BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Senior outfielder Chris Sintetos (Bethesda, Md.) belted out two hits and a team-best three RBI as the Holy Cross baseball team defeated North Carolina Central by a score of 7-1 in the first game of action at the Campbell Invitational Tournament at Taylor Field. With the decision, the squad improves to 2-2 while the Eagles drop to 1-10. A total of four Crusaders tallied multi hit games.
Holy Cross jumped out to 3-0 lead in the top of the first as junior Josh Olson (Woodbury, Minn.) doubled to right center for the first RBI hit, sending around sophomore Mike Ahmed (East Longmeadow, Mass.), who reached on a walk. With two runners on Sintetos doubled for the second hit, bringing Olson and junior Stephen Wadsworth (Wayland, Mass.) home. The Crusaders added two runs in the third as junior Jordan Enos (Stockton, Calif.) collected the team's third double of the day, scored Ahmed. Sintetos then collected his second RBI hit, scoring Enos on a single and giving the squad a 5-0 lead after three innings of action.
Senior starter Matt Croglio (Fayetteville, N.Y.) pitched four shut out innings before North Carolina Central got on the board in the bottom of the fifth. The Eagles tallied one run off three hits in the inning, scoring on a single to make it a 5-1 game. Neither team scored again until the top of the ninth as Holy Cross tallied two more runs to seal the victory. Maldonado picked up the first RBI, singling to center to send home sophomore Andrew Barry (Puyallup, Wash.), who led the inning off with a double. Sophomore Kyle Stearns (Orland Park, Ill.) completed the Crusaders' scoring efforts with a RBI double, scoring Maldonado.
Croglio, who pitched seven strong innings, picked up the win to improve to 1-0 on the season. He allowed the lone run on five hits, striking out six batters. He was replaced in the eighth by freshman Collin Manning (Charlotte, N.C.), making his collegiate debut on the mound. Central's Sam Fulmer picked up the loss, falling to 1-1 on the season. He allowed five runs on seven hits in six innings pitched. In all, Holy Cross scored seven runs on 12 hits while the Eagles notched one run on seven hits. Neither team committed an error in the game.
Holy Cross returns to action this afternoon, playing against tournament host Campbell. First pitch is set for 3:30 p.m. at Taylor Field.