CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Boston College mounted a six-run fifth inning to earn a three-run lead that the Holy Cross baseball team could not recover from, falling by the final score of 7-4 at Shea Field. With the final, the Crusaders move to a 4-8 overall record while the Eagles collect a record of 8-12 on the season. Senior Matt Perry (Sudbury, Mass.) went 2-for-4 at the plate with two RBI to lead his team offensively.
Holy Cross took an early one-run lead in the top of the first inning. Junior Brendan McCrea (Hicksville, N.Y.) led off with a walk and advanced to second on a passed ball and took third on a fielder’s choice. Perry, in the third at-bat of the inning, singled to bring McCrea home, tallying the RBI. The Eagles evened the score at 1-1 on a fielding error in the bottom of the third inning after marking a hit and a hit batsman to put runners in scoring position.
The Crusaders broke the tie half an inning later, collecting two more runs on three hits in the top of the fourth inning. Perry picked up his second RBI of the day after he doubled to score fellow senior John Sills (Milton, Mass.) who singled to lead off. Perry would then score on a deep single by junior Nick Ciardiello (Edison, N.J.) as Holy Cross finished the inning up 3-1. A one-run, two hit top of the fifth inning increased the Crusaders’ lead to 4-1 as junior Jack Laurendeau (Sudbury, Mass.) notched a single through left side, scoring sophomore Chris Sintetos (Bethesda, Md.).
A damaging six-run, six hit inning would drop the Crusaders back, however, as Boston College marked five consecutive singles and a double to take a 7-4 lead after five innings of play. Eagles pitching then silenced Holy Cross’ bats in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings, as no player picked up another hit. Freshman Stephen Wadsworth (Wayland, Mass.) drew a two-out walk in the top of the ninth inning, but was unable to score, as Holy Cross finished behind the Eagles by the 7-4 final.
Holy Cross used five pitchers in the game. Senior Bobby Holmes (Dedham, Mass.), who came in to the game during the fourth inning, took the loss to go to 0-2 on the season. He pitched one inning, giving up four runs on three hits. Boston College’s Dave Laufer would earn the winning decision, his first of the season. He pitched just over one inning, allowing just two hits. Junior Kevin Moran earned his first save of the season as well. In all, Holy Cross scored four runs on seven hits with one error, leaving five runners stranded while Boston College scored seven runs on 10 hits, leaving seven runners on base.
Holy Cross will host a four-game set next at Fitton Field this upcoming weekend, beginning March 27. Saturday will feature a doubleheader starting at 4:00 p.m. in Worcester, Mass.