March 7, 2012

Crusaders Drop 16-4 Decision At #19 Clemson

CLEMSON, S.C. – The Holy Cross baseball team combined for 13 hits off six Clemson pitchers in nine innings but was dealt a 16-4 loss against No. 19 Clemson at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. With the decision, the squad moves to 3-5 on the season while the Tigers go to 6-4. Three players had multiple hits on the day as juniors Stephen Wadsworth (Wayland, Mass.), Jordan Enos (Stockton, Calif.) and sophomore Andrew Barry (Puyallup, Wash.) collected two hits a apiece.

The Crusaders scored the first run of the game in the first inning. Junior Alex Maldonado (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and sophomore Brandon Cipolla (Abington, Mass.) led off with back-to-back singles before sophomore Mike Ahmed (East Longmeadow, Mass.) followed with a double-play RBI, sneaking Maldonado home before the second out. The Tigers countered the score with a sacrifice fly in the bottom half of the first, tying the score at 1-1. Clemson's Jon McGibbon gave his team a 3-1 advantage in the next inning, knocking out a two-run home run off sophomore starter Nate Walker (San Diego, Calif.).

The Tigers scored runs in the third, fourth, fifth and sixth innings to jump ahead 10-1 as juniors John Colella (Herndon, Va.) and Andrew Boyce (Avon, Conn.) and freshman Collin Manning (Charlotte, N.C.) made appearances on the mound for the Crusaders. Holy Cross broke through for three runs on four hits in the seventh inning to shrink the lead to 10-4. Cipolla sent home senior Chris Sintetos (Bethesda, Md.) for the first run on a RBI single after Sintetos led the inning off with a single. Maldonado then picked up a RBI groundout, scoring sophomore Kyle Stearns (Orland Park, Ill.) who doubled in his at-bat. Cipolla rounded the bases for the final run, scoring on a Clemson throwing error.

Clemson's offense continued to bang out runs as the Tigers added three runs in both the seventh and eighth innings. Wadsworth tallied his second hit of the game in the eighth while Barry finished the team's effort with his second hit in the ninth. No more runs came across, however, as Holy Cross fell by the final 16-4 tally.

Holy Cross used a total of six pitchers on the day with Walker picking up the losing decision. He drops to 0-3 on the season after allowing four runs on two hits in two innings pitched. Manning pitched a solid 1.2 innings from the mound in relief, allowing no runs to score and striking out one Tiger. Clemson's starter, David Haselden, tallied his first win of the season to go to 1-0. He pitched five innings, allowing one run on six hits and struck out two. In all, Holy Cross collected four runs on 13 hits while the Tigers notched 16 runs on 16 hits, making two errors.

Holy Cross will take a one day break before traveling to Winthrop for a three-game set over the weekend. The first game of the series will take place on Friday, March 9 at 6:00 p.m. All games in the series will be held at the Winthrop Ballpark in Rock Hill, S.C.