Crusaders Set To Play Bryant & Army This Week
Overall: 10-12; Last Week: 4-2
Scoreboard: Rhode Island 8, Holy Cross 4, Worcester, Mass., 3/30
Rhode Island 13, Holy Cross 6, Worcester, Mass., 3/30
Holy Cross 5, Lafayette 2, Easton, Pa., 4/2
Holy Cross 10, Lafayette 5, Easton, Pa., 4/2
Holy Cross 13, Lafayette 5 (5 innings), Easton, Pa., 4/3
Holy Cross 3, Lafayette 2 (12 innings), Easton, Pa., 4/3
Schedule: Wednesday, April 6, vs. Bryant, Worcester, Mass., 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 9, vs. Army (DH), Worcester, Mass., 12:00/2:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 10, vs. Army (DH), Worcester, Mass., 12:00/2:00 p.m.
- The Holy Cross softball team (10-12 overall, 4-0 Patriot League) returns to Worcester for a five-game home stand starting with a of game against Bryant (14-11 overall, 6-0 NEC) on Wednesday, April 6. Holy Cross will open Patriot League play at Freshman Field with a four-game series against Army (14-14 overall, 0-4 Patriot League) on Saturday-Sunday, April 9-10.
- Bryant has won its last nine games, dating back to a 6-3 win over Harvard on March 24. The Bulldogs are 11-1 overall since returning from their spring trip to Florida. Last season, Holy Cross dropped a 7-2 decision to the Bulldogs in Smithfield, R.I. This will be the third consecutive season that the two teams have met on the diamond with Bryant owning a 2-1 record over the Crusaders.
- The Black Knights will play a pair of games at St. Peter's on Tuesday, April 5 before making the trip north to Worcester. Army opened league play at West Point last weekend, suffering a four-game sweep at the hand of Colgate. The Black Knights were shut out in the first two games of the series 0-4 and 0-2.
- Last season, Holy Cross suffered a four-game sweep at West Point, losing by scores of 5-4 and 6-3 both days. Army went on to win the regular season title and hosted the Patriot League Tournament, where it suffered a 3-1 loss to Colgate and defeated Lehigh, 4-1, before being knocked out of the tournament by Bucknell, 2-1.
- After one weekend of action, Holy Cross and Colgate sit at the top of the Patriot League standings with a 4-0 record. Last weekend, Holy Cross earned its first four-game sweep of a Patriot League opponent since the 2003 season when it swept Lafayette in Easton, Pa. The Crusaders' 4-0 Patriot League record is their best start since the 2001 season when they opened up league play with a four-game sweep at Lafayette.
- Holy Cross leads the Patriot League with an overall team batting average of .288. The Crusaders have 171 hits in 594 at bats. The Crusaders also lead the league with 15 home runs and 47 stolen bases. Senior Caitlin Belanger (Fall River, Mass.) leads the league with a .455 batting average. The senior infielder is tied for second with 35 hits and 21 runs scored.
- Holy Cross has four players atop the leader board in overall slugging and on base percentage. Belanger leads the league with .512 on base percentage, while sophomore Sam Fregenti (Melville, N.Y.) is second (.487), senior Keeley Seniuk (Phoenix, Ariz.) ranks fourth (.463) and freshman Alex Gustafson (Medford, Mass.) is sixth (.446). The four also rank in the top five for slugging percentage, with Fregenti second with a .619 slugging percentage, Seniuk third (.618), Belanger fourth (.610) and Gustafson fifth (.600).
- Freshman Julia Barrett's (Gardner, Mass.) 1.88 ERA ranks third in the league, while she also ranks third with an opponent's batting average of .235.
- In four games of Patriot League play, Holy Cross leads the league with a .352 team batting average in league games. Gustafson leads the league with a .625 league batting average and 10 hits in league play.
- Junior first baseman Gwen Reimer (Pottsville, Pa.) was named the Patriot League Softball Player of the Week for her performance in six games last week. Reimer hit .476 (10-for-21) as the Crusaders went 4-2. Reimer was 8-for-15 at the plate in the weekend sweep at Lafayette. She batted .533 against the Leopards with five RBI, four runs scored, a double and a triple, and had the game-winning hit in the 12th inning of Sunday's nightcap.
- In Holy Cross' first game against Rhode Island last week, Seniuk picked up two RBI moving her into first all-time on the Holy Cross career RBI list. With four RBI over the weekend against Lafayette, Seniuk has recorded 19 RBI for the season and 78 in her career. The senior outfielder hit her fourth home run of the season and 15th of her career in the second game against Rhode Island to move into a tie on the Holy Cross career home run list.
- With four stolen bases last week, Belanger moves into a tie on the Holy Cross career stolen base list with 48 stolen bases. Jamie Olenoski has held the record since 2001 when she wrapped up her career with 48 stolen bases.
- Belanger's hit streak came to an end on Sunday after a team-high 17 games, but her on base streak lives on. The senior earned a walk in the fourth game of the Patriot League series to continue her streak of reaching base safely to 18 consecutive games. In 22 game played this season, Belanger has found a way on to first base in 21.