WORCESTER, Mass. – It was a tale of two teams as the Holy Cross softball team split with Siena in doubleheader action at Freshman Field on Tuesday evening. In game one, the Crusaders scored 10 runs on nine hits to defeat the Saints 10-3. In the second game of the night, Siena held the Crusaders to just two hits to win the game 2-1. With the split, Holy Cross moves to 9-21 on the season, while the Saints go to 5-28.
After giving up one run to Siena in the first inning, the Crusaders settled down and scored three in the second to take a 3-1 lead. Senior Amanda Audette (New Bedford, Mass.) put up the first Crusader RBI of the day with a sacrifice fly to center field to score freshman Sam Fregenti (Melville, N.Y.). Holy Cross took advantage of Siena miscues to put up two more runs in the inning. Five singles and two walks in the fourth inning produced six runs for Holy Cross as the Crusaders went up 9-1. Siena held off the Crusaders with two runs in the fifth inning and Holy Cross added one in the sixth to end the game 10-3.
Junior Caitlin Belanger (Fall River, Mass.) pitched her seventh complete game of the year, earning her fifth win. Belanger gave up eight hits, struck out three batters and allowed two walks. The Crusaders scored 10 runs on nine hits and made one error, while the Saints scored three runs on eight hits and committed one error.
Siena's two runs in the first inning proved to be all that was needed to win, as the Saints took the ball game, 2-1. Holy Cross cut into Siena's lead with a run in the first inning when Belanger scored on a RBI single by Fregenti. Senior Melissa Pivonka (Tolland, Conn.) made the start for the Crusaders, pitching the first two innings. Junior Katie Alexander (Tigard, Ore.) pitched the middle three stanzas of play, allowing just two hits. Freshman Jenna Legros (Sandy Hook, Conn.) finished the game, giving up just one hit in two innings of work. Holy Cross scored one run on two hits and committed one error, while Siena scored two runs on five hits and didn't make an error.
Holy Cross travels to West Point, N.Y. for a Patriot League four-game series with Army on Saturday-Sunday, April 17-18. Game time is set for 12:00 p.m. both days.