KISSIMMEE, Fla. – After two days off, the Holy Cross softball team returned to action on Friday, falling to Sacred Heart and Temple. Holy Cross dropped a 1-0 decision to Sacred Heart before falling to Temple, 7-5. Holy Cross falls to 2-6 overall and will wrap up its spring trip with a pair of games on Saturday starting at 9:00 a.m.
Holy Cross and Sacred Heart were scoreless after two innings, when the Pioneers scored one run on two hits and took advantage of a Holy Cross error to score the only run of the day. A single by Melissa Tobin led off the inning with a single up the middle and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt before scoring on a hit by Jade Bowins. Holy Cross was unable to find away to score, falling to the Pioneers 1-0. Freshman Kali Haas (Longmont, Colo.) pitched seven complete innings in the loss, falling to 1-1 on the season. Haas allowed one run on nine hits and recorded one strike out. Sacred Heart scored one run on nine hits and made one error. Holy Cross was held scoreless on five hits and also committed one error.
Senior Erin Fleming (Townsend, Mass.) led off against Temple with her first home run of the season to give Holy Cross an early lead. Temple answered back in the fourth inning with four runs on four hits and taking advantage of two Holy Cross errors. Holy Cross scored two runs in the fifth inning to bring the score within one. Senior Keeley Seniuk (Phoenix, Ariz.) led off the sixth inning with a home run to center field to tie the game at 4-4. Temple responded in the bottom of the sixth inning with three runs to take a 7-4 lead. Holy Cross fought back in the seventh inning when senior Caitlin Belanger (Fall River, Mass.) hit a doubled to left field and advanced to third on a single junior Gwen Reimer (Pottsville, Pa.) before scoring on a sacrifice fly by Fleming to get within two runs, but didn't come any closer, falling by a score of 7-5. Belanger pitched 5.2 innings in the loss, allowing three earned runs on eight hits. Brooklin White pitched seven complete innings, allowing three earned runs on five hits.