Baseball Sweeps Doubleheader at Bucknell
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LEWISBURG, Pennsylvania -- The Holy Cross baseball team battled to take both games of a doubleheader at Bucknell University on Saturday, April 13.
Holy Cross 13, Bucknell 7
- Alex Gionis (2-for-4, double, four RBI)
- Andrew Selima (2-for-3, double, four RBI)
- Evan Blum (3-for-4, three runs scored, RBI)
- David Kale (1-for-3, two RBI)
- Riley Livingston (three walks, three runs scored, RBI)
W: Noah Luckenbaugh (3-1)
L: Nate Grisius (2-5)
How It Happened:
- The Crusaders capitalized on a few Bucknell miscues early, putting up a five-run first inning. Junior center fielder Austin Masel and junior shortstop Chris Rinaldi reached on a single and walk, respectively, and sophomore designated hitter Evan Blum had a single to put the first run on the board. It became a 2-0 game after junior catcher Riley Livingston reached on an error, and with the bases loaded, sophomore left fielder David Kale and junior third baseman Alex Volpi were each hit by a pitch to make it a 4-0 game. Senior second baseman Alex Gionis followed with an RBI single to push the Holy Cross lead to five.
- Sophomore first baseman Andrew Selima drove in Blum with an RBI double in the second inning to extend the lead to 6-0.
- Bucknell cut within 6-2 in the third inning, but Holy Cross continued to push offensively. Selima secured a sacrifice fly to score Rinaldi, and Gionis followed with a three-run double to push the Holy Cross lead to 10-2 in the top of the fourth.
- The Bison did not go away quietly, cutting within 10-5 in the bottom half of the fourth.
- Selima and Kale had back-to-back RBI singles in the fifth to put Holy Cross up 12-5.
- Bucknell made it a 12-7 game in the sixth, but Holy Cross tacked on another run in the top of the seventh after Rinaldi scored on a groundout.
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Holy Cross 6, Bucknell 3
- Chris Rinaldi (2-for-5, triple, two RBI)
- Ben Malgeri (2-for-4, double, RBI, two runs scored)
- David Kale (2-for-4, two runs scored)
- Austin Masel (1-for-4, double, two RBI)
How It Happened:
- Holy Cross trailed early after a three-run second by Bucknell but immediately made up for the deficit in the top of the third.
- Gionis led off the third inning with a walk and advanced to third after a one-out single by Kale. Freshman right fielder Ben Malgeri put the first Holy Cross run on the board with an RBI double, followed by an RBI groundout by Masel. Rinaldi then had the game-tying RBI with a two-out single to make it a 3-3 score.
- The score remained deadlocked until the top of the seventh inning. Kale had a one-out single and moved to third after a single from Malgeri. Masel secured a sacrifice bunt to put Holy Cross up 4-3, and Rinaldi unleashed his first triple of the year to score Malgeri and make it a 5-3 game.
- Bucknell threatened in the bottom of the seventh with a leadoff double and walk; after sophomore righty Eric Lopes relieved senior starter Declan Cronin, the Bison pushed runners to second and third with a sacrifice bunt. Lopes was able to secure a strikeout and a pop-up to end the inning and preserve the 5-3 lead.
- Holy Cross tacked on an insurance run in the top of the eighth after a bunt from Gionis scored Livingston.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:
- Holy Cross has won four straight games and improves to 12-24 overall and 7-5 in the Patriot League. Bucknell falls to 10-26 overall and 3-13 in the Patriot League.
- This marks the Crusaders’ first doubleheader sweep of the season.
- Gionis and Selima’s four-RBI performances in the first game marked the first time this season Holy Cross has had two hitters post four RBI in the same game. Both were career highs in RBI for Gionis and Selima.
- Masel is now on an eight-game hitting streak, batting .394 in that span.
- Blum has now reached base in 18 consecutive games, the longest streak by a Crusader this season.
- Rinaldi is on a five-game hitting streak, hitting .565 (9-for-16) in that span. He is hitting .333 (10-for-30) in Patriot League play so far this year.
- Lopes earned his fourth save of the year in a three-inning outing, his second-longest appearance of the year. He has not allowed any runs in conference play and has held his opponents to just three hits and no runs in his last seven appearances.
- The Crusaders will play the series finale at Bucknell on Sunday, April 14.
- First pitch will now be at 9:30 a.m. due to inclement weather.