WORCESTER, Mass. – Senior Stephen Wadsworth (Wayland, Mass.) went 2-for-4 with three runs, as the Crusaders defeated Anna Maria, 15-2 in non-conference baseball action on Saturday afternoon at Fitton Field. With the win, Holy Cross advances to 26-23 on the season, while Anna Maria falls to 15-20 overall.
Anna Maria started off the first inning with a 1-0 lead, but that would be short lived. The Crusaders came back in the bottom of the first with a run by sophomore Evan Ocello (Camarillo, Calif.). The Crusaders added a run in the second inning before they scored four in the bottom of the third inning. With two runners on base, junior Mike Ahmed (East Longmeadow, Mass.) singled to left field to score senior Patrick Puentes (East Greenbush, N.Y.). Senior Jordan Enos (Stockton, Calif.) scored on a wild pitch during the next at bat to make the score 4-1. Ahmed scored on a fielder's choice and Cipolla crossed home later in the frame to give the Crusaders a 6-1 lead.
After a scoreless fourth inning by both teams, Wadsworth scored his second run of the game to give the Crusaders a 7-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning. In the sixth, Holy Cross pushed across four runs as Puentes, Ahmed, junior Brandon Cipolla (Abington, Mass.), and Wadsworth all scored to give the Crusaders an 11-1 advantage. Freshman Bobby Indeglia (North Kingstown, R.I.) drove in his second RBI of the game during the bottom of the sixth.
With two outs in the seventh inning, freshman Nick Lovullo (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) was hit by a pitch and Cipolla was walked, which put runners on first and second. Freshman Connor Perry (Haverhill, Mass.) singled through the right side to score Lovullo and make the score 12-1.
In the bottom half of the eighth, the Crusaders added three more runs to their lead. Senior Alex Maldonado (Brooklyn, N.Y.) led off with a triple and two batters later, junior Ted Cullinane (East Greenwich, R.I.) was walked to put runners on the corners. During the next at bat, senior Josh Olson (Woodbury, Minn.) pinch hit and singled through the right side to score Maldonado. Two batters later, Lovullo grounded into a fielder's choice to score Cullinane. Cipolla drove in Olson on an RBI-single to end the scoring for the Crusaders, who were now ahead 15-1. Anna Maria scored its final run in the top of the ninth, as the Crusaders would go on to win 15-2.
Holy Cross sophomore pitcher Donny Murray (Walpole, Mass.) picked up the win (6-3), as he tossed two perfect innings and struck out four batters. Holy Cross pitched seven pitchers in all and allowed only six hits in the outing with 12 combined strikeouts. Anna Maria pitcher Lucas Davis earned the loss (2-3), as he surrendered six runs and three hits over three innings pitched.
Six Holy Cross batters had multiple hits as the Crusaders outhit Anna Maria 18-6.
Holy Cross returns to action on Saturday, May 11 when it will host Bucknell for a Patriot League semifinal doubleheader at 1:00 p.m. at Fitton Field.