KISSIMMEE, Fla. - A two run homerun by junior Keeley Seniuk (Phoenix, Ariz.) wasn't enough to lead the Holy Cross softball team to victory over St. Francis Tuesday afternoon as the Crusaders fell 3-2 to the Red Flash. Holy Cross suffered its second loss of the day in the night cap against Valparaiso, falling 8-0. The Crusaders are now 1-3 overall and will meet up with Dayton and Valparaiso for the second time on March 3.
Junior Caitlin Belanger (Fall River, Mass.) led off the first game of the day with a walk and then scored on Seniuk's homerun to put Holy Cross up 2-0 over St. Francis in the first inning. A walk and a RBI double put St. Francis on the board in the second inning and then the game went into cruise control, staying at a 2-1 stalemate until the seventh inning. St. Francis' Stephanie Griffin tied the game with an infield single and then Karlie Miller singled to third base to score the game winning run. Belanger suffered the loss for the Crusaders, pitching 6.2 innings, allowing three runs on nine hits. St. Francis' Megan Layne earned the win, pitching seven innings, giving up two runs on three hits.
Valparaiso put up four runs in the first inning en route to an 8-0 victory over Holy Cross. The Crusaders of Valparaiso put up eight runs on nine hits and committed two errors, while the Holy Cross Crusaders were unable to reach home, recording just four hits and committing five errors. Senior Amanda Audette (New Bedford, Mass.) suffered her first loss of the year, falling to 1-1. Audette pitched 3.1 innings, allowing four runs on six hits. Freshman Jenna Legros (Sandy Hook, Conn.) entered the game in relief, pitching 3.2 innings.
Holy Cross will take to the field tomorrow, March 3, against Dayton at 1:00 p.m. and Valparaiso at 3:00 p.m.