SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Holy Cross senior Patrick Puentes (East Greenbush, N.Y.) went 2-for-4 as the Crusaders lost to Cal Poly, 6-1, in non-conference baseball action this evening at Baggett Stadium. With the win, the Mustangs improve to 10-1 on the season, while Holy Cross slips to 1-7 overall.
Cal Poly struck first in the bottom of the first inning with a pair of runs by Denver Chavez and Elliot Stewart to grab the early 2-0 advantage. Normally the team's closer, Holy Cross pitcher John Colella (Herndon, Va.) got the start for the Crusaders as he lasted two innings and only allowed the pair of runs in the first. The Mustangs scored in the bottom of the fourth inning on an RBI-double by David Armendariz to plate Alex Michaels and give Cal Poly the 3-0 advantage.
Holy Cross scored its lone run on the contest in the top of the fifth inning. Senior catcher Stephen Wadsworth (Wayland, Mass.) started the inning with a single to left field and advanced to third on a base hit during the next at-bat by junior Andrew Barry (Puyallup, Wash.). Barry, however, was thrown out trying the stretch the single down the left field line into a double. Sophomore outfielder Evan Ocello (Camarillo, Calif.) singled in the next at-bat to plate Wadsworth and cut the deficit to 3-1. However, the Crusaders rally came to a halt as Cal Poly starter Kyle Brueggemann ended the frame with back-to-back strikeouts.
Cal Poly put up a crooked number in the sixth inning to ultimately put the game away. Nick Torres, Chris Hoo and Armendariz all scored for the Mustangs in the frame as Cal Poly went ahead 6-1. Holy Cross only had one hit over the final three innings as Cal Poly would claim the victory.
Colella (0-2) was charged with the loss as he allowed two earned runs and two hits, while striking out and walking one batter apiece. Holy Cross senior Andrew Boyce (Avon, Conn.) pitched two perfect innings of relief as he had one strikeout. Brueggemann (1-0) picked up the win for Cal Poly as he pitched 5.1 innings. He surrendered one run on five hits as he fanned four batters and issued two free passes. Mustangs' relief pitchers Taylor Chris and Chase Johnson pitched 3.2 scoreless innings and had a combined three strikeouts.
Cal Poly had eight hits in the contest, including five doubles, compared to six total for Holy Cross. The Crusaders left seven men on base as the Mustangs left five batters stranded. Holy Cross went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position.
The Crusaders and Mustangs will face off against each other again on Wednesday, March 6 with the first pitch at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time.