Baseball Outlasts Nicholls in Mardi Gras Classic Victory
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LAKE CHARLES, La. – The Holy Cross baseball team used a well-rounded team effort to earn an 8-6 win -- its first victory of the season -- against Nicholls at the Mardi Gras Classic on Sunday, March 3.
- Ben Malgeri (3-for-5, home run, two RBI, two runs scored)
- Chris Rinaldi (3-for-4, two RBI, two runs scored, stolen base)
- Peter Dudunakis (3-for-3, home run, two RBI)
- Riley Livingston (1-for-4, double, run scored)
- Liam Dvorak (6.0 IP, three earned runs, six hits)
W: Liam Dvorak (1-1)
L: Peter Holland (0-1)
S: C.J. McKennitt (1)
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Crusaders’ offense got going early, as junior shortstop Chris Rinaldi had a leadoff single in the bottom of the first; freshman right fielder Ben Malgeri knocked his first home run of the year to give Holy Cross an early 2-0 lead. Sophomore catcher Zach Buck and sophomore second baseman Peter Dudunakis hit back-to-back singles to put runners on the corners with one out, but Nicholls turned a double play to prevent any more scoring.
- Nicholls immediately tied the game up with two unearned runs in the top of the second.
- Holy Cross added three runs in the third inning. Rinaldi led off the inning with a bunt single, followed by a single up the middle by Malgeri. Junior center fielder Austin Masel had a hit and advanced to second, scoring both Rinaldi and Malgeri; Masel was sent to third by a hit from Buck and later scored on a sac fly from Dudunakis, giving the Crusaders a 5-2 lead.
- The Colonels cut within 5-4 after two runs in the top of the fourth, and added another run in the top of the sixth to even the score.
- Holy Cross regained the lead in the bottom half of the sixth, going up 7-5. Junior first baseman Alex Volpi had a one-out single, followed by a double from junior designated hitter Riley Livingston down the left field line to put runners on second and third. Rinaldi followed with his third single of the day to score both Volpi and Livingston.
- The Crusaders added an insurance run in the seventh with a solo homer from Dudunakis.
- Nicholls recorded a run in the bottom of the ninth, but could not cut into the Crusaders’ lead any more.
- The Crusaders recorded season highs in hits (15) and runs scored (8); this marked the first time Holy Cross has hit multiple home runs in a single game this season.
- Dudunakis posted a three-hit game for the first time in his career. He becomes the first Crusader this season with multiple home runs.
- Holy Cross rounds out its visit to the Mardi Gras Classic with a matchup against McNeese on Monday, March 4. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET.