WORCESTER, Mass. – Central Connecticut's Josh Ingham went 3-for-5 with one run, a double and two runs batted in to help lead the visiting Blue Devils to a 6-4 victory over Holy Cross in non-conference baseball action on Tuesday evening at Fitton Field. With the win, Central Connecticut improves to 10-9 on the season, while the Crusaders fall to 10-18 overall.
After a scoreless first inning, the Blue Devils tallied the game's first run in the top of the second to grab the 1-0 lead. Central Connecticut added another run in the third inning, before it tacked on three more scores in the top of the fourth to go on top 5-0. Holy Cross, however, responded with two runs in the bottom of the fourth. Crusader senior Andrew Barry (Puyallup, Wash.) drove in junior Jack St. Clair (Newton, Mass.) on an RBI-single to make the score 5-1. Holy Cross freshman Alex Voitik (Shorewood, Ill.) then scored classmate Anthony Critelli (Holmdel, N.J.) on an groundout to cut the deficit to 5-2.
The Crusaders slowly got back into the game with a run in both the seventh and eighth innings. In the seventh, sophomore Connor Perry (Haverhill, Mass.) hit a pinch-hit single through the left side to plate St. Clair and slice the margin to 5-3. St. Clair then drove in junior Evan Ocello (Camarillo, Calif.) on an RBI-single in the bottom of the eighth to make it a one-run game (5-4). The Blue Devils, however, added an insurance run in the top of the ninth and held the Crusaders hitless in the bottom of the frame to earn the 6-4 victory.
Central Connecticut relief pitcher Dominic Severino earned the victory (2-2), as he tossed 2.1 scoreless innings and allowed one hit and three walks. Holy Cross freshman starter Justin Finan (Barrington, R.I.) was charged with the loss (2-2), as he allowed five runs (four earned) on six hits, while fanning three in 3.1 innings pitched. Ingham also came on and pitched 1.2 innings to close the game for the Blue Devils and record his fifth save of the season.
Holy Cross was led by St. Clair, who batted 2-for-2 with two runs, a double, a pair of walks and an RBI. The Blue Devils held the 13-7 advantage in total hits. The Crusaders left 13 runners on base in the game, compared to nine for Central Connecticut.
Holy Cross returns to action on Wednesday, April 9, when it will travel to Hanover, N.H. to take on Dartmouth at 3:00 p.m.