COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Senior Chris Sintetos (Bethesda, Md.) collected his second career home run in the second inning, but No. 4 Texas A&M cam back to score eight unanswered times as the Holy Cross baseball fell, 8-2, Texas A&M in the final day of action at Blue Bell Park. With the decision, the Crusaders complete the series with a record of 1-2 while the Aggies go to 6-1. Junior Alex Maldonado (Brooklyn, N.Y.) added a team-high two hits on the day.
After a scoreless first inning, Sinteto put the Crusaders on the board first, sending out a two-run home run in the top of the second, sending home junior Stephen Wadsworth (Wayland, Mass.) who singled for his first hit of the series. The Aggies rallied right back, scoring five runs on four hits in the bottom half of the inning to go ahead 5-2, chasing out sophomore pitcher Nate Walker (San Diego, Calif.) from his first start of the season.
Texas A&M added one run on to the lead in the bottom of the third, scoring on a sacrifice fly. Crusaders bats scattered hits in the third and fifth innings, but remained scoreless. Sophomore Brandon Cipolla (Abington, Mass.) tallied the Crusaders' second extra-base hit of the day in the top of the seventh, doubling to right center, but could not score as the Aggies scored in the bottom half of the inning, making it a 7-2 game. Freshman Donny Murray (Walpole, Mass.) made his career debut on the mound in the bottom of the eighth, coming in for junior Chris Kono (Greenwich, Conn.) with one runner on. The Aggies scored one final time in the inning to solidify a 8-2 victory as Holy Cross went three up three down in the bottom of the ninth.
Walker tallied the loss, going to 0-1 on the season after giving up five runs on four hits in his inning pitched. Junior Andrew Boyce (Avon, Conn.) followed Walker with five strong innings of work, allowing one run on three hits while striking out two. Sophomore Raphael Pineda earned the winning decision for Texas A&M improving to 2-0 overall. He allowed two runs on five hits in seven innings pitched. In all, Holy Cross scored two runs on six hits while the Aggies notched eight runs on nine hits. Neither team committed an error in the game.
Holy Cross returns to action on Saturday, March 3, competing in the Campbell Invitational Tournament, hosted by Campbell. The Crusaders will first face North Carolina Central at 11:30 a.m. All games will be held on Taylor Field in Buies Creek, N.C.