WORCESTER, Mass. – The Holy Cross baseball team combined for a total of seven hits in doubleheader action with Columbia, falling in both games 6-0 and 3-1 at Fitton Field. With the decision, the squad moves to 8-7 on the season while the Lions go to 3-11. Two players collected multi-hit days as sophomore Mike Ahmed (East Longmeadow, Mass.) and senior Chris Sintetos (Bethesda, Md.) each picked up two hits.
Columbia got its offense going early as junior Nick Ferraresi knocked out a two-run home run to put the Lions up 2-0 in the top of the first inning. Senior starter Nate Koneski (North Dighton, Mass.) then settled down on the mound, allowing just three additional hits through the sixth inning. The Crusader offense tallied three hits in the first six innings, all singles with Ahmed earning two of them. The Lions tacked on three runs on three hits and capitalized on a fielding error in the top of the sixth inning, chasing Koneski from the mound and moving ahead 5-0. Freshman Donny Murray (Walpole, Mass.) replaced Koneski, making his fifth appearance on the season. After a hitless sixth inning for Holy Cross, Columbia rounded out the day's scoring with one additional run in the top of the sixth. Junior Stephen Wadsworth (Wayland, Mass.) added the team's final hit in the bottom of the seventh, but could not come around to score. With the scoreless inning, Holy Cross fell by the 6-0 final in game one.
Koneski picked up the loss in the game, dropping to 1-2 on the season. He threw 5.1 innings, allowing four runs, two earned, on six hits and struck out eight batters. Columbia's starter, Pat Lowery, tallied the win, going to 1-3 overall on the year. He pitched the seven inning complete game, shutting out the Crusaders and struck out seven. In all, Holy Cross came up with four hits, committing one error while the Lions scored six runs on 11 hits.
After a scoreless first and second innings, Columbia took the first edge in the game, 2-0, in the top of the third. Ferraresi put the Lions on the board again, tallying his second two-run home run of the day. Sintetos broke up Columbia starter Tim Giel's no-hit bid in the fifth, singling to right field. The offense couldn't send him around as Columbia remained ahead 2-0 through the sixth inning. Senior starter Matt Croglio (Fayetteville, N.Y.) allowed just one more hit through the sixth inning before Columbia added its third run on a RBI double with two outs in the top of the seventh. Junior Andrew Boyce (Avon, Conn.) worked out of a bases loaded jam, striking out the final batter to keep Columbia from scoring again.
Sintetos tallied his second hit in the bottom of the eighth, doubling to get into scoring position. After a pitching change, Holy Cross loaded the bases with two consecutive walks. Junior Alex Maldonado (Brooklyn, N.Y.) collected the third straight walk to send Sintetos home, collecting the RBI and made it a 3-1 game. Boyce shut out the Lions in the ninth as Holy Cross couldn't find a way to rally in the bottom half, falling by the final 3-1 tally.
Croglio picked up the loss, dropping to 1-2 overall on the season. He pitched 6.2 innings, allowing three runs on eight hits and struck out three. Giel earned the win, improving to 1-1 on the season. He pitched seven innings full, allowing one run on three hits struck out three. Columbia's reliever, David Spinosa tallied the save in the affair, collecting the team's first save on the season. In all, Holy Cross scored one run on three hits, while the Lions scored three runs on eight hits. Neither team made an error in the outing.
Holy Cross welcomes Stony Brook to Fitton Field for doubleheader action tomorrow, March 25. The first game begins at 1:00 p.m. at Fitton Field in Worcester, Mass. To all those attending the 2012 Junior Day on March 25, the event will now take place on Sunday, April 29 due to the impending rain in tomorrow's forecast.