WORCESTER, Mass. – The Holy Cross softball teams hosted Rhode Island at Freshman Field on Tuesday afternoon and fell to the Rams by a score of 11-1 in five innings. Rhode Island scored in every inning except the fourth to secure its ninth victory of the season. Senior Gwen Reimer (Pottsville, Pa.) scored the only run for the Crusaders after laying down a perfect bunt single in the bottom of the fourth inning. After moving to third on a single by junior Sam Fregenti (Melville, N.Y.), sophomore Kelliner Croushore (Claremont, Calif.) drove her in on a ground ball to short stop.
Junior starting pitcher Jenna Legros (Sandy Hook, Conn.) struggled early in the circle for Holy Cross giving up three walks in the first inning. However, she was able to get out of the jam giving up just one run by getting back-to-back ground outs with runners on second and third to end the inning. An error proved costly once again for the Crusaders as the Rams plated four runs with two outs in the top of the second, all unearned. Senior Nicole Massoni capped off the inning with a two-run home run to bring the Rams' lead to 5-0.
Sophomore Jocelyn Mattison led off the top of the third with a solo home run to left field. Rhode Island put up five hits in the inning and took advantage of a second Holy Cross error to increase its lead to 10-0. With the bases loaded and no outs, freshman Meg Kelly recorded a bases-clearing triple and scored when the next batter singled to center. After Kelly walked to begin the top of the fifth, she came around to score the 11th and final run for the Rams on a base hit by Massoni.
Fregenti recorded two of the three hits on the day for the Crusaders as she went two-for-two on the day. Rams hurler Sam Bedore (5-4) went five complete innings allowing one run on three hits while striking out nine and walking two. The Rams are now 9-14 on the year. Legros (0-5) gave up 11 runs (six earned) on nine hits while striking out two and walking six. She recorded nine ground ball outs on the afternoon including inducing a four-six-three double play in the top of the third inning. Holy Cross falls to 3-15 on the season.
The Crusaders will return to action for its first Patriot League games of the season this weekend, March 31 and April 1, in West Point, N.Y. The four-game series with Army will consist of two doubleheaders beginning at 1:00 p.m. both days.