KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The Holy Cross softball team opened the 2011 season with a pair of losses at the Rebel Spring Games on Sunday. In the day's first game against Indiana State, Holy Cross suffered a 2-1 defeat and then fell to South Dakota, 8-3, in the night cap.
Tough pitching by Indiana State held the Crusaders hitless until the sixth inning in the day's first game. The Sycamores took advantage of Holy Cross errors to take a two run lead into the sixth inning. With two outs in the bottom of the sixth, junior Gwen Reimer (Pottsville, Pa.) reached first on catcher's interference and then advanced a base when senior Erin Fleming (Townsend, Mass.) reached first on an error. An RBI single by sophomore Sam Fregenti (Melville, N.Y.) scored Reimer from second base to put the Crusaders on the scoreboard. Holy Cross was unable score again, falling, 2-1, to the Sycamores. Senior Caitlin Belanger (Fall River, Mass.) suffered the loss on the mound, pitching seven complete innings and giving up five hits. Indiana State's Kristen Felker earned the win in seven complete innings, holding Holy Cross to two hits. Holy Cross scored one run on two hits and committed two errors, while Indiana State scored two runs on five hits and had three errors.
A leadoff single by Belanger, a stolen base and a sacrifice fly by Reimer gave Holy Cross a quick 1-0 lead over South Dakota in the day's second game. The Coyotes wasted no time claiming the lead for their own, scoring two runs in the bottom of the first inning on two hits. Holy Cross left two runners on base in the top of the second inning before South Dakota added two more runs on two hits to take a 4-1 lead. After two and a half scoreless innings, South Dakota struck again with a run in the bottom of the fifth. Belanger led off the sixth inning with a single and advanced to third on a double by Reimer before scoring on a sacrifice bunt by Fleming. Three runs in the bottom of the sixth gave South Dakota an 8-2 lead. Holy Cross staged a late inning comeback, scoring one run on three hits, but fell short, leaving two runners on base. Sophomore Jenna Legros (Sandy Hook, Conn.) suffered the loss on the mound, pitching 1.2 innings and allowing four runs on four hits. Freshman Kali Haas (Longmont, Colo.) entered the game in relief, pitching 4.1 innings and allowing four runs on three hits. South Dakota's Erica Denney pitched a complete game, allowing three runs on six hits. Holy Cross scored three runs on six hits and committed two errors. South Dakota scored eight runs on seven hits and had one error.
Holy Cross continues action at the Rebel Spring Games with a pair of games on Monday, March 7 when it takes the diamond against La Salle at 9:00 a.m. and Robert Morris at 11:00 a.m.