LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. – Siena third baseman Justin Esquerra and catcher Dave Hoffman each had three hits apiece to help lead the Saints to a 14-8 win over Holy Cross in non-conference baseball action on Wednesday afternoon at Siena Field. With the win, the Saints improve to 14-24 overall, while the Crusaders fall to 12-28 on the season.
Holy Cross scored the first run of the game in the opening frame, as junior Evan Ocello (Camarillo, Calif.) crossed home on a ground out by classmate Jack St. Clair (Newton, Mass.) to give the Crusaders the 1-0 lead. Siena put up a run in both the first and second innings to gain the 2-1 lead.
Holy Cross grabbed the lead back in the top of the fourth inning. Crusader senior Brandon Cipolla (Abington, Mass.) drew a walk and scored two batters later on a two-run home run by classmate Andrew Barry (Puyallup, Wash.) to give Holy Cross the 3-2 edge. The homer was Barry's first of the season and the second of his career.
Siena answered, however, with four runs in the bottom of the fourth to gain the 6-3 lead. Holy Cross cut the deficit to a pair with a run in the top of the sixth to make the score 6-4. Cipolla drove in sophomore Nick Lovullo (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) on an RBI-single for the fourth run of the game. The Saints offense erupted for six runs on eight hits in the bottom of the sixth inning to grab the 12-4 advantage.
Holy Cross countered with four runs in the top of the seventh inning to make the score 12-8. Sophomore Bobby Indeglia (North Kingstown, R.I.), Lovullo, St. Clair and Cipolla all scored during the frame. Siena added two more runs in the bottom of the eighth to make the score its final, 14-8.
Siena relief pitcher Jim Meindl picked up the win (1-1), as he tossed one inning and allowed two runs on one hit. Crusader freshman starter Joe Cravero (Hanover, N.H.) was charged with the loss (0-1), as he surrendered three runs on three hits over three innings pitched.
Ocello, Lovullo, Cipolla and Barry all had two hits each, as the Saints outhit Holy Cross, 16-8. The Crusaders left nine runners on base, compared to eight for Siena.
Holy Cross returns to action on Saturday, April 26, when it will travel to Lewisburg, Pa. to take on Bucknell in a doubleheader beginning at 12:00 p.m.