Lehigh University’s softball team defeats Holy Cross in three-game series

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With an 8-2 win over the College of the Holy Cross, the softball team (24-15, 12-3) won the rubber game of the three-game series against the Crusaders.

Holy Cross scored its only runs in the top of the second inning. First-year infielder Emily Krisanda and junior infielder Emma Keough hit back-to-back doubles to bring Krisanda around the bases and put the Crusaders on the board. Sophomore shortstop Sarah Kane then hit a triple down the line to score Keough and give Holy Cross another run.

In the bottom of the second inning, the Mountain Hawks responded strong, securing three runs of their own. Sophomore infielder/outfielder Jessica Calvini hit a double to bring in first-year infielder/outfielder Vicky Lattanzio with no outs in the inning. Junior infielder/outfielder Emma Capetz then homered down the left field line with Calvini on second to tally two more on the board for the Hawks.

The Hawks then continued strong into the third, shutting out Holy Cross and continuing to add to their lead. After closing out the Crusaders in the top of the inning, Lehigh added five runs to the scoreboard to bring the score to 8-2, which would be the final tally of the game.

In the inning, Latanzio hit a double to bring junior pitcher/outfielder Emily Bausher to third, scoring senior infielder Lizzy Odren and sophomore infielder Alexis Watanabe. Junior infielder Cassie Waggy hit another double to left field to bring in Latanzio and Bausher. Senior outfielder Kristin Taft came in to run for Waggy at second. Capetz hit a single that Taft capitalized on to get a run giving the Hawks a total of five runs in the inning.

At the top of the fourth inning sophomore infielder Morgan Decker helped the Hawks on defense, as she made two outs from her third base corner on hits. In the fifth inning, the teams were solid on defense as neither gave up runs to the other team, a trend which continued throughout the rest of the game.

Going into Sunday’s game, the Hawks were aiming to finish strong in their three-game series.

“We wanted to make sure that we swung at good pitches, and we wanted our pitchers getting ahead in the count,” coach Fran Troyan said. “We did well in both those areas.”

Capetz hit her second home run of the season today and was a key player in advancing runs and getting on the scoreboard.

“This was a big win for us,” Capetz said. “We’re still trying to compete to host the tournament and need this momentum going forward.”

The Hawks are currently in first place in the Patriot League. Boston University is right on their heels at a close second.

The Hawks will need to stretch out their winning streak until the end of the season to secure the host seed for the Patriot League tournament.

“The season has gone well in spite of the fact that the weather has been uncooperative,” Troyan said.

Story by Brown and White sports writer Maria Karalis, ’15.

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