WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross came short in the final game of the season by a score of 6-4 to Colgate today at Freshman Field. Junior Emma Keough (Rochester, Mass.) was 2-for-3 in the game adding two RBIs. With the loss, the Crusaders end the year with a 12-26 overall mark and a 7-11 record in Patriot League play. The Raiders finish their season with a 13-30 overall record and 5-13 in conference action.
Colgate started the game by taking a 1-0 lead in the first inning as Mariel Schlaefer homered to left field just beyond the reach of senior Sarah Free (Claremont, Calif.) over the fence.
Holy Cross answered with three runs in the bottom of the first to jump out to a 3-1 lead. Keough drove in a run with a sac fly to tie the game up at 1-1 with sophomore Emily Jarvis (Hopkinton, Mass.) crossing the plate. Jarvis started the inning off by reaching on a bunt single and then advanced to second on a passed ball. Freshman Emily Krisanda (Oak Hill, Va.) later reached on an error by the right fielder and senior Kelliner Croushore (Claremont, Calif.) scored. Sophomore designated player, Colleen Ahern, (Northbrook, Ill.) doubled down the left field line to score Krisanda for the third run.
The two run lead was cut to 3-2 as the Raiders scored a run of their own in the top of third as Schlaefer added her second hit and RBI of the game.
Colgate rallied in their half of the fifth as they scored four runs to claim a 6-3 lead. The starting pitcher for the Crusaders, sophomore Gennifer Durham, (Abbeville, S.C.) threw 4-1/3 innings before being replaced by senior Julia Barrett (Gardner, Mass). In the same inning, Holy Cross put one run on the board to make a small comeback and cut the lead 6-4 with a Keough base hit up the middle scoring Jarvis.
After the fifth, both teams did not record a single hit.
Jarvis had a great performance from the batter's box as she was 2-for-4 and scored two runs. Croushore, Ahern, Free and sophomore Sarah Kane (Jacksonville, Fla.) were all 1-for-3 under windy conditions.
Durham suffered the loss (4-14) giving up five hits, four runs and struck out three while facing 20 batters. Barrett threw 2-2/3 innings from the mound giving up two hits, two runs, walked and struck out one. Colgate's Brigit Ieuter was scheduled to start but was sidelined due to an injury. Megan Carnase earned the win (4-11) as she threw a complete game from the circle, giving up eight hits and struck out five Crusaders and walked one.
This concludes the 2014 campaign for the Holy Cross softball team.