McCarthy's Three-Run Homer Lifts Softball Past Lehigh
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - The Holy Cross softball team defeated Lehigh, 9-5, on May 6 in the final game of the season. Senior Mandy McCarthy went 3-4 with a three-run home run in her final at bat as a Crusader in the top of the eighth inning to give Holy Cross an 8-5 lead.
- Junior Olivia Sloane pitched five innings with two strikeouts.
- Senior Katy Watson pitched the last three innings of her career. Watson ended her four years with 266 strikeouts, which ranks third overall in program history.
- The Crusaders tallied one run in the second inning from senior Taylor Moss' first homerun of the season.
- Sophomore Sydney Behrens started things off in the fifth with a single to center field. Sophomore Molly Neil pinch ran for Behrens.
- Junior Jackie Brewster added a single to left field, and Neil advanced to second.
- Freshman Bella Jankowski hit a sacrifice bunt to allow Neil and Brewster to advance one base.
- A fielding error by Lehigh's shortstop allowed senior Mandy McCarthy to advance to first and record and RBI to send Neil home.
- Senior Savannah Young hit a single to left field recording an RBI as Neil scored.
- With the score in favor of the Mountain Hawks, 5-2, the Crusaders tied the game up with two runs in the seventh inning.
- Brewster hit a single to left field and later scored on a double from McCarthy.
- With freshman Alyssa Gutierrez pinch running for McCarthy, Young hit a single to right center and Gutierrez scored.
- With the score tied, 5-5, the game went into one extra inning.
- In the top of the eighth, the Crusaders took a 9-5 lead after scoring four runs.
- Brewster got on base with a single through the left side.
- Jankowski also singled to left center, and Brewster advanced to second.
- In her last at bat as a Crusader, McCarthy smashed a three-run homerun to record three RBIs and give the Crusaders an 8-5 lead.
- Young hit a double to left center, and Moss hit a double of her own recording an RBI to send Young home.
- Holy Cross held Lehigh to two hits and no runs in the bottom of the eighth inning and secured the win, 9-5.