HANOVER, N.H. – Junior Patrick Puentes (East Greenbush, N.Y.) tallied two hits and two runs on the day but could not boost the Holy Cross baseball team to a win as the squad dropped a 4-2 decision to Ivy League opponent Dartmouth at Biondi Park. With the decision, the squad moves to 18-15 while the Big Green go to 9-14. Freshman Donny Murray (Walpole, Mass.) pitched six strong innings in the start for the Crusaders, letting up just one run in the no decision.
Dartmouth tallied the only run after the first three innings, skying a solo home run off of Murray in the bottom of the second to take a 1-0 lead. Puentes followed with a single and run scored in the top of the fourth, scoring on a sacrifice fly by senior Steve Tkowski (Bourne, Mass.) to knot the score at 1-1. Puentes continued his hot hitting in the top of the sixth, knocking out his first home run of the season over the right center field fence to give Holy Cross a 2-1 edge.
Murray settled in nicely on the mound, allowing just one hit from the third through sixth innings. Freshman Collin Manning (Charlotte, N.C.) came in to pitch for Murray in the seventh and gave up one walk and one hit to two of the four batters he faced before being replaced by junior John Colella (Herndon, Va.) with one out. The Big Green capitalized on the base runners, scoring three runs on three hits to end the bottom of the seventh ahead 4-2. Sophomore Brandon Cipolla (Abington, Mass.) added a two out double in the top of the ninth but could not score as Holy Cross scattered a total of two hits after the sixth inning. With the final out, the Crusaders fell by the final 4-2 tally.
Manning brings home the losing decision, falling to 1-1 on the season. He threw 1/3 of an inning, giving up two runs on one hit. Dartmouth's reliever, Max Langford, earned the winning decision, improving to 1-1. He threw 1.1 innings allowing one hit total. Thomas Olson tallied the save in his outing, his third of the season, allowing one hit in one inning of work. In all, Holy Cross scored two runs on seven hits while the Big Green scored four runs on six hits, committing one error.
The Crusaders continue their travels to Annapolis, Md. this upcoming weekend. Navy plays host to Holy Cross for a four-game series beginning with a doubleheader on Saturday, April 14. First pitch of game one is set for 12:00 p.m. at Max Bishop Stadium.