KISSIMMEE, Fla. - The Holy Cross softball team recorded 11 hits and scored nine runs in its season-opening 9-7 victory over Dayton Monday afternoon in Kissimmee, Fla. The Crusaders then fell victim to a hot hitting Maine team, falling 12-2 in the night cap. Holy Cross is 1-1 overall and is scheduled to play in seven more games on its spring break tour.
The Crusaders kicked off the season swinging, scoring three runs in the first inning against Dayton on Monday afternoon. Junior Caitlin Belanger (Fall River, Mass.) led off the inning with a walk and scored on a sacrifice fly by junior Keeley Seniuk (Phoenix, Ariz.). Seniuk led the Crusaders at the plate, going two for three with two RBI and scored one run. Rookies Sam Fregenti (Melville, N.Y.) and Alex Campione (Townsend, Mass.) each recorded two hits in their career debuts. Senior Amanda Audette (New Bedford, Mass.) earned the win for Holy Cross. Audette pitched four innings, allowing four runs on four hits. Holy Cross recorded nine runs on eleven hits, making three errors. Dayton scored seven runs on eight hits and made four errors.
In the second game of the day, the Crusaders fell to Maine, 12-2. Holy Cross scored two runs on eight hits, while Maine scored 12 runs on 15 hits. Belanger and junior Tiffany Medwid (Imperial, Pa.) each scored for the Crusaders. Belanger went two for four at the plate, while Medwid was one for three. Junior Katie Alexander (Tigard, Ore.) made the start in the circle for Holy Cross. Sophomore Camille Trainor (Worcester, Mass.) entered the game in relief, suffering her first loss of the year. Maine's Beth Spoehr pitched the complete game, earning her first win of the season.
Holy Cross continues action at the Rebel Spring Games tomorrow, March 2. The Crusaders will take the field against St. Francis at 1:00 p.m. and then Valparaiso at 5:00 p.m.