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Sports Digest

Softball season in review

The Holy Cross softball team ran into a tough stretch to begin the 2002 season, opening with a 3-14 overall record and 1-3 league mark. However, the team rebounded into form, winning five of its next seven games. The Crusaders also won three of the final four Patriot League games to earn their fifth straight trip to the Patriot League Championship Tournament. Holy Cross entered the double-elimination tournament as the number-four seed and knocked off the number-one seed Lehigh, 4-3. The Crusaders then lost a tough game to the eventual champion, Army, before finally falling to Lehigh, to end their season with a 14-35 mark.

Elizabeth M. Curll '02 (Worcester, Mass.) was chosen to the 2002 Patriot League Softball All-League Team for the third straight year. Curll, a tri-captain, was named to the All-Patriot League Second-Team. She finished second on the team in hits (33), batting average (.277), homeruns (3) and RBIs (14) in 2002. Curll's most dramatic hit of the season was a solo homerun in the bottom of the eighth inning against Providence on April 9 to lead the Crusaders to the 1-0 victory.

While Curll, along with Courtney A. Dougherty '02 (East Northport, N.Y.) and Caitlin L. McCarthy '02 (Westwood, Mass.) will be departing, head coach Bob Neville will return the entire pitching staff and seven of the top eight leading hitters in 2003.

Nicole D. Vitti '04 (Stamford, Conn.), who picked up First Team All-Patriot League honors in her first year, once again led the team in ERA (2.23), wins (6), strikeouts (73), games started (15), complete games (11) and innings pitched (110). Michelle C. Greene '05 (Woburn, Mass.), Christine R. Palmeri '04 (Wyckoff, N.J.) and Megan E. Manner '03 (Warren, N.J.) also made strong contributions this season. Greene started 14 games and finished second in ERA (2.67). She pitched a no-hitter to lead Holy Cross to a 1-0 win against Lafayette striking out eight batters to help Holy Cross secure a berth in the 2002 Patriot League Tournament. Palmeri started 15 games and posted a 4.20 ERA. She was second on the team in strikeouts (68) and third in innings pitched (81.2). Manner appeared in 11 games and made one start. She pitched 28.1 innings with a 1.73 ERA.

Jean M. Connolly '04 (Tewksbury, Mass.), Christine L. Clark '04 (Melville, N.Y.) and Melissa A. Beshire '04 (Charlton, Mass.) were all solid contributors at the plate during the season. Connolly led the team in batting average (.303), hits (39), doubles (8), homeruns (4) and RBI (20). Clark scored 13 runs and drove in 11 on 32 hits while Beshire scored 12 runs and drove in 13 on 28 hits. Both had six doubles and one homerun each. Mary Beth Ryan '05 (Holden, Mass.), who started every game, scored a team leading 19 runs as a leadoff hitter. She also led the team with four triples and added two homeruns.



Elizabeth M. Curll '02

Elizabeth M. Curll '02

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