KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The Holy Cross softball team put together 16 hits over two games to earn two wins in the last day of action at the Rebel Spring Games on Saturday. Holy Cross opened action with an 8-0 win over Manhattan and then put together a 7-4 victory over Yale. Senior Caitlin Belanger (Fall River, Mass.) led the Crusaders with four hits, including three RBI and one home run. Holy Cross wraps up its spring trip with an overall record of 4-6 and will return to action on March 19 at the Stony Brook Invitational.
Belanger led off the bottom of the first inning with her first home run of the year to give Holy Cross an early 1-0 lead over Manhattan. Freshman Alex Gustafson (Medford, Mass.) led off the second inning with a single to center field, kicking off a six run inning for the Crusaders. Senior Keeley Seniuk (Phoenix, Ariz.) ripped her second home run of the season to earn three RBI in the inning. The Crusaders were held scoreless until the fifth inning when senior Katie Alexander (Tigard, Ore.) scored from second base on a double to center field by freshman Kelliner Croushore (Claremont, Calif.) to end the game in favor of Holy Cross, 8-0. Freshman Julia Barrett (Gardner, Mass.) earned her second win of the season, pitching five complete innings, allowing four hits and striking out five batters. Holy Cross scored eight runs on 10 hits and committed one error. Manhattan was shut out, recording four hits and making one error.
Holy Cross took advantage of Yale's miscues to score four runs in the first inning without recording a hit. Junior Gwen Reimer (Pottsville, Pa.) walked, Seniuk was hit by a pitch and sophomore Sam Fregenti (Melville, N.Y.) earned a free base on balls to load the bases. Reimer, Seniuk and Alexander, who was running for Fregenti, all scored on wild pitches. Gustafson put Holy Cross' fourth run across the plate to end the inning in favor of the Crusaders, 4-0. Yale put up a run in the bottom of the inning and tied the game in the second with three runs on one hit and one error. With two outs in the fourth inning, senior Tiffany Medwid (Imperial, Pa.) doubled to left center and scored on a single by Belanger to regain Holy Cross' lead. The Crusaders scored two runs in the fifth inning to take a 7-4 lead and eventually the win. Sophomore Jenna Legros (Sandy Hook, Conn.) started for the Crusaders, pitching 1.1 innings. Freshman Kali Haas (Longmont, Colo.) entered the game in the second inning, pitching 5.2 innings in the win. Holy Cross scored seven runs on six hits and committed on error, while the Bulldogs scored four runs on seven hits and made two errors.