Dvorak Dominates As Baseball Downs Lehigh
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WORCESTER, Mass. – Fueled by a 10-strikeout showing from sophomore right-handed pitcher Liam Dvorak, the Holy Cross baseball team earned a 5-4 win over Lehigh on Sunday, March 31.
- Liam Dvorak (7.0 IP, no earned runs, four hits, one walk, 10 strikeouts)
- Eric Lopes (1.1 IP, no runs, no hits, one strikeout)
- David Kale (2-for-5, double, two RBI)
- Riley Livingston (2-for-3, two runs scored)
- Alex Volpi (2-for-3, RBI)
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Sophomore left fielder David Kale and junior center fielder Austin Masel hit back-to-back doubles to lead off the bottom of the first and take an early 1-0 lead.
- After reaching first with a walk, Masel stole second to move into scoring position, and freshman right fielder Ben Malgeri brought him home with an RBI single through the left side.
- Lehigh’s Tony Gallo cranked a home run to even the game at 2-2 in the top of the fourth.
- The Crusaders took the lead back in the bottom of the fourth; with runners on the corners, junior first baseman Alex Volpi had an RBI single to bring home junior catcher Riley Livingston and put Holy Cross up 3-2.
- Holy Cross went up 5-2 in the sixth after Kale notched a single with the bases loaded to score Livingston and senior third baseman Alex Gionis.
- With runners on first and second and one out in the top of the seventh, Dvorak had his 10th strikeout of the day and then closed out the frame with a groundout to end the Lehigh threat.
- The Mountain Hawks cut within 5-4 after a two-run homer in the top of the eighth; sophomore righty Eric Lopes relieved sophomore Noah Luckenbaugh, and he drew a fly out to end the Lehigh side of the eighth.
- Lopes retired the final three batters in the top of the ninth to hold off the Mountain Hawks.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:
- Holy Cross improves to 4-3 in the Patriot League and 7-22 overall; Lehigh falls to 2-5 in the Patriot League and 11-15 overall.
- Dvorak set a new career high with 10 strikeouts; less than a day after senior Declan Cronin set a 2019 single-game high for Holy Cross with nine strikeouts, Dvorak became the first Crusader to throw double-digit strikeouts this year. He is the first Holy Cross player to throw double-digit strikeouts since Brendan King had 12 against South Florida on March 12, 2016.
- Lopes earned his first two career saves less than 24 hours apart after recording a save in Holy Cross’ win on Saturday.
- Holy Cross will host Dartmouth in nonconference action on Wednesday, April 3.
- First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m. at Fitton Field.