Baseball Splits Doubleheader With Northeastern
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BROOKLINE, Mass. – Despite a ninth-inning rally in the second game, the Holy Cross baseball team fell just short of a sweep, splitting a doubleheader with Northeastern University on Sunday, March 17.
Holy Cross 8, Northeastern 4 (seven innings)
- Alex Gionis (1-for-2, three RBI)
- Ben Malgeri (1-for-3, two runs scored)
- Austin Masel (1-for-4, double, RBI)
- Riley Livingston (1-for-2, two RBI)
- Liam Dvorak (6.0 IP, three earned runs, four hits, six strikeouts)
W: Liam Dvorak (2-2)
L: Sam Jacobsak (0-2)
How It Happened:
- The Crusaders batted around in the first inning, taking a 4-0 lead early. Holy Cross loaded the bases after junior center fielder Austin Masel reached on an error, freshman right fielder Ben Malgeri hit a single and sophomore catcher Zach Buck walked; sophomore second baseman Peter Dudunakis was issued a walk to give the Crusaders their first run of the game, and senior third baseman Alex Gionis and junior shortstop Chris Rinaldi notched back-to-back walks to make it a 3-0 game. After a pitching change and a strikeout, junior designated hitter Riley Livingston had a single through the left side to give the Crusaders a 4-0 lead.
- Northeastern got a run on the board in the bottom of the first to make it a 4-1 game, and rallied to tie the game at 4-4 in the second.
- Holy Cross regained the lead in the top of the third, 5-4, after Livingston was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
- The Crusaders added another run to their total in the sixth. With runners on second and third, Masel had a hit that fell onto the warning track in center field. Northeastern center fielder Kyle Peterson attempted to field the ball, but he instead flipped it over the wall and into the stands. After a discussion by the umpires, the play was called a ground-rule double and Livingston scored from third to give Holy Cross a 6-4 lead.
- Holy Cross added two more runs in the top of the seventh after Gionis singled up the middle to score Malgeri and senior left fielder Kellen McCormick.
- Senior righty Declan Cronin pitched the seventh inning, notching two strikeouts despite a runner on second to keep the Huskies off the board and give Holy Cross the win.
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Holy Cross 7, Northeastern 8
- Peter Dudunakis (2-for-4, 3 RBI)
- Ben Malgeri (2-for-4, RBI)
- Evan Blum (2-for-4, double, RBI)
- Kellen McCormick (2-for-4, run scored)
- Eric Lopes (3.2 IP, two runs, three hits, one strikeout)
W: Andrew Misaszek (1-1)
L: Kyle Johnson (0-1)
How It Happened:
- Northeastern had three runs in the bottom of the first to take an early lead.
- With runners on first and second in the top of the third, Masel hit an RBI single, followed by another RBI single from Malgeri. After a strikeout, Dudunakis had a single up the middle to score Masel, making it a 3-3 game.
- The Huskies regained the lead in the bottom of the fourth, 5-3, after Corey DiLoreto had a two-RBI single to score Scott Holzwasser and Cam Walsh.
- Sophomore right-handed pitcher Eric Lopes got the final out of the fourth and pitched a clean fifth to keep the Crusaders steady.
- Sophomore first baseman Evan Blum hit a ground-rule double to score Livingston and bring Holy Cross within 5-4. McCormick had a single to put runners on the corners with one out, but Northeastern turned a double play to end the threat in the inning.
- Jared Dupere had a solo homer to make it 6-4 in the bottom of the seventh, and the Huskies added another run in the eighth to make it a 7-4 game.
- Trailing 7-4, the Crusaders went on a late rally despite being down to their last strike multiple times. Malgeri walked on a 3-2 pitch, followed by a single from sophomore designated hitter David Kale to put runners on the corners. Dudunakis had a double down the left field line – on an 0-2 pitch – to bring home Malgeri and Kale and make it a 7-6 game. After Livingston walked, Gionis hit a single to score Dudunakis and even the score at 7-7.
- DiLoreto was hit by a pitch to begin the bottom of the ninth for Northeastern, and Dupere had a single to put runners on first and second with nobody out. During the next at-bat, Jeff Costello hit a single just over the head of Dudunakis, and on the relay throw, DiLoreto slid around the reach of Livingston to score the winning run.
- Dvorak leads the Crusaders this season with two wins and 24 strikeouts in a team-high 26.2 innings pitched.
- Malgeri has reached base in 12 consecutive games.
- Dudunakis leads the Crusaders with nine RBI this season.
- The Crusaders will host the University of Massachusetts at the New England Baseball Complex on Tuesday, March 19.
- First pitch in Northborough, Mass., is set for 5 p.m.