Baseball Splits Sunday’s Doubleheader At Navy

Anthony Critelli

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Holy Cross freshman third baseman Anthony Critelli (Holmdel, N.J.) combined to hit 3-for-7 with two runs, a pair of doubles and two runs batted in, as the Crusaders split a doubleheader with Navy in Patriot League baseball action on Sunday afternoon at Max Bishop Stadium. The Midshipmen won the first contest, 3-1, while the Crusaders earned the 6-3 victory in the game two. Holy Cross advances its record to 10-17 overall and 3-3 in the league, while Navy is now 16-17 on the season and 2-6 in the conference.

Game 1: Navy 3, Holy Cross 1

Navy scored a run in the bottom of the first inning to gain the 1-0 lead. Holy Cross was held hitless until freshman first baseman Bill Schlich (Massapequa, N.Y.) singled in the top of the third inning. The Crusaders tied the contest at 1-1 in the top half of the fourth. Holy Cross sophomore shortstop Nick Lovullo (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) led off the inning with a single and moved over to third on a base knock by senior outfielder Brandon Cipolla (Abington, Mass.). After junior designated hitter Jack St. Clair (Newton, Mass.) walked to load the bases, Critelli grounded out to score Lovullo and knot the score at 1-1.

Navy added a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, as first baseman Kash Manzelli hit a two-RBI double to give the Mids the 3-1 lead. Holy Cross tried to put together a rally in the top of the seventh inning. Critelli led off the inning with a single, and moved over to second two batters later on a single by Schlich. After Navy recorded the second out of the frame, sophomore outfielder Bobby Indeglia (North Kingstown, R.I.) walked to load the bases. Navy starting pitcher Luke Gillingham was able to strikeout the next batter to clinch the victory for the Mids.

Gillingham picked up his first win of the season (1-4), as he tossed a seven-inning complete game, allowing one run on five hits, while fanning 12 batters. Holy Cross junior starter Donny Murray (Walpole, Mass.) was charged with the loss (2-3), as he surrendered three runs (two earned) on five hits, while striking out five in six innings pitched.

Schlich was the only Crusaders to record multiple hits going 2-for-3, as both teams had five hits apiece.

Game 2: Holy Cross 6, Navy 3

The Crusaders grabbed the early lead in the top of the first inning. Junior outfielder Evan Ocello (Camarillo, Calif.) was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. He then stole second and third base over the next two at bats and scored three batters later on a double by St. Clair for the 1-0 lead. The Crusaders added another run in the top of the second inning. With two outs, Critelli doubled to left field. He scored during the next at bat on an RBI-single by Indeglia to give the Crusaders the 2-0 lead.

After three scoreless innings by both teams, Holy Cross grabbed the 4-0 lead in the top of the sixth inning. Barry began the rally with a one-out infield single. Critelli then drove in Barry on an RBI-double down the left-field line and scored later in the inning on a wild pitch to give the Crusaders the four-run lead.

Navy tallied a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh inning and one run in the eighth inning to slice the deficit to 4-3. Holy Cross, however, added two insurance runs in the top of the ninth inning to make the score its final, 6-3. Schlich drove in Cipolla for the inning's first run on an RBI-single. Barry then plated freshman catcher Connor Perry (Haverhill, Mass.) on  a double to give the Crusaders the three-run victory.

Holy Cross senior starting pitcher Nate Walker (San Diego, Calif.) picked up the win (2-2), as he tossed seven innings and allowed three runs on 11 hits with zero walks and five punchouts. Crusaders freshman closer Jon Escobar (Inverness, Ill.) earned his third save of the season with two scoreless innings pitched. Escobar allowed two hits and one walk, while fanning two batters. Navy starter George Coughlin was charged with the loss (2-4), as he surrendered two runs on four hits in 4.2 innings pitched.

Critelli batted 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI, while Indeglia (2-for-4, one RBI) and Barry (2-for-5, one run, one RBI) also had multiple hits. Navy outhit the Crusaders 13-10 in game two.

The Crusaders return to action on Tuesday, April 8, as they will host Central Connecticut at 5:00 p.m.