WORCESTER, Mass. – The Holy Cross softball dropped a pair of games against UMass Lowell on Tuesday afternoon in non conference action at Freshman Field by scores of 5-1 and 7-5. Freshman Emily Krisanda (Oak Hill, Va.) led the Crusaders in the second game going 2-for-4 with her first collegiate home run and added four RBI in the process. Holy Cross slips to 11-24 overall while UMass Lowell moves to 10-35 on the season.
UMass Lowell scored first in the top of the second inning with two runs off two hits and one Holy Cross error. The bats for the River Hawks came alive in the third as they jumped out to a commanding 5-0 lead with a solo shot from Emily O'Brien and two-run home run by Alyssa Zinkiewicz.
Holy Cross posted its only run in the bottom of the seventh as freshman Kylee Malouf (Simi Valley, Calif.) hit a two-out single to score senior Kelliner Croushore (Claremont, Calif.), who led off the inning with a single of her own.
Freshman Maggie Goldberg (Midlothian, Va.) got the start in the circle and took the loss (0-2) going one and two-thirds innings and giving up two unearned runs on two hits. Junior Emma Keough (Rochester, Mass.) came in relief as she pitched 4.1 innings giving up five hits, and three runs. UMass Lowell's Marielle Handley earned the win (6-17) throwing seven full innings of work from the circle in a giving up eight hits, one run, one walk and striking out eight Holy Cross batters.
Holy Cross opened the game with two runs in the bottom of the first as Krisanda hammered a single down the right field line posting two RBI's and Malouf and sophomore Emily Jarvis (Hopkinton, Mass.) crossed the plate.
The River Hawks put up a run of their own in the second to cut the deficit 2-1. A single up the middle by Abby Jamieson allowing Ariana Darcy to score knotted the game up at 2-2 in the third.
In the bottom half of the third, Holy Cross took a 4-2 lead as Krisanda posted a two run blast to center field.
UMass Lowell rallied in the top of the fourth to score five runs and take a 7-4 lead. Darcy tripled to right field bringing in two runs. She totaled three RBI on the day.
Holy Cross added its final run in the bottom of the sixth as Malouf reached first base on a bunt with the bases loaded as sophomore Sarah Kane (Jacksonville, Fla.) scored. The team went down in order in the seventh to fall by a 7-5 decision.
Senior Julia Barrett (Gardner, Mass.) pitched seven innings of work from the circle as she suffered the loss (7-7) giving up 13 hits while striking out five batters. Ramirez earned the victory (3-13) in 3.1 innings of work before Handley came on in relief and got credit for her first save of the season, throwing 3.2 innings.
Holy Cross will be back on the diamond this weekend with a three-game series against Patriot League foe Colgate. The series will begin with a doubleheader on Saturday, May 3 beginning at 12:00 p.m.