March 18, 2009
WORCESTER, Mass. - Sophomore Nick Ciardiello (Edison, N.J.) went 2-for-4 including a three-run homer to lead the Holy Cross baseball team to a 10-3 win over Siena on Wednesday afternoon at Fitton Field. With the win, Holy Cross improves to 3-11 on the season while the Saints fall to 2-15. Junior Matt Perry (Sudbury, Mass.) had a 2-for-4 day at the plate with a two-run home run and a double.
Holy Cross came out strong in the first inning as junior John Sills (Milton, Mass.) reached first on a single and then advanced to second when sophomore Eric Oxford (Danvers, Mass.) was hit by a pitch. A home run by Ciardiello put the Crusaders ahead, 3-0. Senior Jake Gorman (Norfolk, Mass.) hit a two-out single into left centerfield and then scored on a home run by Perry, making the score 5-0. Holy Cross rallied in three more runs in the bottom of the third inning as junior Tim Hughes (Andover, Mass.) hit a lead off single to left field and then scored on a double to left field by Perry. A two-out double down the right field line by sophomore Brendan McCrea (Hicksville, N.Y.) drove in Perry. Sophomore Jack Laurendeau (Sudbury, Mass.) doubled down the left field line, scoring McCrea, giving the Crusaders an 8-0 lead.
In the top of the fourth, Siena's Eric Mruczek picked up a leadoff walk for the Saints and then advanced to second on a balk. Siena's Gary DerHagopian scored Mruczek on a two-run home run to left field. Reaching on a fielder's choice, Nick Messinger advanced to second on a walk by William Cardona. The Saints' Anthony Giansanti singled to center field, scoring Messinger, making the score, 8-3.
Putting up one run in the bottom of the fifth and one in the bottom of the sixth inning, Holy Cross picked up its second home win of the season, 10-3.
Freshman Derek Klinka (Westford, Mass.) picked his first collegiate win, pitching two and 1/3 innings while giving up three hits and one walk. Ryan Poplawski (0-3) received the loss for the Saints, going two and 2/3 innings while giving up eight runs on nine hits and striking out one batter.
The Crusaders return to action on Friday, March 20, hosting Yale at 3:00 p.m.