SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Holy Cross sophomore outfielder Evan Ocello (Camarillo, Calif.) went 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles as the Cruasders fell to San Diego, 17-2, in non-conference baseball action on Saturday evening at Fowler Park. With the win, the Toreros improve to 11-5 on the season, while the Crusaders fall to 1-10 overall.
San Diego began the contest's scoring with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning to lead 2-0. The Toreros added two more in the third inning and one in the fifth frame to push their edge to 5-0. Holy Cross only had two hits over the first five innings of the contest.
The Crusaders were able to break the scoring drought in the top of the sixth inning. With two runners on base, junior Brandon Cipolla (Abington, Mass.) hit a single to load up the bases. Holy Cross freshman Nick Lovullo (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) scored senior Patrick Puentes (East Greenbush, N.Y.) on a sacrifice fly to center field to make the score 5-1. However, the Toreros answered with five runs in the bottom of the sixth to make the score 10-1.
Holy Cross scored another run in the seventh inning to make the score 10-2 on a senior Mike Ahmed (East Longmeadow, Mass.) sacrifice fly which plated junior Andrew Barry (Puyallup, Wash.). However, San Diego again struck for five more runs in the bottom half of the seventh, which made the score 15-2. The Toreros scored two more in the eighth inning as they would go on to win, 17-2.
San Diego starter Louie Lechich (1-0) picked up the win, as he went five innings and allowed one unearned run. He walked three batters and fanned six. Holy Cross' Tom Marra (Sea Cliff, N.Y.) was charged with the loss (0-3) as he pitched five frames and allowed five runs on six hits. He issued three free passes and struck out a trio of batters.
The Toreros outhit the Crusaders 19-6 in the contest with a home run and four doubles. Holy Cross left 11 runners on base compared to 10 by San Diego.
Holy Cross will return to action on Sunday, March 10 when it will play a doubleheader with St. Louis and Michigan at Fowler Park, beginning at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time.