WEST POINT – The Army West Point softball team split its first Patriot League double header of the season against Holy Cross to earn a series victory at the Army Softball Complex on Sunday.
Army outlasted the Crusaders in the series finale, 2-1, to capture the series victory following a 2-0 Holy Cross win in the first game behind freshman Kelly Nelson’s first career no-hitter to force a rubber match.
Sophomores Taylor Drayton and Ally Snelling, along with senior Izzy Gates, led the Army offense with a hit apiece. Drayton provided the big blast with a solo home run, while Snelling doubled.
In the circle, senior Renee Poirier tossed a complete game in the night cap, allowing just three hits and a run while not issuing a walk. Rookie Jolie Duong went 5.1 innings in game one and struck out five.
Interim head coach Bob Beretta said, “It was nice to come away with a series victory today. We didn’t manage much offense all weekend, but we were able to register two wins which is a good sign. I thought we received terrific pitching all weekend long. Macey was outstanding yesterday, and Jolie and Renee both pitched well today.”