Holy Cross Edges Baseball to Split Doubleheader
March 29, 2014
WORCESTER, Mass. - Holy Cross scored a run in the eighth inning to break a 5-5 tie and took the nightcap of Saturday's twinbill at Fitton Field by a 6-5 final. The Crusaders salvaged a split of the doubleheader after Lafayette won game one 3-2.
Holy Cross (7-14, 1-1 Patriot) got on the scoreboard first in the second inning with a pair of unearned runs off Lafayette starter Mitch Leeds. Connor Perry began the inning with a single to left before moving to third on an error by Leeds that put runners on the corners with nobody out. The Leopards' righty punched out Andrew Barry for the first out, before Bobby Indeglia's ground ball to shortstop scored Perry. Following a two-out walk to Evan Ocello, Nick Lovullo served an RBI single into center as the Crusaders grabbed a 2-0 cushion.
The Leopards (7-11, 1-1 Patriot) quickly trimmed the deficit in half in the top of the third when Andrew Santomauro used his speed to beat out an infield single and then stole second base with two outs. Second baseman Jackson Kramer took advantage of Santomauro making his way into scoring position by ripping a run-scoring line drive into center field.
Lovullo's RBI base hit in the fourth frame pushed Holy Cross' lead to 3-1, before each side plated two in the fifth inning. Santomauro's solo dinger preceded Parker Hills' RBI single that brought Kramer around from second. Kramer reached by drawing a walk and advanced on a balk by Holy Cross' starting pitcher Phil Reese. Reese completed the fifth and his line by allowing three runs on five hits. He struck out five and walked two.
Leeds tossed 5.0 innings himself and surrendered five runs (three earned) on six hits and fanned five. He walked two in a no-decision.
Facing a 5-3 hole, Lafayette scored single runs in the sixth and seventh innings to tie the game off relief pitcher George Capen. The sixth-inning tally was a result of two Holy Cross errors, before Alex Woinski drove in Kramer to tie the game at 5-5 in the seventh.
Pitching in relief of Leeds, Cory Spera held Holy Cross scoreless with consecutive 1-2-3 innings that included two strikeouts. The Crusaders broke the deadlock in the bottom of the eighth when Critelli doubled off Spera to start the inning. Two batters later, Schlich found the hole on the right side that drove home the eventual winning run from second base.
Jon Escobar closed out the game by working around a walk to Kramer in the ninth to seal the win for Holy Cross and reliever Sean Gustin, who twirled a clean eighth inning.
The series is scheduled to resume Sunday at 1 p.m. when the two sides play a doubleheader at Fitton Field.