WORCESTER, Mass. – Sophomore reliever Josh Hauser (Dallas, Texas) earned his first career save with one out and a one-run game in the top of the ninth as the Holy Cross baseball team survived a late Yale comeback and winning 6-5 at Fitton Field. With the final tally, the Crusaders combine for a record of 20-22-1 while the Bulldogs move to 22-16 on the season. Sophomore Josh Olson (Woodbury, Minn.) was the only Crusader to tally multi-hits in the effort, finishing with a team-leading two-for-four plate appearance.
Yale scored first, earning one run on two hits in the top of the first to go up 1-0. After collecting two hits through the first three innings, Holy Cross batted through the order in the bottom of the fourth, scoring five times to make it a 5-1 game. Two runs came across on a fielding error by Yale's left fielder while sophomore Alex Maldonado (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and freshman Jordan Enos (Stockton, Calif.), making his first career start at catcher, drew bases loaded walks.
Yale scored its second run in the top of the sixth but Holy Cross answered with one run in the bottom half of the inning to go back ahead 6-2 as freshman Andrew Barry (Puyallup, Wash.) tallied the RBI single, scoring Olson. Yale made it 6-3 in the seventh, scoring on an error before freshman Nate Walker (San Diego, Calif.) came in to pitch, working his way out of a two base runner jam. Walker got Yale to go down in order in the eighth but let up a two-run home run in the top of the ninth as Yale made it a one run game, 6-5. Holy Cross then brought in Hauser as Walker let up another hit to close out the game. After walking the first batter, Hauser got the next two batters to fly out and line out, preserving the team's one-run lead as the Crusaders won out 6-5.
Sophomore Tom Marra (Sea Cliff, N.Y.), who pitched a solid 4.1 innings for the Crusaders, picked up the winning decision to improve to 2-2 on the season. He allowed two runs on five hits and struck out one. Yale's reliever, Nolan Becker, suffers the loss as he pitched Holy Cross' five-run fourth inning. He let up two hits and had one earned run in the outing. In all, Holy Cross scored six runs on six hits and made three errors while the Bulldogs scored five runs on 10 hits, committing one error.
The Crusaders wrap up their regular season non-conference action tomorrow, April 27, against Siena. Game time is set for 5:00 p.m. at Fitton Field in Worcester, Mass.