April 6, 2011

Defensive Miscue Dooms Crusaders In 10th Inning Against Marist

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – The Holy Cross baseball team was unable to convert on a sacrifice bunt laid down by Marist in the bottom of the 10th inning, resulting in a 6-5 loss at McCann Baseball Field in non-conference action. With the miscue, the Crusaders fall to a record of 12-15-1 while the Red Foxes register a 21-6 record on the season. Offensively, sophomore Stephen Wadsworth (Wayland, Mass.) led the team at the plate with two hits and two RBI.

Wadsworth gave Holy Cross its first two runs in the top of the second inning, doubling for the second time this season and scoring senior Nick Ciardiello (Edison, N.J.) and sophomore Josh Olson (Woodbury, Minn.) who both walked. The Crusaders then went ahead 3-0 in the top of the third as senior Eric Oxford (Danvers, Mass.) doubled for the team's second hit, scoring fellow senior Jack Laurendeau (Sudbury, Mass.). Marist answered with three runs in the bottom of the third, however, tying the game after tagging sophomore starter Chris Kono (Greenwich, Conn.) for three hits in the outing.

Kono was replaced by sophomore Andrew Boyce (Avon, Conn.) in the top of the fifth inning, leaving with the no decision as neither team scored in the fourth or fifth innings. Freshman Andrew Barry (Puyallup, Wash.) broke the tie with a two-run single in the top of the sixth, bringing around Ciardiello and Wadsworth and making it a 5-3 game. Marist got one run back in the bottom of the sixth as the designated hitter, Eric Helmrich, homered, tallying the score at 5-4.

After Holy Cross left four runners stranded in the sixth through eighth innings, the Red Foxes made one hit count, tying the score 5-5 in the bottom of the eighth on their second home run of the day. Marist would load the bases in the bottom of the ninth but Laurendeau and Wadsworth put together a fly out and play at the plate to keep the Red Foxes from taking the win as the team's went into extra innings tied, 5-5. The Crusaders went three up, three down in the top of 10th before sophomore pitcher John Colella (Herndon, Va.) allowed a walk and a hit through in the bottom of the inning to give the Red Foxes runners in scoring position again. Marist then put down the bunt, allowing the runners to move up before a throwing error by third baseman Kyle Stearns (Orland Park, Ill.) allowed the winning run to score. With the error, the Crusaders fell, 6-5.

Colella falls to 1-2 on the season after enduring the extra innings loss. Marist's Eric Alessio improves to 1-1 after getting the winning decision, allowing one hit in two innings pitched. In all, Holy Cross scored five runs on eight hits, making two costly errors while Marist scored six runs on 13 hits. Oxford also tallied two hits in the affair.

Holy Cross looks to rebound in conference action this weekend, hosting Bucknell beginning April 9. The first game of Saturday's doubleheader starts at 3:00 p.m. at Fitton Field in Worcester, Mass.