EASTON, Pa. – The Holy Cross softball team scored 15 runs in its two-game sweep of Patriot League opponent Lafayette Saturday afternoon to earn a pair of wins in the opening weekend of league play. Holy Cross defeated Lafayette, 5-2, in the first game of the day and then returned to the diamond in game two and earned a 10-5 victory over the Leopards. With the wins, the Crusaders improve to 8-12 overall (2-0 Patriot League) while the Leopards fall to 1-22 overall (0-2 Patriot League).
Holy Cross scored in the first inning and not again until the seventh in its 5-2, game one, victory over Lafayette. Senior Caitlin Belanger (Fall River, Mass.) led off the game with a walk and stole second to put herself in scoring position for senior Keeley Seniuk (Phoenix, Ariz.). Seniuk singled to score Belanger and took advantage of an error by the Lafayette right fielder to take second base. Seniuk then scored on a ground out by sophomore Sam Fregenti (Melville, N.Y.) to give the Crusaders an early 2-0 lead.
Lafayette tied the game in the fourth inning, scoring two runs on two hits before the Crusaders won the game in the seventh. Senior Erin Fleming (Townsend, Mass.) reached first base on a fielder's choice and moved to second on a single by senior Tiffany Medwid (Imperial, Pa.) before a double by Belanger scored both runners to regain the lead for the Crusaders. Belanger scored on a single by Seniuk to put Holy Cross up 5-2. The Crusaders held Lafayette scoreless in the bottom of the seventh to earn their first Patriot League win of the season.
Freshman Julia Barrett (Gardner, Mass.) earned her fourth win of the season, improving to 4-0. Barrett pitched seven complete innings, allowing two runs on six hits. Lafayette's Melissa Robinson allowed four earned runs on seven hits. Holy Cross scored five runs on seven hits and committed one error, while Lafayette scored two runs on six hit and committed one error.
Belanger led off the game with a triple and scored the first run of the day on a double by freshman Alex Gustafson (Medford, Mass.). Gustafson eventually scored on a ground out by Fregenti to give the Crusaders an early 2-0 lead. Lafayette took the lead with a three run fourth inning, scoring three runs on three hits including a home run by Stacey Kushner. Holy Cross wasted no time, reclaiming the lead in the top of the fifth. Gustafson led off the inning with a home run to left field to tie the game, 3-3. Seniuk followed up Gustafson with a single and then scored on a double by Fregenti. With a one-run lead heading into the sixth, the Crusaders exploded for five runs to take a 9-3 lead. The Crusaders scored five runs on five hits to take the lead. Holy Cross led off the seventh inning with a run before Lafayette put two on the board to end the game 10-5.
Belanger and freshman Kali Haas (Longmont, Colo.) combined for seven innings with Haas earning her third win of the season. Belanger pitched three and one-third innings, allowing three runs on four hits. Haas pitched three and two-thirds innings, allowing two runs on three hits. Lafayette had three pitchers combine for time in the loss. The Leopards allowed 10 runs on 16 Holy Cross hits.