Rhody Drops Both Ends of Doubleheader to Holy Cross

Photo Credit: Mike Scott
Photo Credit: Mike Scott

How It Happened
Rhode Island (14-22) struggled to get any offense going, dropping both ends of a doubleheader to Holy Cross (7-27) Tuesday afternoon.

Game 1 - Holy Cross 6, Rhode Island 1
Holy Cross starter Alexandra Held carried a perfect game into the seventh inning, and came within one out of a no-hitter. Held retired the first 18 batters she faced before Faith Musselwhite reached on an error to stop the seventh. After the next two batters were retired, Erica Robles doubled to right center to break up both the no hitter and shutout, driving in Musselwhite.

The Crusaders gave Held all the run support she needed in the top of the first. Jackie Brewster and Bailey Chaves singled to start the game. Holy Cross had runners at the corners after Jessie Nagel hit into a fielder's choice. Erin Bengston reached on an infield single that scored Brewster from third. Taylor Wahler singled to drive in Nagel, and Bengston scored thanks to a defensive miscue, giving Holy Cross the early 3-0 lead. From there, Held took care of the rest.

Game 2 - Holy Cross 3, Rhode Island 1
Much like the first game, Holy Cross jumped out early, scoring twice in the top of the first. Bailey Chaves drew a one-out walk and Jessie Nagel followed with a single. Erin Bengston drilled a double to right center to drive in Chaves, but Nagel was cut down at the plate. Taylor Wahler followed with a double of her own to bring Bengston in.

The Crusaders added a run in the second when Sydney Burr reached on a two-out single, moved to second when Alexandra Held walked, and scored on an infield error.

Rhode Island finally broke through in the bottom of the sixth. Rebecca Simms led off with a single, Ari Castillo reached on an error and Erica Robles walked to load the bases with no outs. Susan Harrison brought Simms home with an RBI groundout, but that was all the scoring Rhode Island mustered.

Inside the Box Scores

  • Senior Julia Waraksy (1-1) pitched the first complete game of her career in the second game. Normally a reliever, Waraksy's complete-game came in the 73rd appearance of her career. Of those, 64 were relief appearances.
  • Waraksy pitched well, scattering six hits and allowing just two earned runs.
  • Junior Sarah Gunderson pitched 2.0 shutout innings in the first game, allowing one hit and striking out three batters.
  • As a team, Rhode Island was just 4-for-47 on the day.
  • Freshman Ari Castillo and junior Erica Robles each had one double.
  • Senior Rebecca Simms and junior Erika Yeager had one single each.
  • Rhode Island's batters struck out 20 times and walked just twice on the day.

What's Next
Rhode Island travels to Saint Louis for a three-game series that begins with a doubleheader Friday afternoon.