WEST POINT, N.Y. – The Holy Cross baseball team could not find its groove at the plate or on the mound, dropping two more decisions against Army, 6-2 and 13-7 to wrap up doubleheader action at Doubleday Field. With the day's results, the Crusaders fall to a record of 12-14-1 (0-4 PL) while the Black Knights move to 11-13 (4-0 PL) on the season. Sophomore Josh Olson (Woodbury, Minn.) led the team's offense in the two games, going four-for-seven at the plate with three RBI going deep for two home runs.
The Black Knights went deep in the bottom of the first inning, tagging junior starter Nate Koneski (North Dighton, Mass.) with a three-run home run to go up 3-0 early. Army added one run in the bottom of the second, loading the bases and then scoring on a sacrifice fly to go up 4-0. Holy Cross found the scoreboard in the top of the fourth after Army added two runs in the bottom of the third. With one out and sophomore Stephen Wadsworth (Wayland, Mass.) on first after getting hit by a pitch, fellow sophomore Josh Olson (Woodbury, Minn.) drove a ball over the right field fence, collecting his first career home run and making it a 6-2 game.
Sophomore Andrew Boyce (Avon, Conn.) replaced Koneski in the fifth inning and kept the Black Knights from scoring again. The Crusaders went three up, three down in the fifth and sixth innings as junior Chris Sintetos (Bethesda, Md.) added the team's final hit as a pinch hitter, singling in the seventh. Holy Cross would leave two runners stranded, however, falling by the final 6-2 score.
Koneski drops to 2-4 on the season after pitching 4.2 innings, allowing six runs on eight hits and striking out seven. Army's starter, Logan Lee went five innings deep, allowing two runs on two hits and struck out two. In all, the Crusaders scored two runs on two hits. The Black Knights scored six runs on eight hits. Senior Eric Oxford (Danvers, Mass.) and Olson were the only two Crusaders to earn hits in the game.
The teams combined for nine runs in the first inning as Oxford and Olson both hit home runs to give the Crusaders an early 4-0 edge before Army cam back with a five-run bottom half of the inning to take a 5-4 lead. The Black Knights scored on a double and single as well as capitalizing on an error and two walks from sophomore starter Chris Kono (Greenwich, Conn.), chasing him from the mound early. Army mirrored their first inning in the second, scoring five more runs on three hits to jump out to a 10-4 lead, chasing reliever John Colella (Herndon, Va.) from the mound.
The Crusaders got one back in the top of the fourth to make it a 10-5 game as senior Brendan McCrea (Hicksville, N.Y.) finished a three-hit rally with a RBI single, scoring sophomore Alex Maldonado (Brooklyn, N.Y.), who started the rally. Sophomore Josh Hauser (Dallas, Texas), who replaced Colella, shut down the Black Knights from the third through fifth innings, striking out two. The Crusaders got runners in scoring position in the fifth and sixth, but left three stranded.
Army added two runs on two hits off sophomore Tom Marra (Sea Cliff, N.Y.) in the bottom of the sixth to pull back out by seven runs, 12-5. The Crusaders battled back for two runs in the top of the seventh as freshman Kyle Stearns (Orland Park, Ill.) knocked in one run on a bases loaded single while senior Jack Laurendeau (Sudbury, Mass.) walked with the bases loaded to score Olson. The Black Knights put another run across on a wild pitch by Marra in the bottom of the seventh while Holy Cross could not find another way to score, falling by the 13-7 final score.
Kono, who lasted two outs, gets tabbed with the loss, falling to 0-2 on the season. Army's starter, Chris Rowley, earned the win, evening his record at 2-2 on the year. In all, Holy Cross scored seven runs on 14 hits, making three errors while Army scored 13 runs on 11 hits, also making three errors.
Holy Cross continues non-conference action at Hartford next, competing against the Hawks on Tuesday, April 5. First pitch is set for 3:00 p.m. at Fiondella Field in Hartford, Conn.