WORCESTER, Mass. – Army pitcher Kristen West tossed a pair of complete game shutouts to help lead the Black Knights to a doubleheader sweep over Holy Cross, 1-0, and 6-0, in Patriot League softball action on Sunday afternoon at Freshman Field. With the wins, Army improves to 22-22 on the season and 9-5 in the conference, while the Crusaders fall to 10-22 overall and 5-9 in the league.
Army posted the first run of the game in its half of the second inning. Bernadette Cardon hit a single through the left side of the infield and scored Kasey McCravery for the contest's only run.
It was a pitching battle on both sides. Holy Cross had its chances in its half of the sixth, as freshman Emily Krisanda (Oak Hill, Va.) ripped a double to get in scoring position with two outs, but the Crusaders could not bring her home.
The Black Knights outhit the Crusaders 4-3. Neither team allowed an error in the game.
Sophomore Gennifer Durham (Abbeville, S.C.) suffered the loss (4-12) as she threw a seven innings giving up three hits to go along with three punchouts. West earned the win for Army (4-4), as she pitched a complete game allowing just three hits and struck out three Crusaders.
Army grabbed the early lead, as McCravery homered to left center to give the Black Knghts the 2-0 lead in the first inning. The Black Knights added two more runs in their half of the second off of two hits and one error to gain the 4-0 lead.
Holy Cross earned its first two hits of the game in the third, as senior Sarah Free (Claremont, Calif.) singled up the middle and sophomore Emily Jarvis (Hopkinton, Mass.) came through with a hit of her own. The Crusaders' rally ended, however, with a groundout to end the frame. Army added a run each in the sixth and seventh to make the score its final, 6-0
Crusader senior Julia Barrett (Gardner, Mass.) suffered the loss (6-6) in two innings of work as she gave up five hits, four runs and struck out one batter. Durham came in out of the bullpen and threw five innings giving up two runs and struck out four Black Knights. West earned her second victory of the day (5-4) pitching a complete game giving up five hits, and three walks.
Holy Cross is back in action on Monday, April 28, as the Crusaders and Black Knights finish the final game of a three-game series with the first pitch coming at 1:00 p.m.