March 4, 2009
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Leftfielder Keeley Seniuk (Phoenix, Ariz.) went 4-6, with one run scored and one RBI in two games, but it was not enough as the Holy Cross softball team fell to Detroit, 3-2, and Fairfield, 5-1, on Tuesday, March 3 at the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, Fla. With the two losses, the Crusaders fall to 1-5 on the season.
Holy Cross vs. Detroit
In the first game of the afternoon, Detroit scored in the bottom of the first inning to take a 1-0 lead. Holy Cross responded and tied the game 1-1 in the top of the second when Seniuk got on base on a single, moved to second on a fielder's choice, took third on a wild pitch and scored on senior Natalie Cruz's (Manalapan, N.J.) ground ball RBI.
Detroit took the lead, 2-1, in the bottom of the third inning and Holy Cross tied the game, 2-2, in the top of the fifth when freshman Gwen Reimer (Pottsville, Pa.) scored. Reimer drew a walk, then stole second base and then scored on a RBI single by sophomore Caitlin Belanger (Fall River, Mass.). Detroit scored in the bottom of the sixth to take the lead and Holy Cross was unable to get a run across, falling to Detroit, 3-2.
Belanger started in the circle for the Crusaders, pitching six complete innings and giving up three runs on 10 Detroit hits. Holy Cross scored two runs on five hits and left six runners on base, while Detroit scored three runs on 10 hits and left eight runners on base.
Holy Cross vs. Fairfield
After two innings of scoreless action, Fairfield scored in the top of the third inning and sixth inning to take a 2-0 lead. Holy Cross was able to cut Fairfield's lead in half in the bottom of the sixth inning when Belanger got to first on an error by the shortstop, she then stole second and took third on a ground ball hit by freshman Nicole Ortiz (Whittier, Calif.). Belanger scored the only Holy Cross run of the day on a ground ball RBI by Seniuk. Fairfield then scored three runs in the top of the seventh to put the game out of reach for the Crusaders.
Junior Dettey Audette (New Bedford, Mass.) made the start on the mound for the Crusaders, going six complete innings and giving up two runs on five hits. Cruz came in to pitch for Holy Cross in the top of the seventh and gave up three runs on three Fairfield hits. Holy Cross scored one run on six hits, leaving five runners on base, while Fairfield scored five runs on eight hits, leaving three runners on base.
Holy Cross continues action at the Rebel Spring Games on Thursday, March 5, taking on Valparaiso at 9:00 a.m. and Maine at 1:00 p.m.