STONY BROOK, N.Y. – The Holy Cross softball team scored two runs in the first inning to defeat Fairfield before suffering a one-run loss to Stony Brook in nine innings in the final day of action at the Stony Brook Invitational. With the spilt, Holy Cross moves to 5-9 overall and will open action in Worcester this week. The Crusaders are scheduled to kick off the season at Freshman Field on Tuesday, March 22 with a doubleheader against Central Connecticut starting at 3:00 p.m.
Holy Cross vs. Fairfield
With one out in the first inning, junior Gwen Reimer (Pottsville, Pa.) singled up the middle for Holy Cross' first hit of the day. Reimer moved up a bag when senior Keeley Seniuk (Phoenix, Ariz.) walked and then scored the first run of the day on a RBI single by sophomore Sam Fregenti (Melville, N.Y.). Seniuk gave the Crusaders a two-run lead when she scored on a sacrifice bunt by senior Tiffany Medwid (Imperial, Pa.). Holy Cross went to work, keeping Fairfield off the bases until the third inning and holding the Stags scoreless until the fifth.
Senior Caitlin Belanger (Fall River, Mass.) went the distance for the Crusaders, pitching seven complete innings in her first win of the year. Belanger allowed one run on five hits and struck out a season-high 10 batters. Fairfield's Kelli Panter pitched seven compete innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and striking out one batter. Holy Cross scored two runs on seven hits and didn't commit any errors, while Fairfield scored one run on five hits and didn't commit any errors.
Holy Cross vs. Stony Brook
The Crusaders saw a three-run lead disappear as the Stony Brook Seawolves defeated Holy Cross in nine innings of action Sunday afternoon. Belanger led off the game with a single down the right field line and stole second base to get put herself in scoring position. Seniuk doubled to left field to score Belanger and then scored when Fregenti singled up the middle. Holy Cross went up by three runs when freshman Julia Barrett (Gardner, Mass.) scored on a double by Belanger. Stony Brook began its comeback in the sixth inning when, with a runner on first base, Elise Fortier homered to score two runs. Stony Brook tied the game in the seventh inning, forcing extra innings. The eighth inning was scoreless and the Seawolves were able to take advantage of a Holy Cross error in the ninth to score the winning run.
Barrett pitched eight complete innings and freshman Kali Haas (Longmont, Colo.) entered the game in the ninth, suffering the loss. Barrett allowed three runs on six hits and struck out five. Stony Brook's Colleen Matthes pitched all nine innings, allowing three runs on six hits and striking out 12.