WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross senior Andrew Barry (Puyallup, Wash.) went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, a double and one run batted in to help lead the Crusaders to a 9-0 victory over Brown in non-conference baseball action on Wednesday evening at Fitton Field. With the win, Holy Cross improves to 11-23 overall, while the Bears fall to 8-18 on the season.
After two scoreless innings by both teams, the Crusaders earned the 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning. With one out, junior Evan Ocello (Camarillo, Calif.) singled down the left-field line and moved over to second during the next at bat with his team-best 20th stolen base of the year. During that at bat, sophomore Nick Lovullo (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) hit a base knock to center field to put runners on the corners. After Lovullo stole second base, senior Brandon Cipolla (Abington, Mass.) drove in both runners on a single to give Holy Cross the 2-0 edge.
Holy Cross added a run in the fourth inning, as sophomore Bobby Indeglia (North Kingstown, R.I.) scored on a balk to make the score 3-0. The Crusaders doubled their lead in the bottom of the fifth with three runs in the frame. Cipolla led off the inning with a double in the left center gap and scored during the next at bat on an RBI-double by freshman Anthony Critelli (Holmdel, N.J.). Critelli moved over to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored two batters later on a wild pitch. Barry scored a run later in the inning on a throwing error by Brown to give the Crusaders the 6-0 lead.
Holy Cross' offense kept producing this time with a run in the seventh inning, as Barry scored on a groundout to make the score 7-0. In the bottom of the eighth, the Crusaders added the contest's two final runs. Critelli scored Lovullo on a sacrifice fly, while Barry plated freshman Quinn Moynihan (Worcester, Mass.) on an RBI-single up the middle to make the score its final, 9-0.
The Crusaders used seven pitchers in the nine inning combined shutout, as freshman reliever George Capen (Gainesville, Va.) picked up the victory (2-0). He tossed 1.2 scoreless innings with one hit and three punchouts. Freshman Justin Finan (Barrington, R.I.) pitched two innings with two hits and three strikeouts, while sophomore Sean Gustin (Stoneham, Mass.) tossed 1.1 perfect frames to end the game. Brown relief pitcher Jake Spezial was charged with the loss (0-1), as he allowed two runs and three hits in one inning pitched.
In addition to Barry for the Crusaders, Cipolla (2-for-4, one run, two RBIs) and Ocello (2-for-4, one run) had multiple hits, as Holy Cross held the 11-7 advantage in the hitting department. Brown left a total of 12 runners on base compared to 11 for the Crusaders.
Holy Cross returns to action on Saturday, April 19, with a home doubleheader with Army beginning at 2:00 p.m. The baseball team, in partnership with the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital's Home Base Program, will host Military Appreciation Day during the game. The Crusaders will wear commemorative jerseys that will be auctioned off after the twin bill. Production cost for each jersey is $60, with every dollar donated above that mark benefiting the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital's Home Base Program.