KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Freshman Emily Jarvis (Hopkinton, Mass.) went two-for-two with a home run and a double in the opening game of the season as the Holy Cross softball team began the 2013 campaign with a pair of losses at the Rebel Spring Games on Sunday. The Crusaders suffered a 14-2 defeat in the day's first game against South Dakota but battled hard in game two against LaSalle, ultimately falling in a close contest, 4-3.
South Dakota started off strong by bringing in nine runs in the bottom of the first inning. Katie Dinning hit a RBI double to bring in Lindsey Boyd and put the Coyotes on the scoreboard, 1-0. Christine Broders and Morgan Hancock broke the game open with back-to-back home runs, combining to bring in a total of four runs, as South Dakota batted around in the first inning, knocking senior pitcher Jenna Legros (Sandy Hook, Conn.) from the game.
The Crusaders finally got on the board in the third inning as a RBI single by junior Alex Gustafson (Medford, Mass.) brought home Jarvis, who reached base with a one-out double for her first career hit. South Dakota increased its lead in the bottom of the third and fourth innings, adding five runs to make the score 14-1 after four. For the Crusaders, Jarvis launched her first career home run to left center field, bringing the final total to 14-2.
Legros suffered the loss to move to 0-1 on the season. Freshman Gennifer Durham (Abbeville, S.C.) made her first collegiate appearance, pitching three and two-thirds innings while striking out four. Erica Denney got the win for the Coyotes to move to 6-3 on the season, giving up just four hits and striking out seven.
Holy Cross started off strong in the second game with two runs in the bottom of the first inning. Jarvis led off the game with a single and Gustafson followed with a walk to put two runners on base. Freshman Colleen Ahern (Northbrook, Ill.) then hit a one-out, two-run, RBI double to put the Crusaders ahead, 2-0.
After three scoreless innings, LaSalle put three runs on the scoreboard in the top of the fourth. Kristin Travers scored the first run of the day for the Explorers on a single from Alyssa Sims. After a sacrifice bunt from Kendra Heyer, Casey Lester doubled as Sims and Paige Giunta scored and gave LaSalle a 3-2 lead. After a scoreless fourth, senior Sam Fregenti (Melville, N.Y.) wasted no time evening the score, 3-3, leading off the bottom of the fifth with her first home run of the season. However, Alicia Aughton scored the game-winning run in the top of the seventh inning after a Crusader error to give the Explorers the 4-3 victory.
Junior Julia Barrett (Gardner, Mass.) pitched seven complete innings, allowing one earned run while striking out seven, but falls to 0-1 on the year. Aughton earned victory for LaSalle, pitching seven complete innings with 10 strikeouts and seven walks.
Holy Cross (0-2) will continue action at the Rebel Spring Games tomorrow, Monday, March 4, against Pennsylvania (9:30 a.m.) and Tennessee-Martin (11:00 a.m.).