WORCESTER, Mass. – The Holy Cross softball team hosted Central Connecticut State on Wednesday afternoon at Freshman Field in its final action of the 2012 season. The Crusaders took a 3-2 lead into the seventh inning of game one but the Blue Devils posted six runs on seven hits to take the 8-3 victory. Holy Cross jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in game two but CCSU answered with three runs in the top of the second. The Blue Devils added 10 runs in the fifth and sixth innings to hand the Crusaders the 13-2 loss and sweep the series.
Central Connecticut State took advantage of two Crusader errors in the top of the first inning and got out to an early 2-0 lead. After three scoreless innings, junior Sam Fregenti (Melville, N.Y.) ended CCSU pitcher Lauren Messina's perfect game attempt in the bottom of the fifth inning when she led off with a home run over the right center field fence. It was Fregenti's fourth of the season and 19th of her career.
The Crusaders took the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning when junior Jenna Legros (Sandy Hook, Conn.) singled up the middle to start the inning. Freshman Rebecca Sewell (Bedminster, N.J.) was hit by a pitch and senior Gwen Reimer (Pottsville, Pa.) loaded the bases with a single up the middle. Freshman Ashleigh Vargas (Wakefield, Mass.) then hit a one-out single into right center field to score Legros and Sewell and make the score 3-2. Holy Cross had runners on second and third with one out but were unable to add any insurance runs.
The Blue Devils responded in the top of the seventh by scoring six runs including a two-run home run by Arielle Bruno. Ashley Black added a triple and Tessa Brown and Kat Malcolm each doubled as four of the six CCSU hits in the inning went for extra bases. The Crusaders went down in order in the bottom half of the inning to give Central Connecticut State the 8-2 victory.
Senior Camille Trainor (Worcester, Mass.) took the loss moving to 2-9 on the season, going seven complete innings allowing five earned runs on 13 hits while striking out two. Messina (21-11) earned the win allowing three runs on four hits while striking out 13.
The Crusaders responded in the nightcap with two runs in the bottom of the first inning to gain the early 2-0 advantage. It did not last, however, as Malcolm knocked a one-out home run in the top of the second and two more runs came around to score on back-to-back doubles to make the score 3-2. The CCSU lead remained one run through the next two innings but the Blue Devils broke the game open in the top of the fifth.
After a lead-off double and RBI single to begin the inning, Legros came on in relief of freshman starting pitcher Emma Keough (Rochester, Mass.). The next two batters reached base and another RBI single made the score 5-2 with the bases loaded. Malcolm stepped to the plate and hit a grand slam for her second home run of the ballgame. With the score 9-2 after five, the Blue Devils added four more runs in the top of the sixth, including the second home run of the afternoon off the bat of Bruno, to make the final 13-2.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Fregenti reached after being hit by a pitch and sophomore Alex Gustafson (Medford, Mass.) registered her second hit of the game. Both runners advanced into scoring position on a wild pitch, but CCSU pitcher Jordan Tingley retired the next three batters in a row to end the game.
Keough (0-2) took the loss going four-plus innings allowing five runs on seven hits. Tingley (5-3) received the win going six complete innings allowing two runs on six hits while striking out five. Senior Camille Trainor registered an inning defensively at first, rounding out the only position she had yet to play this year, and ended the 2012 season having played all nine positions.
The Crusaders conclude the 2012 season with a record of 9-36 (4-14 PL).