BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The first inning saw all of the action Saturday afternoon as the Holy Cross softball team split a pair of games with Lehigh. In the day's first game, Lehigh earned a 3-0 victory after scoring all three runs in the first inning. In the day's finale, Holy Cross picked up a 1-0 win with the lone run also coming in the first inning. With the split, Holy Cross moves to 18-24 overall and 10-8 in the Patriot League, while Lehigh moves to 28-21 overall and 12-5 in the Patriot League.
Three runs in the first inning was all Lehigh needed to earn a 3-0 victory over Holy Cross in game one. The Mountain Hawks jumped on freshman pitcher Kali Haas (Longmont, Colo.) after back-to-back singles were followed up with a three run home run by Julie Fernandez to give Lehigh a 3-0 lead after the first inning of action. Junior Camille Trainor (Worcester, Mass.) doubled in the fourth inning for Holy Cross' first hit of the game and senior Tiffany Medwid (Imperial, Pa.) singled in the sixth as the Crusaders' offense was stifled by Lehigh's Rebecca Bliss. Bliss held Holy Cross to just two hits in seven innings of work. Haas allowed three runs on seven hits and struck out three.
One run was all that was needed for Holy Cross to pick up the 1-0 victory in the day's second game. Senior Caitlin Belanger (Fall River, Mass.) led off the game with a walk and moved to second on a hit by Trainor. Both runners advanced a base on a double steal and Belanger scored on a sacrifice fly to center field by senior Keeley Seniuk (Phoenix, Ariz.). Both teams were hitless through the first three innings of action, as Lehigh recorded the first hit of the game in the fourth inning and Holy Cross tabbed its only hit of the game in the seventh inning when Seniuk singled to right field.
Belanger earned the one-hit shutout victory in seven innings of work. Belanger held Lehigh to just one hit while striking out four. Lehigh's Ashley Quigley suffered the loss after allowing just one run on one hit and striking out four.
Holy Cross and Lehigh will take the field again tomorrow, May 1, with a pair of games in the Patriot League regular season finale starting at 12:00 p.m.