WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross senior outfielder Patrick Puentes (East Greenbush, N.Y.) combined to go 3-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI to help lead the Crusaders to a sweep of Brown, 7-0 and 1-0, in non-conference baseball action on Wednesday afternoon at Fitton Field. With the victories, Holy Cross improves to 18-20 overall, while the Bears slip to 3-26 on the season.
In the first game of the doubleheader, Holy Cross wasted no time as it pushed across a pair of runs in the bottom of the first half to gain the 2-0 lead. Holy Cross sophomore outfielder Evan Ocello (Camarillo, Calif.) was hit by a pitch to lead off the frame and swiped second base two batters later. During that at-bat, Puentes drove in the Ocello on an RBI-single through the left side, as he advanced to second base on the throw. Puentes later scored in the frame on a RBI-single by senior catcher/first baseman Stephen Wadsworth (Wayland, Mass.).
After two scoreless innings by both teams, Holy Cross was able to put up a crooked number in the bottom half of the fourth. Senior outfielder Josh Olson (Woodbury, Minn.) led off the inning with a walk and moved over to second as junior third baseman Mike Ahmed (East Longmeadow, Mass.) was hit by a pitch during the next at bat. Two batters later, senior shortstop Alex Maldonado (Brooklyn, N.Y.) scored Olson on a base hit into right field to make the score 3-0. Ocello plated Ahmed during in the next at-bat on an RBI-single to the shortstop, as the Crusaders went ahead 6-0 on a two-RBI double by junior second baseman Andrew Barry (Puyallup, Wash.), to plate Maldonado and Ocello.
Holy Cross tacked on one more run in the bottom of the fifth, as Maldonado hit into a fielder's choice to score Ahmed and make the score its final, 7-0.
Crusaders junior starting pitcher Nate Walker (San Diego, Calif.) picked up the win (2-1), as he tossed five scoreless innings and allowed three hits and no walks, while he fanned three batters. Senior George Perrotta (East Chester, N.Y.) pitched two shutout innings of relief and allowed one hit and one walk to go along with a pair of strikeouts. Brown starter Kevin Carlow was charged with the loss (0-6) as he went one inning and surrendered a pair of hits and earned runs.
Holy Cross held the 9-4 advantage in hits, as Ocello and Puentes each had multi-hit games for the Crusaders. Ocello and Ahmed also crossed home a pair of times in the contest.
During the second game of the twinbill, both teams' pitching proved tough as the score remained at 0-0 through the top of the sixth inning. However, Holy Cross was able to break the stalemate in the bottom half of the sixth. Puentes led off the frame with a two-bagger down the left field line as junior Brandon Cipolla (Abington, Mass.) came in to pinch run for him. After Cipolla moved over to third on a wild pitch, Wadsworth lined a single through the middle to plate Cipolla and give the Crusaders their first lead of the game at 1-0. Prior to this half inning, Holy Cross had three hits in the contest, while Brown had four base knocks.
Holy Cross senior pitcher Andrew Boyce (Avon, Conn.) finished up the game and earned the win (3-4) going two innings out of the bullpen. He did not allow any hits, while he walked and struck out one batter apiece. Crusaders sophomore starting pitcher Jeremy Perron (Bradenton, Fla.) did not earn a decision, but went five strong and allowed no runs on four hits, while striking out four batters. He also did not allow a hit over the first three innings of the contest. Brown pitcher Austin French was credited with the loss (0-3) as he surrendered one earned run and two hits over 2.1 innings pitched.
Holy Cross held the slim 5-4 edge in hits as no Crusaders had multiple hits in the game.
The Crusaders return to action on Saturday, April 20, when they will host Lehigh in a Patriot League doubleheader at Fitton Field beginning at 1:00 p.m.