March 5, 2009
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - After a short break in action, the Holy Cross softball returned to the diamond on Thursday, March 5, falling to Valparaiso, 12-7, and Maine, 5-2, at the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, Fla. With the two losses, the Crusaders fall to 1-7 on the season.
Holy Cross vs. Valparaiso
Holy Cross scored seven runs, but couldn't keep pace with the Valparaiso bats, falling 12-7. The Holy Cross sticks came alive, as eight Crusaders had hits. After giving up five runs, the Crusaders got on the board in the fourth inning when freshman Nicole Ortiz (Whittier, Calif.) ripped a double, driving in two runs. Junior Courtney Nealon (Rochester, N.Y.) entered the game to pinch hit, blasting a two-run homerun to bring the score within one, 5-4.
Valparaiso scored seven runs in the top of the fifth inning and Holy Cross responded with three in the bottom, but couldn't get any closer. Sophomore Keeley Seniuk (Phoenix, Ariz.) continued her hitting streak with a double, senior Natalie Cruz (Manalapan, N.J.) went 2-4 with two singles and sophomore Caitlin Belanger (Fall River, Mass.) went 2-4 with a double.
Cruz made the start on the mound for the Crusaders, suffering her second loss of the season. Sophomore Katie Alexander (Tigard, Ore.) came in for relief and Belanger closed the game. Holy Cross scored seven runs on 10 hits, while Valparaiso scored 12 runs on 16 hits.
Holy Cross vs. Maine
The Crusaders continued action against Maine, falling 5-2. Junior Dettey Audette (New Bedford, Mass.) made the start for Holy Cross,falling to 0-3 on the season. The Crusaders scored their first run of the game in the first inning when Audette reached first on the error by the Maine shortstop and scored on a base hit by Belanger. In the fourth inning, Holy Cross scored when Seniuk reached first on the walk, advanced to second on a sac bunt by Cruz and scored on a RBI by Nealon.
Holy Cross continues action at the Rebel Spring Games on Friday, March 6, taking on Saint Francis University at 11:00 a.m. and Valparaiso at 3:00 p.m.