March 7, 2009
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Sophomore Caitlin Belanger (Fall River, Mass.) hit a home run and pitched a complete game as the Holy Cross softball team defeated Youngstown State, 7-3, and Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne, 4-0, at the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, Fla. on Saturday afternoon. With the two victories, the Crusaders wrap up their spring trip with an overall record of 5-7.
Holy Cross vs. Youngstown State
Youngstown started the game off with a two-run homerun to take the 2-0 lead before the Crusaders stepped into the batter's box. Holy Cross responded in the bottom of the first inning, matching Youngstown run for run. The Crusaders got on the board when sophomore Tiffany Medwid (Imperial, Pa.) singled up the middle. Medwid stole second base and then Belanger blasted a two-run homerun to tie the game 2-2.
Holy Cross took the lead in the bottom of the second inning when sophomore Sam Lenhardt (Duxbury, Mass.) laid down a bunt for a base hit, stole second base, advanced to third on a ground ball and scored on a wild pitch. The Crusaders scored again in the bottom of the third when sophomore Keeley Seniuk (Phoenix, Ariz.) hit a RBI single to score Belanger.
Youngstown State scored one run in the top of the fifth inning and then Holy Cross put the game out of reach with three runs in the bottom of the sixth, ending the game 7-3.
Freshman Camille Trainor (Worcester, Mass.) made the start in the circle, throwing for two complete innings. Sophomore Katie Alexander (Tigard, Ore.) entered the game in relief and senior Natalie Cruz (Manalapan, N.J.) closed the game, earning the win. Holy Cross scored seven runs on 10 hits and committed one error, while Youngstown State scored three runs on eight hits with no errors.
Holy Cross vs. Indiana-Purdue-Fort-Wayne
The Crusaders continued on their winning ways, defeating Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne, 4-0, in their final game of the tournament. Belanger made the start on the bump for Holy Cross, throwing a complete game and picking up her third win and first shut out of the season.
The game remained scoreless until the fourth inning when Seniuk reached first after being hit by a pitch. Seniuk then stole second and freshman Nicole Ortiz (Whittier, Calif.) hit a RBI single to bring her home.
In the fifth inning, the Crusaders scored three runs to take the 4-0 lead. Junior Mandy Correale (Peabody, Mass.) took first on a walk and then advanced all the way to third when freshman Gwen Reimer (Pottsville, Pa.) reached first on an error by the IPFW third baseman. Reimer advanced to second on a stolen base and Correale scored on a sacrifice bunt by Belanger. Seniuk ripped a RBI double to score Reimer and an error by the IPFW second baseman scored Seniuk.
The Holy Cross softball team has completed action at the Rebel Springs Games and will return to the Northeast to take on Bryant in a doubleheader on March 17 starting at 3:00 p.m. in Smithfield, R.I.