ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Holy Cross sophomore shortstop Nick Lovullo (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) went 2-for-4 with three RBIs in game one, as the Crusaders split a doubleheader with Navy in Patriot League baseball action on Saturday afternoon at Max Bishop Stadium. Holy Cross won the first game 6-1, while Navy won the second game, 13-2. The Crusaders advance 9-16 overall and 2-2 in the league, while the Mids are now 15-16 on the season and 1-5 in the conference.
GAME 1: Holy Cross 6, Navy 1
The Mids struck first with a run in the bottom of the first inning to gain the 1-0 lead. After two scoreless innings by both teams, the Crusaders earned the lead in the top of the fourth. Holy Cross sophomore Connor Perry (Haverhill, Mass.) got the inning started with a single to right field. After freshman Bill Schlich (Massapequa, N.Y.) singled during the next at bat, senior Andrew Barry (Puyallup, Wash.) brought home Perry to tie the game at 1-1.
Two batters later, junior Evan Ocello (Camarillo, Calif.) waked to load the bases. Lovullo then brought in Schlich and Barry on a two-RBI single to left field to make the score 3-1. Holy Cross junior Jack St. Clair (Newton, Mass.) ended the scoring with and RBI-single to score Ocello and give the Crusaders the 4-1 lead.
Holy Cross added a run in both the sixth and seventh inning to make the score its final, 6-1. Senior Brandon Cipolla (Abington, Mass.) hit an RBI-triple to score sophomore Bobby Indeglia (North Kingstown, R.I.) in the sixth inning, while Lovullo plated Schlich on a bases-loaded walk in the seventh frame.
Holy Cross freshman reliever George Capen (Gainesville, Va.) picked up his first collegiate win (1-0), as he tossed 2.2 scoreless innings allowing only one hit and one walk. Navy starter Stephen Moore was charged with the loss (2-4), as he surrendered four runs on seven hits in 3.2 innings pitched.
In addition to Lovullo, Cipolla (2-for-3, one RBI), Perry (2-for-4, one run) and Indeglia (2-for-4, one run) all had multiple hits, as the Crusaders held the 12-4 lead in hits.
GAME 2: Navy 13, Holy Cross 2
In the second game, Navy grabbed the early lead with one run in the bottom of the first inning. The Crusaders responded in the top half of the second to tie the game at 1-1. Perry got the rally going with a one-out double and scored during the next at bat on a RBI-double by Schlich.
Holy Cross earned the 2-1 lead in the top of the third inning. With two outs, Cipolla doubled into the right-center gap and scored on an RBI-single by St. Clair up the middle. Navy, however, exploded for 11 runs in the top of the sixth inning to gain the 12-2 advantage. During the surge, the Mids tallied seven hits and brought 15 batters to the plate in the frame. Navy added one final run in the bottom of the seventh inning to make the score its final, 13-2.
Holy Cross junior pitcher Collin Manning (Charlotte, N.C.) was charged with the loss (0-1), as he allowed two runs in one inning pitched. Navy starting pitcher Anthony Parenti picked up the win (6-2), as he allowed two runs on two hits with five strikeouts.
Navy held the 14-7 advantage in the hitting department in game two.
The two teams return to action on Sunday, April 6, as they will conclude the four-game series with a doubleheader at Max Bishop Stadium beginning at 12:00 p.m.