BUIES CREEK, N.C. – The Holy Cross baseball team scattered four hits but no runs scored, dropping an 8-0 decision to Campbell in the final day of action at the Campbell Invitational Tournament at Taylor Field. With the decision, the squad moves to 2-4 on the season while the Camels go to 9-3. Junior Alex Maldonado (Brooklyn, N.Y.) put together two of the team's four hits, including the only extra base hit.
Campbell scored the only run in the first four innings to take a 1-0 lead, knocking out a home run in the bottom of the first. The Crusaders tallied one hit in the four innings as Maldonado doubled in the first at-bat of the game. Junior starter Tom Marra (Sea Cliff, N.Y.) settled in after giving up the home run, allowing just two hits in the second and third innings.
After collecting one hit but no runs in the top of the fifth, the Camels batted through the order in the bottom half of the inning, scoring five runs on six hits, chasing Marra from the mound to move ahead 7-0. Freshman lefty Jeremy Perron (Bradenton, Fla.) made his collegiate debut on the mound in the bottom half of the inning, getting the Camels to go down in order. Holy Cross continued to scatter hits but remained scoreless as Campbell added another run in the bottom of the seventh to take an 8-0 lead.
Marra picked up the loss in the affair, moving to a record of 0-1 on the season. He pitched 4.2 innings, giving up six runs on eight hits. Campbell's starter, Frank Zier pitched nine shutout innings in the win and improves to 2-0 on the season. In all, Holy Cross collected four hits but no runs and committed two errors while the Camels notched eight runs on 11 hits, making one error.
Holy Cross continues spring break action at Charlotte tomorrow, March 6. The Crusaders travel to play the 49ers for a 4:00 p.m. game at the Robert and Mariam Hayes Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.