WORCESTER, Mass. – Sophomore Steve Tkowski (Bourne, Mass.) hit a bases loaded triple down the left field line in the bottom of the seventh inning, scoring all three teammates as the Holy Cross baseball team came back from a one-run deficit to win 6-3 against Hartford at Fitton Field. With the victory, the Crusaders go to 11-11 overall while the Hawks collect an overall record of 5-14. Tkowski went 1-for-4 at the plate on the day with one run scored and the three RBI.
Hartford took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning after marking a double and a follow up single to the same spot in right field, spoiling freshman Tommy Marra’s (Sea Cliff, N.Y.) first career start. Senior Matt Perry (Sudbury, Mass.) would not let the Hawks have the lead long, as he homered to left center in the bottom half of the first inning, notching his first home run of the season and tying the score at 1-1. Holy Cross would go up 2-1 in the bottom of the second inning as senior Chris Blanchard (Norwich, Conn.) hit a sacrifice fly to right centerfield, scoring freshman Stephen Wadsworth (Wayland, Mass.) who hit a single to lead off. With the single, Wadsworth extends his hitting streak to eight games.
The Hawks would knot the score at 2-2 on a sacrifice fly of their own in the top of the fourth inning and then pick up a 3-2 lead in the top of the fifth inning on back-to-back singles, chasing Marra out of the game. After three scoreless innings, Holy Cross broke through for four runs on three hits to take a 6-3 lead after seven innings of play. Tkowski highlighted the inning with a bases clearing triple, his second of the season, scoring juniors Jack Laurendeau (Sudbury, Mass), Nick Ciardiello (Edison, N.J.) and Perry. Junior Eric Oxford (Danvers, Mass.) followed with an RBI single to tally the fourth and final run in the inning. The seventh inning would be the final time either team scored, as senior Ryan George (Seekonk, Mass.) came in to pitch the final 1.1 innings, shutting down Hartford’s bats and protecting his team’s 6-3 advantage to earn his fourth save of the season.
Sophomore John Pedrotty (Portsmouth, R.I.), who came in to relieve Marra in the fifth inning, earned the win to improve to 4-0 on the season. He pitched three innings, allowing just one hit over 10 batters faced, striking out one as well. Hawk starter Zach Tarner picks up the loss in his first start of the season, falling to 0-1. He pitched just over six innings, allowing six runs on five hits and three strikeouts.
In the game, Holy Cross combined for six runs on six hits, making two errors. The Hawks scored three runs on six hits, making three errors.
Holy Cross will wrap up its 11-game home stand with another non-conference contest against Marist on Wednesday, April 7. First pitch is set for 5:00 p.m. at Fitton Field in Worcester, Mass.