WORCESTER, Mass. – Army outlasted the Crusaders in a 3-1 victory in 10 innings in game one and posted a 4-2 win in game two as the Holy Cross softball team hosted its first games of the 2013 season on Saturday afternoon at Freshman Field. The Black Knights improve to 18-13 (4-2 Patriot League) on the season while the Crusaders are now 9-15 (3-3 Patriot League).
It was a pitcher's duel in game one as neither team scored until the top of the sixth inning. Holy Cross freshman pitcher Gennifer Durham (Abbeville, S.C.) let up just six hits in the first five innings, but Alex Reynolds led off the top of the sixth with a double and came around to score on a single by Marina Northup to make the score 1-0 Army.
Army pitcher Morgan Lashley allowed just four hits in the first six innings until Crusader freshman Emily Jarvis (Hopkinton, Mass.) earned a one-out walk in the bottom of the seventh and stole second. Senior Sam Fregenti (Melville, N.Y.) then send a two-out single up the middle to score Jarvis and tie the game, 1-1.
The Crusaders loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth inning but could not bring a run across. The Black Knights led off the top of the 10th with back-to-back hits by Amanda Nguyen and Kasey McCravey and Reynolds singled down the left field line to bring them around to score. With the score 3-1 in the bottom of the 10th, Holy Cross had runners on first and second but could not complete the comeback and suffered a 3-1 defeat.
Lashley recorded the win to improve to 14-9 on the season, going 10 complete innings and allowing one run on six hits while striking out seven and walking eight. Durham took the loss, allowing 3 runs on 13 hits while striking out one and walking no one in 10 innings. She is now 5-7 on the year.
Holy Cross took an early lead in game two as sophomore Ashleigh Vargas (Wakefield, Mass.) walked and scored on an Army error and Fregenti singled and scored on a single by freshman Colleen Ahern (Northbrook, Ill.). The score remained 2-0, Crusaders, until the top of the fourth inning when Army plated four runs.
Junior pitcher Julia Barrett (Gardner, Mass.) retired the first nine batters she faced in order before Nguyen stepped to the plate in the fourth and recorded a bunt single and stole second base. McCravey then singled to center to bring in Nguyen. An error proved costly for the Crusaders as McCravey came around to score on the play and Reynolds and Northup then crossed the plate on a two-out double by Bernadette Cardon. All three runs were unearned. The Crusaders could not generate any offense in their final four plate appearances, recoding just one hit in the four frames, and Army posted a 4-2 victory.
Braetana Roy (4-4) got the win in the circle for the Black Knights, going seven innings and allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits and striking out three. Barrett (4-6) suffered the loss, going seven innings and allowing four runs (one earned) on five hits while striking out two.
The Crusaders and Black Knights will conclude the four-game series tomorrow, April 7, with a doubleheader at Freshman Field beginning at 12:00 p.m.