March 20, 2009
WORCESTER, Mass. - Sophomore Eddie Bleiler (Sudbury, Mass.) went 2-for-4 with two RBI and one run scored to lead the Holy Cross baseball team to a 7-2 win over Yale on Friday afternoon at Fitton Field. With the win, Holy Cross improves to 4-11 on the season while the Bulldogs fall to 3-6.
Holy Cross struck first in the bottom of the second inning with sophomore Nick Ciardiello (Edison, N.J.) hitting a double down the left field line. Ciardiello then scored on a one-out single down the left field line by senior Billy Cupelo (Franklin, Mass.). After advancing to second on a ground out play, Cupelo scored for the Crusaders on a single to left field by Bleiler. Sophomore Brendan McCrea (Hicksville, N.Y.) put Holy Cross ahead, 4-0, scoring Bleiler on a home run to left field.
In the top of the fourth, the Bulldogs' Gant Elmore hit a lead off single and then advanced to third on a ground-rule double by Stefan Schropp. A double to centerfield by Trygg Larsson-Danforth scored Elmore and Schropp, making the score, 4-2.
Holy Cross rallied in three more runs in the bottom of the seventh as junior John Sills (Milton, Mass.) hit a lead off single and then stole second base. A walk by Oxford followed by a passed ball advanced both base runners. With one out, the Bulldogs intentionally walked senior Jake Gorman (Norfolk, Mass.) to load the bases. After Cupelo flew out for the second out, freshman John Pedrotty (Portsmouth, R.I.) reached on an error which scored Oxford and Sills. A single to left field by Bleiler drove in Gorman, securing a 7-2 win for the Crusaders.
Holy Cross' freshman Nate Koneski (North Dighton, Mass.) (1-2) picked up his first collegiate win, pitching six and 2/3 innings while striking out six batters and giving up two runs on five hits. Joe Castaldi (0-3) received the loss for Yale giving up four runs on seven hits in five and 1/3 innings pitched while striking out four batters.
The Crusaders return to action on Saturday, March 21, hosting Quinnipiac and Yale. The first game is scheduled to begin at 12:00 p.m.