WORCESTER, Mass. – Sophomore designated player Colleen Ahern (Northbrook, Ill.) went three-for-seven with a run batted in, as the Holy Cross softball team split a doubleheader with Colgate at Freshman Field. The Raiders won the first game 2-0, before the Crusaders came from behind to take the second contest 6-5 in eight innings. Holy Cross now stands 12-25 overall and 7-10 in the Patriot League, while Colgate moves to 12-30 on the season and 4-12 in the conference.
Colgate scored a pair pf runs in the top of the first inning on a two-run home run by Eileen Ornousky. That was all the offense the Raiders would need, as Brigit Ieuter threw a complete game shutout, allowing only three hits while striking out four. Sophomore pitcher Gennifer Durham (Abbeville, S.C.) took the loss for the Crusaders, allowing two runs on five hits with 10 strikeouts in a seven-inning complete game effort.
Colgate jumped out to an early 4-0 lead, before sophomore shortstop Sarah Kane (Jacksonville, Fla.) put Holy Cross on the board in the bottom of the second with an RBI single. Freshman second baseman Emily Krisanda (Oak Hill, Va.) added a two-run single in the bottom of the third, before an RBI double by the Raiders' Mariel Schlaefer in the top of the fourth made the score 5-3. The Crusaders responded with an RBI double from junior catcher Abigail Lang (Londonderry, N.H.) in the bottom of the fourth, then tied the game at 5-5 in the sixth when sophomore pinch runner Hailey Mullen (Plainville, Mass.) scored on an error. The score would remain tied until the bottom of the eighth inning, when Ahern delivered an RBI single to end the game.
Senior pitcher Julia Barrett (Gardner, Mass.) earned the win in game two, allowing five runs on 14 hits while striking out nine in an eight-inning complete game. Ieuter took the loss for Colgate, giving up three runs on two hits in four innings of relief.
Holy Cross returns to action tomorrow, May 4, when it concludes its series against Colgate with a single game at 12:00 p.m.
Prior to the doubleheader, head coach Brian Claypool and Athletics Director Nathan Pine took a moment to recognize the team's five seniors for their hard work and dedication to the team over the past four seasons. Click below to watch the video.