5 in hits.
  • Holy Cross left six runners on base, while Bucknell left four base runners stranded.
  • Held pitched through six innings, holding a 2.33 ERA to earn the win. Coming in to close was junior pitcher Katy Watson who picked up the save with runners on base in the seventh inning.
  • Lauren Lichtenwalner entered the game in the third inning, pitching through two frames and allowed the winning run to take the loss for Bucknell.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:

  • Holy Cross has come out on top in the past four games against the Bison.
  • With their 7-8 conference record, the Crusaders currently stand fourth in the Patriot League.
  • Krisanda led the Crusaders at the plate this weekend, batting .500 (4-for-8) with three doubles and a .875 slugging percentage. She recorded her 100th career hit during the series and is on a seven-game hitting streak. She has batted .429 with a .762 slugging percentage in her past seven games played.
  • Wahler has notched at least one hit in the past 11 of 12 games played, batting .325 during this span.
  • Watson picked up her second save of the season and third of her career.
  • Held pitched through 13 innings, recording a 1.62 ERA, two wins and seven strikeouts over the weekend. She has pitched through 28 innings, recording a 1.25 ERA with 24 strikeouts in her past six appearances.
  • Both Burr and Krisanda each have six doubles this season.

UP NEXT:

  • Holy Cross hits the road on Tuesday, May 2 for a 5:00 p.m. game at Providence.

KEEP CONNECTED:

  • Follow the Crusaders on Twitter @HCrossSoftballand 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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