KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Holy Cross made two late inning runs, but couldn't find a way to get past Dayton and Valparaiso Wednesday afternoon, falling to Dayton 10-9 and to Valparaiso 7-5. The Crusaders suffered their fourth and fifth losses of the season, falling to 1-5 overall.
In the day's first game, Dayton took an early lead when it scored two runs on one hit in the first inning. Holy Cross responded with a run when junior Tiffany Medwid (Imperial, Pa.) singled to left field and then made it to third on an error by Dayton's left fielder. Junior Erin Fleming (Townsend, Mass.) hit an RBI single to score Medwid. Holy Cross tied the game in the second inning when senior Elizabeth Foley (Charlton, Mass.) stole home for the score. The Crusaders took a 3-2 lead in the third inning and held on to it until the fifth inning when Dayton tied the game. The Flyers scored seven runs in the sixth inning to take a 10-3 lead. Holy Cross scored two runs in the bottom of the inning and put up four in the seventh, but couldn't get any closer, falling 10-9. Junior Katie Alexander (Tigard, Ore.) made the start, pitching five innings, allowing two earned runs on four hits. Senior Amanda Audette (New Bedford, Mass.) suffered the loss, pitching two thirds of an inning, allowing two earned runs on four hits.
Junior Caitlin Belanger (Fall River, Mass.) led off with a double to center field and scored on a sacrifice fly by Fleming to give the Crusaders an early lead against Valparaiso in the second game of the day. Valparaiso put up four runs in the bottom of the inning to take back the lead. Holy Cross scored a run in the second inning to cut Valparaiso's lead in half. Valparaiso put two runs up in the third inning and one in the fifth to take a 7-2 lead. The Crusaders threatened in the sixth, putting two runs across the board and went into the seventh inning down 7-4. Belanger led off the seventh inning with a double and eventually scored on an error, but Holy Cross was unable to get any closer, falling 7-5. Freshman Jenna Legros (Sandy Hook, Conn.) suffered the loss for the Crusaders, pitching 2.1 innings, allowing six runs on eight hits.
Holy Cross will take the diamond on March 4 against Maine at 1:00 p.m. and St. Francis at 3:00 p.m..