KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The Holy Cross softball team started the day off with a 7-2 win over La Salle before dropping a 3-1 decision to Robert Morris. With the split, Holy Cross moves to 1-3 overall and will continue action on Tuesday, March 8 with a game against Pennsylvania at 1:00 p.m. and Wagner at 5:00 p.m.
Holy Cross exploded for three runs in the second inning against La Salle, scoring two runs on a single by freshman Sarah Free (Claremont, Calif.) and putting the third run up when Free scored on a pass ball. Sophomore Sam Fregenti (Melville, N.Y.) ripped a home run over the right field fence to lead off the sixth inning and give the Crusaders a four run lead. The Crusaders put up two more runs to end the inning ahead, 6-0. Senior Keeley Seniuk (Phoenix, Ariz.) drove a ball deep over the left field fence for Holy Cross' second home run of the day to put the Crusader up 7-0 after six and a half innings. La Salle was able to spark a rally in the bottom of the inning, scoring two runs on three hits. Freshman Julia Barrett (Gardner, Mass.) earned her first collegiate win, allowing two runs in seven innings and recording five strike outs. La Salle's Kristen Paoletti and DJ Guinn combined in the loss, Paoletti pitching 2.1 innings in the losing effort and Guinn entered the game in relief, pitching 4.2 innings. Holy Cross scored seven runs on 10 hits and didn't commit any errors, while La Salle scored two runs on six hits and had one error.
Robert Morris put a run up in the first inning of the day's second game when Alli Patton scored on a double by Bri Grafton. The Colonials put two more runs across home plate on two hits in the third inning. Holy Cross staged a late inning comeback in the seventh inning when Fregenti singled with two outs and Free, pinch running for Fregenti, scored on a single by Seniuk. Holy Cross couldn't come any closer, falling by a score of 3-1. Sophomore Jenna Legros (Sandy Hook, Conn.) pitched five innings in the loss, allowing three runs on five hits. Freshman Kali Haas (Longmont, Colo.) entered the game in relief, pitching two complete innings. Holy Cross scored one run on four hits and had two errors, while Robert Morris scored three runs on seven hits and had one error.