Softball Gears Up For Doubleheader Versus Stony Brook
Overall Record: 2-10 (0-0 PL), Last Week: 2-6
Scoreboard: St. Francis (Pa.) 6, Holy Cross 0, Rebel Spring Games, Kissimmee, Fla., 3/6
Holy Cross 7, Yale 6, Rebel Spring Games, Kissimmee, Fla., 3/6
Pennsylvania 3, Holy Cross 2, Rebel Spring Games, Kissimmee, Fla., 3/8
Indiana State 6, Holy Cross 3, Rebel Spring Games, Kissimmee, Fla., 3/8
Utah Valley 1, Holy Cross 0, 8 innings, Rebel Spring Games, Kissimmee, Fla., 3/9
Florida A&M 1, Holy Cross 0, 9 innings, Rebel Spring Games, Kissimmee, Fla., 3/9
Akron 6, Holy Cross 0, Rebel Spring Games, Kissimmee, Fla., 3/10
Holy Cross 3, Manhattan 0, Rebel Spring Games, Kissimmee, Fla., 3/10
Schedule: Saturday, March 17 at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, N.Y., 12:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 17 at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, N.Y., 2:00 p.m.
- The Holy Cross softball team will travel to Stony Brook on Saturday, March 17 for a doubleheader against the Seawolves beginning at 12:00 p.m. Last season, the Crusaders took on Stony Brook at the Stony Brook Invitational and lost both games to the host by scores of 5-2 and 4-3 in nine innings. Sophomore Alex Gustafson (Medford, Mass.) tallied her first career home run in the first game against the Seawolves and sophomore Julia Barrett (Gardner, Mass.) pitched eight strong innings before being pulled in the ninth, giving up six hits and striking out five in the extra inning contest.
- Stony Brook (10-4) began its season on February 17 and played in three tournaments to start the year. At the Charlotte Classic in Charlotte, N.C. the Seawolves went 2-2, at the George Washington Colonial Classic they went 3-1 and at the La Quinta Inn and Suites Spring Break Tournament they went 5-1. Stony Brook will host Texas Tech in a doubleheader on Wednesday, March 14 before the Crusaders come to town for a twin bill.
- The Crusaders will look to build on a slow start to the season down in Florida at the Rebel Spring Games. Holy Cross went 2-10 during its seven day, 12 game stretch in Kissimmee. The Crusaders earned its first victory by a score of 7-6 versus Yale on March 6 and shutout Manhattan 3-0 in the final game of the trip on March 10. Holy Cross suffered five losses by two runs or less including two extra inning 1-0 losses on March 9 against Utah Valley and Florida A&M.
- Junior Sam Fregenti (Melville, N.Y.) first tied and then broke the Holy Cross career home run record when she homered in back-to-back days. Her record tying blast came against Indiana State on March 5 and her record setting 17th home run proved to be the game-winner in the Crusaders victory over Yale on March 6. Fregenti also leads the team in RBI with nine.
- Freshman Ashleigh Vargas (Wakefield, Mass.) has gotten off to a strong start in her first collegiate action, returning from Florida was a team-high .343 batting average. She leads the team in hits with 12 and steals with three. She has an on-base percentage of .425 and has tallied three RBI. Freshmen Tori Cheske (Thomaston, Conn.) and Abigail Lang (Londonderry, N.H.) also each recorded their first career hit while in Kissimmee.
- Senior Nicole Ortiz (Whittier, Calif.) was the only other Crusaders besides Vargas to come back up north having at least 10 plate appearances and a batting average over .300, finishing with a .318 mark in 10 games. Junior Kat Rosenthal (Boston, Mass.) took advantage of her plate appearances breaking up two no-hit attempts with fifth inning singles. Rosenthal entered as a pinch hitter against Sacred Heart on March 4 and led off the final inning with a base hit to left and once again came off the bench against Indiana State and singled to center. Sophomore Kelliner Croushore (Claremont, Calif.) hit her first career home run against Manhattan on March 10.
- Senior Camille Trainor (Worcester, Mass.) was the most versatile Crusader on the spring trip, starting all 12 games in five different positions. Trainor has started five games in center field, four at second base, one game in right field, one game at pitcher and one game at catcher. Trainor also has a win at pitcher, entering in relief against Yale and posting four and two-thirds innings, allowing five hits, two runs and walking one.
- Barrett has the other win for the Crusaders in the circle and leads the team with a 2.07 ERA in 40 and two-thirds innings, allowing 43 hits, 20 runs (12 earned), 16 walks and 28 strikeouts in seven appearances.