WORCESTER, Mass. – Freshman pitcher Gennifer Durham (Abbeville, S.C.) retired all 21 batters she faced in order in game one for the first perfect game in Holy Cross history as the softball team split with Colgate, 1-1. The Crusaders are now 12-18 on the season and 6-4 in the Patriot League while the Raiders move to 11-19 (6-4 Patriot League).
Holy Cross scored the only run it would need in the bottom of the first inning as sophomore Ashleigh Vargas (Wakefield, Mass.) walked and junior Alex Gustafson (Medford, Mass.) hit a two-out double to the right center field gap to drive in Vargas. The Crusaders would threaten again in the bottom of the fourth as Gustafson hit her second double of the game and in the bottom of the fifth as junior Sarah Free (Claremont, Calif.) and Vargas reached second and third but could not score.
Durham registered seven ground outs, five pop outs, three foul outs, three line outs, two strike outs and one fly out. This was the first perfect game thrown by a Crusader pitcher since the team joined the Patriot League in 1991. It is unofficially the first perfect game in school history.
Durham is now 7-8 on the season after going seven innings in perfect fashion. Megan Carnase suffered the loss for Colgate and is now 2-6 on the year. Carnase went six innings allowing one run on five hits while striking out seven.
Alana Dyson led off game two for Colgate with a single up the middle but was unable to score. The Crusaders scored in the bottom of the first once again as freshman Emily Jarvis (Hopkinton, Mass.) led off with a single and scored on a single by senior Sam Fregenti (Melville, N.Y.). Holy Cross doubled its lead in the bottom of the second as junior Kelliner Croushore (Claremont, Calif.) walked and scored on a double steal attempt, making the score 2-0 Crusaders.
Colgate responded in the top of the third as Haley Fleming launched a one-out solo home run over the left center field fence, cutting the Crusader lead to 2-1. With Raider runners on second and third in the top of the fourth, Fleming singled in her second RBI of the game and Mariel Schlaefer singled to center to give Colgate its first lead of the afternoon, 3-2.
In the top of the sixth the Raiders advanced their lead by two runs. Eileen Ornousky started off the inning by hitting a single to shortstop. With a sacrifice bunt by Marisa Dowling, Ornousky advanced to second and stole home to make the score 4-2. Schlaefer singled to right field, recording an RBI by bringing Fleming to home plate. The Crusaders were unable to score in their final two plate appearances, making the final score 5-2.
For the Raiders, Courtney O'Connell earned the win by allowing two runs on seven hits while striking out six. Junior Julia Barrett (Gardner, Mass.) allowed five runs on nine hits and recorded four strikeouts. With the win O'Connell is 5-7 and Barrett is now 5-7 on the season.
The Crusaders will return to Freshman Field tomorrow, Sunday, April 14, for games three and four of the four-game series with Coglate beginning at 12:00 p.m.