WORCESTER, Mass. – Two home runs in game one of a Patriot League doubleheader led the Holy Cross softball team to victory over Lafayette Saturday afternoon at Freshman Field. A home run by Lafayette in game two proved to be the game winner in game two as the Crusaders split the doubleheader with the Leopards. With the split, Holy Cross moves to 11-27 (5-9 Patriot League) and the Leopards move to 14-28 (3-11 Patriot League).
After giving up a run in the first inning, the Crusaders settled in to defeat the Leopards 9-2 in game one Saturday afternoon. Junior Caitlin Belanger (Fall River, Mass.) led off the bottom of the first inning with a double to left field to get the Holy Cross offense rolling. Belanger advanced to third base on a single by junior Erin Fleming (Townsend, Mass.) and scored on a ground out by freshman Sam Fregenti (Melville, N.Y.). With Fleming on third base, junior Keeley Seniuk (Phoenix, Ariz.) hit her third home run of the season over the left field fence to make the score 3-1 in favor of the Crusaders.
Holy Cross added two runs in the second inning when senior Amanda Audette (New Bedford, Mass.) hit a two-run home run to left centerfield. A run in the third inning made the score 6-1. After the Leopards scored in the top of the fourth, Holy Cross answered back with three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to end the game 9-2.
Belanger pitched seven complete innings, allowing two runs on six hits and striking out six batters. Lafayette's Ali Henry pitched six complete innings, allowing nine runs on 16 hits. Holy Cross stranded seven runners on base, while Lafayette left five on board. Both teams had one error.
A home run by Lafayette's Kasey Karr proved to be all the offense that was needed, as the Leopards shut out the Crusaders in game two. Karr hit a two-run home run in the first inning and the Leopards added one for good measure in the third to win the game 3-0.
Senior Melissa Pivonka (Tolland, Conn.) made the start for the Crusaders, pitching the first two innings. Junior Katie Alexander (Tigard, Ore.) entered the game for the middle three frames and freshman Jenna Legros (Sandy Hook, Conn.) closed out the final two innings. Together the trio combined for three runs on six hits. Lafayette out hit the Crusaders 7-5 and made no errors, while Holy Cross had two. Holy Cross left five runners on base and Lafayette left eight stranded.
The Leopards and the Crusaders will return to the diamond at Freshman Field, tomorrow, April 25 for the final two games in the series. Due to the potential of inclement weather, game time has been moved up to 10:00 a.m.