Holy Cross Softball Defeats South Dakota, 8-1

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KISSIMMEE, Fla. - A two-run home run by junior Erin Fleming (Townsend, Mass.) helped lead the Holy Cross softball team to an 8-1 victory over South Dakota in the Crusaders' final day of competition at the Rebel Spring Games. Holy Cross wraps up the tournament on a three-game win streak and returns to Massachusetts with a 4-5 overall record.

A two out rally in the third inning led to three runs for the Crusaders. Juniors Katie Alexander (Tigard, Ore.) and Tiffany Medwid (Imperial, Pa.) each earned a walk and scored on a single by Fleming. Fleming then scored on a single through the left side by junior Keeley Seniuk (Phoenix, Ariz.). Senior Mandy Correale (Peabody, Mass.) scored the Crusaders' fourth run in the fifth inning after she reach on a base hit up the middle and advanced to second when senior Courtney Nealon (Rochester, N.Y.) drew a walk. Correale scored on a single by sophomore Nicole Ortiz (Whittier, Calif.). A two-run homerun to center field by Fleming in the seventh inning put Holy Cross up 6-1. Freshman Sam Fregenti (Melville, N.Y.) doubled to score Seniuk from second and sophomore Camille Trainor (Worcester, Mass.) eventually scored on an illegal pitch to end the game in favor of the Crusaders 8-1.  

Junior Katie Alexander (Tigard, Ore.) pitched four complete innings for her first win of the year. Alexander allowed one run on six hits and struck out two batters. Junior Caitlin Belanger (Fall River, Mass.) entered the game in relief, pitching three innings.  Belanger allowed no runs, gave up just one hit and struck out four batters. Holy Cross scored eight runs on 11 hits and didn't commit any errors. South Dakota scored one run on seven hits and made two errors.

Holy Cross will open the season in New England on March 16 when it travels to Bryant for a game at 4:00 p.m.