LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. – Big innings led to victories between the Holy Cross softball team and the Siena Saints on Thursday, April 21 in Loudonville, N.Y. In the day's first game, the Saints put together a three-run inning to regain the lead and a four-run inning to confirm the win as it defeated Holy Cross, 11-5. In the nightcap, Holy Cross scored three runs in the sixth inning to take the lead in a 5-2 victory. With the split, both teams move to 15-20 on the season.
A first inning home run by sophomore Sam Fregenti (Melville, N.Y.) gave Holy Cross an early two-run lead, but the Crusaders were unable to sustain their offense, falling 11-5 in the first game of the night. Siena cut into Holy Cross' lead when Courtney Brinkman homered to left field in the second inning. A home run and back-to-back doubles in the third inning gave the Saints a 3-2 lead.
Holy Cross regained its lead in the top of the fourth inning when senior Tiffany Medwid (Imperial, Pa.) ripped a two-run home run to center field, scoring freshman Alex Gustafson (Medford, Mass.) from second base. The Saints scored three runs on three hits and two Holy Cross defensive miscues in the bottom of the inning to take back the lead, 6-4. A run in the fifth and four in the sixth gave Siena an 11-4 lead. Holy Cross added a run in the top of the seventh, but couldn't get any closer, falling 11-5.
Freshman Julia Barrett (Gardner, Mass.) suffered her third loss of the season, falling to 4-3. Barrett pitched three and one-third innings, giving up six runs, five earned, on nine hits and striking out two. Sophomore Jenna Legros (Sandy Hook, Conn.) relieved Barrett, pitching two and two-thirds innings. Legros allowed five runs, three earned, on six hits and struck out three. Siena's Jessika-Jo Sandrini earned the win, pitching four complete innings. Mandy Ferro earned her second save of the season, pitching the final three innings. Siena scored its 11 runs on 15 hits and committed three errors. Holy Cross scored five runs on seven hits and had two errors.
Siena marked the first run of the game in the second inning and then took a two-run lead in the fourth. One big inning was all it took for the Crusaders to take the lead and eventually the win. In the sixth inning with one out, senior Keeley Seniuk (Phoenix, Ariz.) singled to left field to start the Crusaders' rally. Fregenti walked and junior Gwen Reimer (Pottsville, Pa.) singled to load the bases for Gustafson. A single by Gustafson scored Holy Cross' first run of the game and a single by senior Erin Fleming (Townsend, Mass.) put two more runs across the plate.
Senior Caitlin Belanger (Fall River, Mass.) led off the seventh inning with a walk, stole second and scored when Seniuk reached on an error by Siena's shortstop. An RBI single by Reimer to right field brought Seniuk home to give Holy Cross a 5-2 lead.
Freshman Kali Haas (Longmont, Colo.) pitched the first four innings in a no decision. Haas allowed two runs on four hits and struck out four. Junior Camille Trainor (Worcester, Mass.) earned her first win of the season in her second outing of the year. Trainor pitched two complete innings of scoreless ball. Belanger picked up her second save of the season, pitching the final inning of action. Siena's Amanda Filippazzo suffered the loss for the Saints, pitching five and one-third innings and allowing three runs on six hits. Holy Cross scored five runs on seven hits and didn't commit any errors, while Siena scored two runs on four hits and had two errors.
The Crusaders return to Freshman Field on Saturday, April 23 when they host Colgate in a Patriot League doubleheader. Prior to the 12:00 p.m. start, Holy Cross will honor its five seniors with a Senior Day ceremony.