WORCESTER, Mass. – Army shortstop Andrew Jensen combined to bat 4-for-6 with two doubles, a home run and three RBIs to help lead the Black Knights to a pair of victories over Holy Cross, 5-1 and 3-0, in Patriot League baseball action on Sunday afternoon at Fitton Field. With the wins, Army improves to 27-12 overall and 11-4 in the league, while the Crusaders fall to 11-27 on the season and 3-11 in the conference.
GAME 1: Army 5, Holy Cross 1
The Black Knights struck early in the top of the first inning, as they scored three runs off of three Holy Cross errors to gain the 3-0 lead. The Crusaders gained one run back in the bottom half of the first inning, as senior Brandon Cipolla (Abington, Mass.) scored junior Evan Ocello (Camarillo, Calif.) on a sacrifice fly to make the score 3-1.
Army added a run in the top of the fourth, as Jensen hit his third home run of the season over the left field fence to increase the lead to 4-1. Holy Cross had a chance to score in the bottom of the fifth, as Ocello and senior Andrew Barry (Puyallup, Wash.) reached base with two outs, but Army was able get the third out of the inning.
The Black Knights scored their final run of the contest in the top of the sixth inning, as Jon Crucitti plated Jacob Page on an RBI-single to make the score its final, 5-1. In the bottom of the sixth, the Crusaders had runners on first and second with one out, as Cipolla and junior Jack St. Clair (Newton, Mass.) each had base knocks. Army starting pitcher Gunnar Carroll, however, retired the next two batters in order to preserve the lead for the Black Knights.
Carroll picked up the win, (7-1), as he pitched the complete seven inning game and allowed one run on seven hits, while fanning four batters. Holy Cross freshman starter Ben White (Holden, Mass.) was charged with the loss (0-3), as he surrendered five runs (two earned) on four hits with five punchouts in 5.2 innings pitched.
Barry led the Crusaders in the first game with a 2-for-4 performance at the plate with a double, as the Crusaders held the 7-6 edge in total hits.
GAME 2: Army 3, Holy Cross 0
In the second game, Army again struck first in the top of the second inning, as Jensen scored Kris Linder on an RBI-double to give the Black Knights the 1-0 lead. Army tacked on another run in the top of the fourth, as Ben Smith plated Daniel Cortes on an RBI-single to make the score 2-0. Holy Cross only managed two hits over the first four frames.
The Black Knights scored the game's final run in the top of the eighth inning. Jensen drove in Page on a base knock through the left side to make the score 3-0. Holy Cross's only hit over the final five frames was a Barry single in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Army starting pitcher Brock Davidson earned the victory (4-1), as he pitched a nine-inning complete game shutout with three hits allowed and no walks to go along with seven strikeouts. Crusader freshman pitcher Phil Reese (Frederick, Md.) was charged with the loss (2-4), as he allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits in 5.2 innings pitched. Reese issued three walks and had four strikeouts.
Army held the 6-3 advantage in the hitting department and also left 11 runners on base compared to three for Holy Cross.
The Crusaders return to action on Tuesday, April 22, with a home contest versus Maine at 5:00 p.m.
In a brief pregame ceremony, Barry, Cipolla and classmate Nate Walker (San Diego, Calif.) were honored on "Senior Day" for their commitment to the baseball program over the past four seasons.
BARRY has appeared in 189 games and has made 185 starts. He has accumulated 155 hits in his career with 71 runs scored, 23 doubles and 77 runs batted in. He has played in the fourth most games in Holy Cross history, while his career starts total ranks third all time. He also holds the Holy Cross record for most sacrifice bunts in school history with 32 in his career. Barry also has the third most at bats in program history with 619. Named the team's most improved player in 2013 and the squad's rookie of the year in 2011, Barry will graduate in May with a degree in Political Science.
CIPOLLA has played in 175 games in his career with 145 starts. A career .303 hitter, he has totaled 156 hits, 99 runs, 39 doubles, 11 home runs and 86 runs batted in at Holy Cross. He has played in the fifth most games in Holy Cross history and his doubles total ranks sixth all time. Cipolla was named second team All-Patriot League in 2012 and 2013, while he is also a member of the Holy Cross Leadership Academy and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. In May, he will graduate with a degree in Political Science.
WALKER has appeared in 28 games and has made 17 starts on the mound in his career. He has tossed 91 and one-third innings as a Crusader with five wins, a pair of saves and 61 strikeouts. This season, he has set career-highs with seven games started and 23 strikeouts. Named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll in 2013, Walker will graduate in May with a degree in Economics.