March 6, 2009
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Sophomore Caitlin Belanger (Fall River, Mass) pitched a complete game, earning her second win of the season as the Holy Cross softball team defeated St. Francis, 4-3 and Valparaiso, 6-3, on Friday, March 6 at the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, Fla. With the two wins, the Crusaders improve to 3-7 on the season.
Holy Cross vs. St. Francis
Holy Cross controlled the game from the first pitch, scoring three runs in the first inning and one in the second. The Crusaders got on the board when freshman Gwen Reimer (Pottsville, Pa.) started the game off with a single. Reimer then stole second and junior Dettey Audette (New Bedford, Mass.) laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Reimer to third. Reimer scored the first Crusader run of the morning on a RBI single by Belanger. Belanger advanced to second on a stolen base and sophomore Keeley Seniuk (Phoenix, Ariz.) took first on a walk. Belanger and Seniuk moved up a base on a double steal before scoring on a RBI double by junior Courtney Nealon (Rochester, N.Y.).
The Crusaders added one more run in the second inning when sophomore Tiffany Medwid (Imperial, Pa.) took first on a walk. Medwid then stole second, advanced to third on a single by junior Mandy Correale (Peabody, Mass.) and crossed the plate on a error by the St. Francis catcher. St. Francis chipped away at the Holy Cross lead, scoring a run in the third inning, fifth inning and sixth inning, but couldn't get any closer as the Crusaders earned the victory, 4-3.
Audette made the start on the mound for the Crusaders, picking up her first win of the season. Belanger entered the game and earned the save. Senior Natalie Cruz (Manalapan, N.J.) was 2-3 with a single and a double.
Holy Cross vs. Valparaiso
The Crusaders continued on their winning ways, defeating Valparaiso 6-3 to wrap up the afternoon. Holy Cross scored in the first inning when Reimer reached first on a single and was advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Medwid. Reimer advanced to third on a ground ball by Belanger and then scored the first Holy Cross run of the afternoon on an error by the Valparaiso short stop. Holy Cross' lead didn't last long as Valparaiso scored in the bottom of the first inning to tie the game.
The Crusaders responded at the top of the third inning when Medwid doubled, stole third and then reached home on a RBI single by Belanger. Valparaiso answered back, scoring in the bottom of the third to tie the game again. Holy Cross took the lead again in the fourth inning, scoring three runs. Junior Elizabeth Foley (Charlton, Mass.) scored on a RBI double by Correale, Correale scored on a RBI single by Reimer and Reimer scored on a RBI single by Belanger. At the four and a half inning mark, Holy Cross was up 5-2. Valparaiso added a run in the bottom of the fourth to make it 5-3 and then the Crusaders put the game out of reach in the seventh inning when Audette scored the sixth run of the game.
Belanger made the start in the circle, pitching the complete game and picking up her second win of the season. Holy Cross scored six runs on ten hits and played errorless ball, while Valparaiso scored three runs on eight hits and had one error.
Holy Cross wraps up action at the Rebel Spring Games on Saturday, March 7, taking on Youngstown State at 9:00 a.m. and Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne at 11:00 a.m.