Crusaders Claim Series Victory with Sunday Sweep
April 7, 2013
EASTON, Pa. – Patrick Puentes led Holy Cross with two home runs and hit for the cycle as the Crusaders defeated Lafayette 23-4 in game two of Sunday’s doubleheader at Kamine Stadium. The victory came after the visitors won game one 7-6 and took three of four on the weekend.
Holy Cross (14-16, 6-2) pounced on Lafayette (6-24, 3-4) in the first inning when Puentes brought home Andrew Barry from first base with an RBI double to the gap in left center field. The run came against Leopards’ starting pitcher Alex Farina, who stranded Puentes at third with a strikeout and a groundout to end the frame.
Chris Kono made the start on the bump for Holy Cross and worked a clean first inning to preserve the 1-0 lead. Farina worked a scoreless half inning in the top of the second, taking advantage of a 6-4-3 double play after Jordan Enos led off with an infield single.
Scott Kelleher began the home half of the second by scorching a double to the wall in left center. Alex Osuchowski walked before Thomas Dunleavy gave himself up with a sacrifice bunt to third base to move the runners up to second and third with one away. Parker Hills then delivered a sac fly to right, and Campbell Lipe shot a single through the left side and Lafayette led 2-1. With Lipe standing on first and two down, Andrew Landolfi ripped a double into the left field corner to push the advantage to 3-1.
Holy Cross used three extra base hits in the third to regain the lead at 4-3. Evan Ocello started things off with a double to right and later scored on a sac fly, before Puentes’ solo job that cleared the right field fence. Brandon Cipolla then got in on the act with a two-bagger off the top of the fence in left center field. Cipolla’s hit completed Farina’s time on the mound and he was charged with four runs on six hits, while fanning two and walking one. Robert Tatum was met with a single up the middle that scored Cipolla, before Andrew Santomauro made a grab on the warning track in center and Mike Ahmed fouled out to third base to end the inning.
The advantage increased to 5-3 in favor of the Crusaders after Lafayette was sent down in order in the bottom of the third and Holy Cross scored an unearned run in the fourth. Kono worked around a one-out walk to Dunleavy by inducing a 1-6-3 double play to finish off the Leopards in the bottom half.
Facing Lafayette righty Derek Gussaroff with runners on first and second base with one down, Enos blooped a single into shallow center field that landed just in front of the diving Santomauro. The knock scored Puentes from second before Ahmed cleared the bases with a double inside the third base bag as Holy Cross led 8-3. The Crusaders added a ninth run on a groundout by Alex Maldonado prior to Kono getting Lafayette to go 1-2-3 in bottom of the fifth.
Three more runs for Holy Cross in the sixth against Cory Spera put the Crusaders ahead 12-3 as Kono continued to cruise. The lefty didn’t allow a hit in four straight innings after the second and faced the minimum during that time. Kono earned the win after throwing six innings and gave up three runs on three hits, while striking out three and walking two.
Holy Cross piled on seven runs in the seventh, two in the eighth and two in the ninth en route to the 23-4 win.
The Leopards return to action on Tuesday when they travel to Philadelphia to take on La Salle. First pitch is set for 3:30 p.m.