NEW BRITAIN, Conn. - Junior Matt Perry (Sudbury, Mass.) went 4-for-6 with four runs scored and two RBI to lead the Holy Cross baseball team to a 13-10 win over Central Connecticut on Tuesday night at Beehive Field. With the win, Holy Cross improves to 14-20 on the season while the Blue Devils fall to 13-11.
Tied 3-3 in the top of the fourth, freshman John Pedrotty (Portsmouth, R.I.) hit a two-out single and then advanced to second base on a walk by sophomore Brendan McCrea (Hicksville, N.Y.). A double to left center field by Perry drove in both base runners. Sophomore Eric Oxford (Danvers, Mass.) reached first on an error by the Blue Devils, scoring Perry, giving Holy Cross a 6-3 lead.
Leading 6-4, in the top of the sixth inning, back-to-back hit by pitches put two men on base for the Crusaders. A single by Perry advanced both runners to load the bases. Oxford picked up a walk in his at bat, scoring Pedrotty from third base. A double down the right field line by senior Tim Hughes (Andover, Mass.) drove in two runs, scoring Perry and McCrea. Senior Billy Cupelo (Franklin, Mass.) fouled out to the first baseman, but was able to advance Hughes and score Oxford for the fourth run of the inning for Holy Cross. Hughes scored on a throw and then a double by sophomore Nick Ciardiello (Edison, N.J.) drove in junior Chris Blanchard (Norwich, Conn.) from third, giving Holy Cross a 12-4 lead. In the top of the seventh, Perry hit a one-out single and then advanced to second as Oxford reached on a Dartmouth error. A single to left field drove in Perry, putting Holy Cross ahead, 13-4.
Central Connecticut scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth and two in the bottom of the ninth, but Holy Cross held on for a 13-10 win.
Pedrotty (2-1) picked up the win for Holy Cross, pitching six innings while giving up seven hits and two earned runs and striking out one batter. Nate Sturgis received the loss for Central Connecticut, giving up three runs on three hits while striking out one batter in two innings of relief.
The Crusaders return to action on Wednesday, April 15, hosting Dartmouth at 4:00 p.m.