Baseball Drops Contest At Cal Poly, 11-6

Andrew Barry

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Holy Cross junior Andrew Barry (Puyallup, Wash.) went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBIs, as the Crusaders fell to Cal Poly, 11-6, in non-conference baseball action this evening at Baggett Stadium. With the win, the Mustangs improve to 11-1 overall, while Holy Cross slips to 1-8 on the season.

In addition to Barry for Holy Cross, seniors Jordan Enos (Stockton, Calif.) and Stephen Wadsworth (Wayland, Mass.) each had a pair of hits in the contest as Enos also drove home two runners.

Cal Poly scored a run in the bottom of the first on an RBI-double by Nick Torres to gain the 1-0 lead. Holy Cross countered with a pair of scores in the top of the second inning. With one out in the frame, Enos hit a base-knock through the left side. Wadsworth singled on the next at-bat to put runners on first and second. After a strikeout, Barry ripped a double to left center to score both Enos and Wadsworth and give Holy Cross the 2-1 lead. However, the Mustangs scored a run in the bottom of the second to knot the score at 2-2.

In the top half of the third inning, the Crusaders broke the tie with three runs. Senior Alex Maldonado (Brooklyn, N.Y.) led off the frame with a single up the middle. Freshman infielder Nick Lovullo (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) was hit by a pitch during the next at-bat and senior outfielder Patrick Puentes (East Greenbush, N.Y.) reached on a fielding error to load up the bases.

After junior outfielder Brandon Cipolla (Abington, Mass.) walked to bring home Maldonado, Enos hit a single through the left side to plate Lovullo and Puentes to give HC the 5-2 advantage. After Wadsworth loaded the bases with a fielder's choice, Cal Poly managed to get three consecutive outs without surrendering any runs to maintain the three-run deficit.

The Mustangs answered with six runs in the bottom of the third to grab the 8-5 lead. Cal Poly's Denver Chavez hit a bases-clearing three-run triple to right center to begin the rally for the Mustangs.

After two scoreless innings by both teams, Cal Poly scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth to go on top, 11-5.

Holy Cross scored one more run in the game, in the top of the seventh, as sophomore Jack St. Clair (Newton, Mass.) scored on an error by the catcher to make the score 11-6. However, the Crusaders could only come up with a pair of hits over the final two innings, as the Mustangs would win the contest.

Holy Cross junior Mike Ahmed (East Longmeadow, Mass.) was charged with the loss (1-1) as he surrendered three runs in only 0.2 innings of work. Cal Poly's Danny Zandona picked up the win (2-0) as he pitched three scoreless innings of relief and gave up two hits. Crusader sophomore relief pitchers Ryan Filipowicz (Yardley, Pa.) and Donny Murray (Walpole, Mass.) as well as freshman Colin Brown (Sonoma, Calif.) each pitched a scoreless inning for Holy Cross.

Cal Poly held the 14-11 advantage in the hitting department, as it also left 15 men on base compared to Holy Cross with 10. The Crusaders batted 4-of-16 with runners in scoring position.

Holy Cross will return to action on Thursday, March 07, when it will take on Michigan in the San Diego Tournament held at the University of San Diego. First pitch will be at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.