March 27, 2012

Softball Set To Begin Patriot League Play This Weekend

Overall Record: 3-14 (0-0 PL), Last Week: 1-2
Scoreboard: Central Connecticut State 9, Holy Cross 3, New Britain, Conn., 3/22
Marist 12, Holy Cross 3, Worcester, Mass., 3/24
Holy Cross 6, Marist 3, Worcester, Mass., 3/24
Schedule: Tuesday, March 27 vs. Rhode Island, Worcester, Mass., 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 31 at Army, West Point, N.Y., 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 31 at Army, West Point, N.Y., 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 1 at Army, West Point, N.Y., 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 1 at Army, West Point, N.Y., 3:00 p.m.

  • The Holy Cross softball team will play five games this week including its first Patriot League games of the season against Army. The team is set to host Rhode Island on Tuesday, March 27, beginning at 3:00 p.m. The Crusaders will then travel to West Point, N.Y. for a four-game series with a doubleheader on Saturday, March 31, and Sunday, April 1. Games are set to begin at 1:00 p.m. both days.
  • Last season, Holy Cross hosted Rhode Island in a mid-week doubleheader falling in both games by scores of 8-4 and 13-6. The Crusaders tallied 19 hits on the day but it was not enough to overcome the offensive attack from the Rams. Junior Sam Fregenti (Melville, N.Y.) went four-for-six on the day and sophomore Alex Gustafson (Medford, Mass.) went two-for-five to lead the Crusaders at the plate.
  • Holy Cross hosted Army in two doubleheaders last season, splitting the series 2-2. Holy Cross lost the first game of the series 8-7 in 10 innings before squeezing out a victory in game two, 4-3. On the second day of action the Crusaders suffered another heartbreaking extra inning loss by a score of 4-3 in 11 innings before taking down the Black Knights 13-4 in six innings to conclude the series. Junior Jenna Legros (Sandy Hook, Conn.) earned both victories for Holy Cross marking her first two victories of the season in the circle. Graduate Keeley Seniuk led the offensive attack for the Crusaders going nine-for-17 on the weekend with five RBI and six runs scored and earned Patriot League Player of the Week honors.
  • Rhode Island enters the game with a record of 8-14 and is coming off its first conference games of the season, splitting a two-game series with Saint Louis (3/23-3/24) on the road. The Rams are batting .271 with 94 runs including 16 home runs in 22 games this season. Courtney Prendergast leads the team with five home runs and 14 RBI while batting .394 on the year.
  • Army currently stands at 13-12 coming off a 1-3 showing at the Pennsylvania Spring Invitational. Army will play host to Saint Peter?s in a doubleheader on March 28 before welcoming the Crusaders to West Point. The Black Knights have totaled a team batting average of .284 through 25 games this season. Senior Alexis AuBuchon has started every game Army and currently holds a .342 batting average with 26 hits and seven RBI.
  • Holy Cross is coming off its third win of the season with a victory in the second game of a doubleheader over Marist (3/24). The Crusaders hit three home runs in last week?s action. Freshman Abigail Lang (Londonderry, N.H.) hit her first career home run to spark a Crusader rally in the top of the fifth inning versus Central Connecticut State (3/22). Senior Camille Trainor (Worcester, Mass.) knocked a two-run home run out of the park in the same inning against the Blue Devils for her first of the season and third of her career. Sophomore Sarah Free (Claremont, Calif.) blasted her first career home run in the first game of the doubleheader against Marist. Sophomore pitcher Julia Barrett (Gardner, Mass.) earned her second victory of the season throwing a complete game against Marist allowing five hits and three runs (one earned) while striking out two. Barrett?s earned run average currently sits at a team-high 2.13.
  • Junior Kat Rosenthal (Boston, Mass.) leads the Crusaders with a .333 batting average in 12 at-bats. She went two-for-three with one RBI in the Crusader?s victory on Saturday. Sophomore Kelliner Croushore (Claremont, Calif.) went four-for-nine on the week raising her batting average just over 60 percentage points to .257. Freshman Emma Keough (Rochester, Mass.) recorded her first career hits and RBI on Saturday. In game one she tripled to right field for her first hit and stayed hot game two going two-for-two with two RBI.