WORCESTER, Mass. – Senior Sam Fregenti (Melville, N.Y.) went three-for-three with one run batted in and two runs scored in the second game of the doubleheader as the Holy Cross softball team fell to Bucknell by scores of 4-3 and 7-6 (nine innings) on Sunday afternoon at Freshman Field on senior day. The Crusaders finish the 2013 season with a record of 13-31 (7-13 Patriot League) while the Bison conclude the regular season with a record of 20-28 (11-9 Patriot League).
Bucknell took an early lead in the top of the first inning as Cassie Greenhawk reached on a fielder's choice and stole second before Erin Cox hit a double down the left field line to make the score 1-0, Bison. The visitors increased their lead in the top of the third as Courtney Conover doubled and Greenhawk singled before Kristen Zahn singled to drive them in and increase the Bucknell lead to 3-0.
Holy Cross answered in the bottom of the fourth as Fregenti was hit by a pitch and junior Kelliner Croushore (Claremont, Calif.) hit her team-high fifth home run of the season over the right field fence to cut the Bison lead to 3-2.
Bucknell's Greenhawk then led off the top of the fifth with her second single of the game and scored on a RBI triple by Zahn, giving the Bison a 4-2 advantage. The Crusaders responded once again in the bottom half of the inning as sophomore Ashleigh Vargas (Wakefield, Mass.) walked and scored on a double by freshman Emily Jarvis (Hopkinton, Mass.), making it a one-run game at 4-3, Bucknell.
Holy Cross put one runner on in the bottom of the seventh but could not score as the Bison posted a 4-3 victory, knocking the Crusaders out of Patriot League playoff contention. Bucknell starting pitcher Amanda Fazio (10-13) recorded the win and went four and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on three hits while striking out five. Dana Nielsen came on in relief to pitch two and one-third scoreless innings and record her second save of the season. Freshman Holy Cross pitcher Gennifer Durham (Abbeville, S.C.) took the loss and went three innings, allowing three runs on six hits while striking out three. Junior Julia Barrett (Gardner, Mass.) pitched four relief innings and allowed one run on five hits while striking out four.
The Bison jumped out to a 2-0 lead as Cydnee Sanders scored on a wild pitch and Greenhawk came in on a groundout. The Crusaders cut the deficit in half in the bottom of the frame as Jarvis reached on a bunt single and scored on a double by Fregenti making the score 2-1, Bucknell. After a scoreless second, Bucknell plated one run in the top of the third before Holy Cross answered in the bottom of the stanza with a RBI single by Vargas, making the score 3-2, Bison.
The Crusaders took the lead in the bottom of the fourth when junior Alex Gustafson (Medford, Mass.) singled and Fregenti followed with a double. Freshman Colleen Ahern (Northbrook, Ill.) then doubled to right center field to drive in both runners and make the score 4-3, Holy Cross. Bucknell came right back in the top of the fifth to regain the lead at 5-4 as Cox hit a two-run home run to left field. The scoring continued in the bottom of the fifth on a two-RBI single by Jarvis to put HC back in front, 6-5.
The visitors tied the game in the top of the sixth when pinch runner Lauren Swindell scored on an error, making the 6-6. Durham relieved starting Holy Cross senior pitcher Jenna Legros (Sandy Hook, Conn.) in the top of the seventh, and Durham retired five batters in a row before surrendering the game-winning run for the Bison. In the top of the ninth, Cox singled in Sanders to give Bucknell the eventual 7-6 victory in nine innings.
Bison senior pitcher Alex MacLean received the win to move to 1-0 on the season after working three innings in relief and allowing just two hits. Starting Bucknell pitcher Bridget Gates went four and one-third innings to start the game and re-entered in the bottom of the ninth to record the save. She went four innings total and allowed two runs on seven hits while striking out six. Durham took the loss for Holy Cross and finishes her rookie campaign with a record of 7-15. Legros went six and one-third innings in the final appearance of her career for the no-decision.
Prior to the start of today's doubleheader, Fregenti, Legros and senior Kat Rosenthal (Boston, Mass.) were honored in a brief ceremony for their hard work and dedication to the softball program over the past four seasons.
The Crusaders have concluded the 2013 season.