POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – Four home runs, including a pair by sophomore Sam Fregenti (Melville, N.Y.), paced the Holy Cross softball team in an 8-3 win over Marist in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday afternoon in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. The Crusaders were unable to keep the offense alive, falling 3-2 to the Foxes in game two. With the split, Holy Cross moves to 6-10 on the season, while Marist moves to 12-13. Holy Cross will open the season at Freshman Field on Wednesday, March 30 when it welcomes Rhode Island for a pair of games starting at 3:00 p.m.
Senior Caitlin Belanger (Fall River, Mass.) led off the first game of the day with a double to left field and advanced to second when senior Keeley Seniuk (Phoenix, Ariz.) earned a free base. With two runners on base and one out, Fregenti put the ball over the fence to score the first three runs of the day. Freshman Alex Gustafson (Medford, Mass.) added to the Crusaders' lead when she homered to end the top of the first inning in favor of Holy Cross, 4-0. With two outs in the second inning, Belanger singled and stole second before scoring on a RBI double by junior Gwen Reimer (Pottsville, Pa.). Reimer worked her way around the bases, eventually stealing home to give the Crusaders a six run lead.
Marist began chipping away at Holy Cross' lead in the fourth inning when Aly Klemmer hit a home run to center field. Holy Cross took back the run in the top of the third when senior Tiffany Medwid (Imperial, Pa.) belted a home run to make the score 7-1. Marist threatened again in the sixth inning when Danielle Koltz hit a two-run home run, but Holy Cross answered back when Fregenti hit her second home run of the day in the seventh, holding off the Foxes to end the game 8-3.
Freshman Julia Barrett (Gardner, Mass.) and freshman Kali Haas (Longmont, Colo.) combined time in the circle for the Crusaders, with Barrett earning the win. Barrett pitched five complete innings, allowing three runs on eight hits. Haas pitched the final two innings, allowing no runs and just one hit. Marist's Emily Osterhaus pitched seven complete innings, giving up eight runs on 12 hits and striking out seven.
Holy Cross tied the game, 1-1, in the fourth inning when Seniuk's sacrifice fly scored Medwid from third base. The Crusaders took the lead an inning later when senior Erin Fleming (Townsend, Mass.) homered to right field. Marist regained the lead in the bottom of the fifth inning, scoring two runs on three hits and taking advantage of a Holy Cross error. Holy Cross was unable to score in the sixth or seventh innings, ending the game 3-2 in favor of the Foxes.
Belanger started the game in the mound for the Crusaders and Haas entered the game in the second inning. Haas pitched five complete innings, allowing one earned run on six hits and striking out three. Paige Lewis earned the complete game victory for Marist, pitching seven complete innings and allowing one earned run five hits.