April 7, 2013
WORCESTER, Mass. -
Gennifer Durham tossed a five-hitter and Colleen Ahern was 3-for-3, scored twice and drove in three runs in the opener, and Kelliner Croushore drove in the winning run in the bottom of the sixth in the nightcap in leading Holy Cross to a doubleheader sweep of Army in Patriot League action Sunday at Freshman Field.
The Crusaders (11-15, 5-3) posted a 7-2 victory in the first game and a 2-1 decision in the second game to stand tied for second in the league standings with Colgate. The double wins came one day after bowing to Army 3-1 in 10 innings and 4-2 as the Black Knights fell to 18-15 and 4-4 in league play.
In the opener, Holy Cross capitalized on back-to-back doubles to take a 1-0 lead in the second inning, then padded its advantage to 3-0 with a pair of runs on Ahern's two-run single in the third inning. The Black Knights drew to 3-2 after plating single runs in the fourth and fifth innings on Alex Reynolds' two-out infield hit and Bernadette Cardon's first career home run.
Holy Cross answered with four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning keyed by Emma Keough's two-run home run in closing out the scoring. Durham (6-7) scattered five hits, walked none and struck out one in going the distance. She retired the side in the sixth and seventh innings.
In the nightcap, the Black Knights rallied from a 1-0 first inning deficit to tie the game 1-1 in the top of the fourth on Rae Anne Payleitner's RBI single to center field scoring Marina Northup, who reached on a fielder's choice and moved to second on a wild pitch.
Winner Julia Barrett (5-6) kept Army in check over the final three frames stranding the go-ahead run in the fourth inning on a strike out and fielder's choice, striking out the side in the fifth and leaving a pair of runners on base in both the sixth and seventh innings.
After Holy Cross pulled ahead 2-1 in the sixth, Barrett yielded a single (her seventh hit of the game) to Christian McKone with one out in the seventh. Following the second out, Kasey McCravey was hit by a pitch as McKone moved into scoring position, but Barrett struck out the next batter looking with her sixth strikeout of the game.
Payleitner, Ortenzo and Reynolds each collected a pair of hits in the nightcap with Ortenzo and Reynolds stroking hits in both games. Ortenzo was 3-for-7 with a run scored and Reynolds was 3-for-6 with an RBI. In the four-game series, Reynodls batted .429 (6-for-14) with three RBI and two runs scored. Cardon also had three RBI stroking a double and home run.
Morgan Lashley (14-10) in the first game and Braetana Roy (4-5) in the nightcap were tagged with the losses.
The Black Knights are at Drexel Wednesday as they prepare to take on defending Patriot League champion and preseason favorite Lehigh in Bethlehem, Pa., next weekend. The Mountain Hawks took three games from Lafayette over the weekend to stand first in the league standings with a 6-2 mark.