SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Holy Cross senior shortstop Alex Maldonado (Brooklyn, Mass.) went 2-for-4 for the Crusaders as they fell to Michigan, 6-3, in non-conference baseball action this afternoon at Fowler Park. With the win, Michigan improves to 6-6 on the season, while Holy Cross falls to 1-9 overall.
After a scoreless first by both teams, Michigan plated a pair of runs on a wild pitch and an error in the bottom of the second to go on top 2-0. Both teams combined for three hits and zero runs over the next two frames, as they would both cross home plate in the fifth inning.
Holy Cross sophomore outfielder Evan Ocello (Camarillo, Calif.) got things going in the fifth with a two-RBI double down the left field line to score junior second baseman Andrew Barry (Puyallup, Wash.) and freshman catcher Connor Perry (Haverhill, Mass.). Ocello later scored in the inning on an error to give the Crusaders the 3-2 edge. The lead, however, was short lived as the Wolverines tacked on two in the bottom of the fifth to go back on top, 4-3.
Michigan added two insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth to grab the 6-3 advantage. The Crusaders offense could not get anything going over the final three innings as they had two combined hits to close out the contest.
Holy Cross senior pitcher Andrew Boyce (Avon, Conn.) was charged with the loss (0-2) as he allowed three earned runs over 1.1 innings pitched. Michigan starter Ben Ballantine won his first contest of the year (1-0) with a six inning effort. He allowed three earned runs on four hits, while he fanned three batters. Holy Cross senior Conor Moynihan (Worcester, Mass.) pitched 2.1 scoreless innings of relief for the Crusaders as he only surrendered three hits.
Michigan doubled up Holy Cross in the hitting department (12-6), as it also left eight men in scoring position, compared to five for the Crusaders.
Holy Cross returns to action on Friday, March 8, when it will take on San Diego at Fowler Park with the first pitch at 9:30 p.m. Eastern Time.