WORCESTER, Mass. – Senior Steve Tkowski (Bourne, Mass.) notched two doubles and five RBI, sparking seven unanswered runs as the Holy Cross baseball team earned a 8-2 victory over Hartford at Fitton Field. With the decision, the squad moves to 15-11 while the Hawks go to 7-19. Sophomore Mike Ahmed (East Longmeadow, Mass.) added three hits and scored two runs for the squad.
Hartford connected for the first run in the game in the top of the fourth, scoring on its fourth hit off of freshman starter Donny Murray (Walpole, Mass.) to go ahead 1-0. Tkowski answered the Hawks' run with his first double in the bottom half of the fourth, sending home fellow senior Chris Sintetos (Bethesda, Md.) who walked to reach base as Holy Cross tied the score 1-1. The Hawks took a 2-1 lead in the top of the fifth, connecting on a RBI single. Murray finished the inning strong as Hartford flied out twice to end the inning with runners on first and second.
The Crusaders rallied for two runs on two hits in the bottom of the fifth to take their first lead of the game, 3-2. The squad loaded the bases and picked up two sacrifice flies from Tkowski and junior Jordan Enos (Stockton, Calif.) as Ahmed and junior Alex Maldonado (Brooklyn, N.Y.) scored the runs. Murray was replaced in the top of the sixth by junior Andrew Boyce (Avon, Conn.) after giving up a double and tallying a strikeout. Boyce kept the Hawks from scoring as Holy Cross followed with a five-run bottom of the sixth, pulling ahead 8-2. Tkowski added a three-run, bases clearing double in the inning as Sintetos also tallied a bases loaded walk, securing a RBI.
The teams combined for two more hits in the seventh through ninth innings as Boyce worked through a total of 10 Hawks, collecting three strikeouts, including a strikeout looking to end the game. Boyce shut down the Hawks for three plus innings, helping Holy Cross finish ahead by the final 8-2 score.
Murray, who pitched a total of 5.1 innings, earns the win, improving to 2-0 on the season. He allowed two runs on eight hits and struck out two batters. Hartford's reliever, Zach Ferris, took home the loss, falling to 0-3 on the season. He allowed six earned runs on three hits and walked five batters in 1.2 innings of work. In all, Holy Cross scored eight runs on eight hits, committing one error while the Hawks scored two runs on nine hits, committing three errors.
The Crusaders welcome Marist tomorrow, April 4. Game time is set for 5:00 p.m. at Fitton Field. The squad will hold it's first-ever "Team IMPACT Day." For more information on the event, go here.