WEST POINT, N.Y. – The Holy Cross baseball team could not pull out wins against Army despite a season-high eight strikeouts from junior John Pedrotty (Portsmouth, R.I.) and three RBI from freshman Andrew Barry (Puyallup, Wash.), falling 2-1 and 8-3 at Doubleday Field. With the day's results, the Crusaders combine for a record of 12-12-1 (0-2 PL) while the Black Knights move to 9-13 (2-0 PL) on the season. Barry went two-for-six on the day with a double while Pedrotty pitched six strong innings despite his second loss of the season.
Pedrotty struck out five Black Knights before allowing one run to score on two hits in the bottom of the fourth as Army struck first for a 1-0 lead. Senior Eric Oxford (Danvers, Mass.) collected the Crusaders' first hit in the top of the fourth as fellow senior Nick Ciardiello (Edison, N.J.) was the only other base runner, getting hit by a pitch twice. Senior Brendan McCrea (Hicksville, N.Y.) tied the game 1-1 with his first home run of the season in the top of the fifth, but Army's Clint Moore answered with a home run in the bottom half of the inning to give back the Black Knights a 2-1 lead.
Sophomore Patrick Puentes (East Greenbush, N.Y.) put together the team's final hit, but the Crusaders came up empty in the runs column and dropped the 2-1 decision. Pedrotty falls to 4-2 on the season after pitching the complete six innings. He allowed the two runs on eight hits and struck out a season-high eight batters. Army's Scott Lucado wins his first decision of the season to improve to 1-0. He allowed only two hits and McCrea's lone home run and struck out four. Senior Black Knight Ben Koenigsfeld, who pitched the final two innings, earns the save, his third of the season. He allowed just one hit and struck out two.
In all, the Crusaders scored one run on three hits. The Black Knights scored two runs on eight hits. Ciardiello, who was hit three times, keeps his hit streak alive.
The Crusaders jumped ahead 3-0 in the top of the second inning as Barry cleared the bases with a double, scoring sophomores Stephen Wadsworth (Wayland, Mass.) and Josh Olson (Woodbury, Minn.) and freshman Mike Ahmed (East Longmeadow, Mass.). Wadsworth, Olson and fellow sophomore Alex Maldonado (Brooklyn, N.Y.) all collected hits in the inning as Wadsworth led off with a single, followed by a double from Olson. Maldonado was the last Crusader to earn a hit in the inning, but was caught stealing second base. Army scored four times in the bottom of the third, taking a 4-3 lead after Koenigsfeld went deep for a three-run home run.
Army loaded the bases on three straight singles in the bottom of the fifth, chasing junior starter Matt Croglio (Fayetteville, N.Y.) from the mound. Reliever Tom Marra (Sea Cliff, N.Y.) walked the first batter in and then allowed three more runs to score, including two on wild pitches as Army went ahead 8-3 after five innings of play. Barry would be the only Crusader to add a hit for Holy Cross from the third through sixth innings.
Sophomore Vaughn Hayward (Glendale, R.I.), the third pitcher used, let up one hit in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings to keep the Black Knights from scoring again. The Crusaders were unable to score again as well, despite leaving runners on second in third in the top of the ninth. With the final out, Holy Cross fell by the score of 8-3.
Croglio falls to 2-3 on the season after getting tabbed with the losing decision. He allowed seven runs on six hits while striking out five. Army's reliever Ken Jackson improves to 4-1 on the season after allowing just one hit in his 2.1 innings pitched. In all, Holy Cross scored three runs on seven hits, making two errors while Army scored eight runs on seven hits, also making two errors. Maldonado also added two hits in the game along with Barry's two hits.
Holy Cross wraps up the weekend doubleheader against Army tomorrow, April 3. The first contest begins at 1:00 p.m. All games will be played on Doubleday Field.