KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Senior Caitlin Belanger (Fall River, Mass.) led the Holy Cross softball team with six hits and three runs as the Crusaders split a pair of games in the third day of action at the Rebel Spring Games on March 8. Holy Cross suffered a 6-2 loss to Pennsylvania before rebounding with a 6-3 win over Wagner in the night cap to move to 2-4 on the season.
Belanger led off the game against Penn with a single to left field and then went first to third on a sacrifice bunt by junior Gwen Reimer (Pottsville, Pa.). Belanger scored on a sacrifice fly by senior Keeley Seniuk (Phoenix, Ariz.) to give the Crusaders an early 1-0 lead. Penn didn't hesitate, scoring three runs on one hit and taking advantage of three Holy Cross errors, to take a 3-1 lead. Holy Cross cut into the Quakers' lead in the third inning when Belanger singled, stole second base and scored on a RBI by Seniuk. Penn scored again in the fourth and put up two more runs in the fifth to take a 6-3 lead. Belanger pitched five innings in the loss, allowing five hits and three earned runs. Penn's Cailyn Hennessy pitched seven complete innings, allowing two earned runs on eight Holy Cross hits. The Crusaders scored two runs on eight hits and committed four errors. Penn scored six runs on five hits and had no errors.
Holy Cross exploded for three runs in the third inning against Wagner to take an early three run lead. Freshman Kelliner Croushore (Claremont, Calif.) scored the first run of the game when Reimer earned a walk. Belanger singled to score freshman Amber Jones (Manorville, N.Y.) for the second run of the game and Reimer scored when Seniuk earned the walk. Wagner put a run on the board in the fourth inning, scoring one run on two hits and two Holy Cross errors. Holy Cross didn't waste any time scoring again, putting up three runs bottom of the fourth inning to take a 6-1 lead. Wagner threatened in the fifth inning, scoring two runs on two hits. Holy Cross held off the Seahawks for the remainder of the game, winning by a score of 6-3. Freshman Kali Haas (Longmont, Colo.) earned her first collegiate win, pitching four complete innings and allowing five hits and two earned runs. Freshman Julia Barrett (Gardner, Mass.) entered the game in relief, pitching three compete innings and allowing no hits and no runs. Wagner's Amanda Garcia pitched six complete innings in a losing effort, allowing two earned runs and six hits. Holy Cross scored six runs on eight hits and committed two errors. Wagner scored three runs on five hits and had four errors.
Holy Cross will take Wednesday, March 9 off from action, returning to the field on Thursday, March 10 against Detroit at 1:00 p.m. and Bryant at 3:00 p.m.