KISSIMMEE, Fla. - The Holy Cross softball team combined for seven runs on 15 hits to defeat Maine and St. Francis at the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, Fla. on Thursday afternoon. Holy Cross beat Maine 3-1 in the first game of the day and then defeated St. Francis 4-3 in game two. Holy Cross improves to 3-5 overall and will close out its spring break trip tomorrow against South Dakota.
The Crusaders picked up their second win of the season in the game's first day against Maine, defeating the Black Bears 3-1. Junior Caitlin Belanger (Fall River, Mass.) led off the game with a walk and moved up a bag on a ground out by junior Tiffany Medwid (Imperial, Pa.). Belanger scored the day's first run on an RBI single to left field by junior Erin Fleming (Townsend, Mass.). Senior Amanda Audette (New Bedford, Mass.) doubled in the second inning and scored on a double steal to give Holy Cross a 2-0 lead. Maine scored an unearned run in the third inning and Holy Cross scored its third run of the game in the fourth inning to take a 3-1 lead. Tough defense in the final three innings kept the Black Bears from scoring, ending the game in favor of the Crusaders. Belanger pitched the complete game, giving up four hits and striking out four batters. Holy Cross scored three runs on six hits and committed two errors, while Maine scored one run on four hits and played errorless ball.
Holy Cross returned to the diamond against St. Francis in the day's second game. The Crusaders scored one run in the second inning to take an early lead. A two-out rally in the third inning put Holy Cross up 4-0. Fleming singled and freshman Sam Fregenti (Melville, N.Y.) took first base when she got hit by a pitch. Both Crusaders scored on a single to left field by sophomore Nicole Ortiz (Whittier, Calif.) who then scored on a bunt single by senior Mandy Correale (Peabody, Mass.) to make the score 4-0. St. Francis snuck a run across the plate in the bottom of the inning and then threatened with two runs in the bottom of the fourth to bring the score within one run. Audette allowed just one hit in the final three innings to hold on to the Holy Cross victory. Audette pitched all seven innings, allowing two earned runs on five hits and striking out two batters. Holy Cross scored four runs on nine hits and committed one error, while St. Francis scored three runs on five hits and had two errors.
Holy Cross will wrap up its spring break trip tomorrow, March 5, against the University of South Dakota at 9:00 a.m.