NEW BRITAIN, Conn. – The Central Connecticut Blue Devils put together four multi-run innings and stifled the Holy Cross baseball team's offense as the Crusaders dropped a 16-2 decision at the Central Connecticut Baseball Field. With the final tally, the Crusaders fall to a record of 15-17-1 while the Blue Devils move to 14-12-1 on the season. Senior Nick Ciardiello (Edison, N.J.) provided half of the team's offense, knocking out his 20th career home run.
Central Connecticut jumped ahead 3-0 in the bottom of the first inning, tagging sophomore starter Tom Marra (Sea Cliff, N.Y.) with three hits, including a two-run double. Ciardiello then belted out his fourth home run of the season in the first at-bat of the top of the second to make it a 3-1 game. The Blue Devils broke out for five runs on three hits in the bottom of the second, however, taking an 8-1 lead.
\Freshman Nate Walker (San Diego, Calif.) replaced Marra in the third and shut down the Central Connecticut offense for the third and fourth innings before letting up one run on two hits in the fifth inning. Holy Cross scattered three hits from the fourth through sixth innings and found themselves down, 11-1, heading into the seventh. after the Blue Devils scored two runs off sophomore Conor Moynihan (Worcester, Mass.).
Freshman Kyle Stearns (Orland Park, Ill.) scored Holy Cross' second run after doubling to start off the seventh inning, touching home on sophomore Alex Maldonado's (Brooklyn, N.Y.) RBI ground out. Central Connecticut scored five unanswered runs in the seventh and eighth to pull out by a 16-2 as Holy Cross came up empty in the ninth to fall by the 16-2 final tally.
Marra tallied the losing decision, falling to 1-2 on the season after allowing eight runs (six earned) on eight hits while striking out four in two innings pitched. Central Connecticut's Harry Glynne earned the winning decision, improving to 3-0 on the year after allowing just two runs on seven hits in seven innings pitched. In all, Holy Cross scored two runs on seven hits and made one error while the Blue Devils scored 16 runs on 17 hits, committing one error.
The Crusaders host Dartmouth next, wrapping up mid-week non-conference action on Wednesday, April 13. The Big Green visit Worcester for a 4:00 p.m. game at Fitton Field.