EASTON, Pa. – Junior Alex Gustafson (Medford, Mass.) hit a three-run triple in the top of the seventh inning to boost the Holy Cross softball team in game two of a doubleheader with Lafayette on Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders won, 6-4. The Leopards took game one, 5-2. Holy Cross is now 7-13 (1-1 Patriot League) on the season while Lafayette moves to 6-13 (1-1 Patriot League).
Freshman Emily Jarvis (Hopkinton, Mass.) led off the game with a single to the right side and came around to score on a Lafayette error to put the Crusaders up early, 1-0. The Leopards responded in the bottom of the second, putting up three runs to make the score 3-1. Lafayette then increased its lead in the bottom of the third, taking advantage of a Holy Cross error and a double by Melissa Robinson, to make the score 5-1.
Jarvis walked in the top of the fifth inning and stole second before advancing to third on an error and scoring on a groundout by senior Sam Fregenti (Melville, N.Y.). The Crusaders had runners on second and third in the top of the seventh inning but could not bring anyone around to score, falling in the contest, 5-2.
Robinson recorded the win, going seven innings allowing two runs (zero earned) on four hits while striking out six. Freshman Gennifer Durham (Abbeville, S.C.) suffered the loss, going six innings allowing five runs (one earned) on six hits. Durham is now 4-6 on the season.
Holy Cross took the lead early as Jarvis led off the game with a single and freshman Colleen Ahern (Northbrook, Ill.) drove her in a single to left field. Lafayette answered in the bottom of the fourth inning with four runs including a three-run home run by Allison Thomas to make the score 4-1, Leopards, after four complete innings.
With the game on the line in the top of the seventh inning, junior Kelliner Croushore (Claremont, Calif.) led off with a double down the right field line. Sophomore Emma Keough (Rochester, Mass.) followed with a single to left field and fellow classmate Abigail Lang (Londonderry, N.H.) drove in Croushore on a fielder's choice. After a single by Jarvis and sophomore Ashleigh Vargas (Wakefield, Mass.) reached on a fielder's choice, Gustafson hit a triple to right field, driving in three runs to give Holy Cross the lead, 5-4. Gustafson came around to score on a Lafayette error to increase the Crusader lead to 6-4.
Junior pitcher Julia Barrett (Gardner, Mass.) retired the side in order in the bottom of the seventh inning as the Crusaders came away with a 6-4 victory. Barrett moves to 3-5 on the season, allowing four runs on six hits while striking out nine. Robinson took the loss, moving to 5-8 on the season, allowing six runs (five earned) on eight hits while striking out five.
Holy Cross will complete the four-game series with Lafayette with a doubleheader tomorrow, March 31, beginning at 12:00 p.m.