WORCESTER, Mass. – Junior Mike Ahmed (East Longmeadow, Mass.) went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer as the Crusaders dropped a game against Siena on Wednesday evening at Fitton Field. With the loss, Holy Cross falls to 22-21 on the season, while Siena's record increases to 18-22 overall.
Siena held a 5-0 lead entering the bottom of the sixth inning. With one out in the bottom of the sixth, senior Patrick Puentes (East Greenbush, N.Y.) singled to center and classmate Jordan Enos (Stockton, Calif.) moved him to second on a walk. Still with one out and runners on first and second, Ahmed singled through the left side to load the bases. Two batters later, freshman Connor Perry (Haverhill, Mass.) drew a walk to bring in Puentes and cut the deficit to 5-1. However, with two outs and the bases loaded, the Crusaders could not rally any further.
The Saints tacked on two more runs in each the seventh and the eighth innings bringing the score to 9-1. In the bottom of the eighth inning, the Crusaders looked to rally as Enos led off the inning reaching on an error. The next at bat, Ahmed homered over the left field wall to bring the Crusaders two runs closer to the Saints. Junior Brandon Cipolla (Abington, Mass.) followed with a double to right center and Perry scored him on a single to left center for the final run of the rally to make the score 9-4. Siena walked sophomore Jack St. Clair (Newton, Mass.) to put runners on first and second.
Two batters later in the bottom of the eighth, sophomore Evan Ocello (Camarillo, Calif.) singled up the middle to load the bases with one out, but back-to-back outs ended the Crusaders run in the eighth. Neither team could plate a run in the ninth inning as each team left a pair of runners on base, finalizing the score at 9-4.
Holy Cross senior starting pitcher Chris Kono (Greenwich, Conn.) was charged with the loss (3-1) as he pitched two innings and allowed two earned runs on four hits. Holy Cross pitched nine pitchers as freshman Sean Gustin (Stoneham, Mass.), senior Andrew Boyce (Avon, Conn.) and freshman Colin Brown (Sonoma, Calif.) combined for three hitless innings. Gustin struck out two batters in his 1.1 innings pitched. Rick Morales earned the win for the Saints advancing his record to 2-2.
Ahmed went 3-for-4, and Ocello and Cipolla each went 2-for-4. Perry and Ahmed each recorded two RBIs on the night as Holy Cross outhit Siena 13-12.
Holy Cross concludes Patriot League regular season play at Army with two double headers on April 27 and 28 in West Point, N.Y.