WORCESTER, Mass. – After winning game one in the 10th inning, the Holy Cross softball team, led by a grand slam by junior Caitlin Belanger (Fall River, Mass.), exploded for nine runs in game two to end the game in five innings. With the sweep, Holy Cross improves to 13-27 (7-9 Patriot League), while the Leopards fall to 14-30 (3-13 Patriot League).
A home run in the seventh inning by junior Tiffany Medwid (Imperial, Pa.) forced extra innings, as the Crusaders won the first game of the day 6-5 in 10 innings. Holy Cross led off the game with three runs in the first inning when Belanger and senior Amanda Audette (New Bedford, Mass.) each earned a walk and then scored on RBI singles. Belanger scored on a hit by junior Erin Fleming (Townsend, Mass.) and Audette crossed the plate on a single by freshman Sam Fregenti (Melville, N.Y.). Fleming scored on a Lafayette error to put Holy Cross up 3-0.
Lafayette scored two in the bottom of the inning to get within one run. A single by Audette in the third inning led to the fourth Crusader run of the game. The Leopards took the lead with two runs in the bottom of the fifth, but Medwid's home run to centerfield in the seventh inning tied the game. After forcing the game to extra innings, junior Keeley Seniuk (Phoenix, Ariz.) stole home to score the winning run for Holy Cross.
Belanger pitched all 10 innings for the Crusaders, earning her seventh win of the season. Belanger gave up five runs on 15 hits and struck out four batters. Holy Cross scored six runs on 11 hits and left eight runners on base, while Lafayette scored five runs on 15 hits and left 10 runners on base.
Five runs in the second inning, including a grand slam by Belanger, led the Crusaders to a 9-0 win in game two. Four singles, a walk and Belanger's home run fueled the Holy Cross offense in the second inning to give the Crusaders an early lead. Three singles and a Lafayette error put the Crusaders up 8-0 in the third inning and a triple by Medwid followed by a single by Belanger made the score 9-0 in the fifth.
Freshman Jenna Legros (Sandy Hook, Conn.) pitched a complete game shut out to win her first career game for Holy Cross. Legros allowed just five hits in five complete innings of work. Holy Cross scored nine runs on 13 hits and left six runners on base. Lafayette was held to just five hits and left six runners stranded.
The Crusaders will host Bryant in a mid-week game on Wednesday, April 28 at Freshman Field. Game time is set for 4:00 p.m.