Baseball Splits Doubleheader Vs. Lafayette
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WORCESTER, Mass. – The Holy Cross baseball team fell short in a back-and-forth Game 1 battle before bouncing back to earn a Game 2 win in a doubleheader split with Lafayette on Sunday, April 21 at Fitton Field.
Lafayette 9, Holy Cross 6 (seven innings)
- Evan Blum (2-for-2, double, two runs scored, two walks)
- David Kale (2-for-3, home run, three runs scored, two RBI)
- Alex Volpi (2-for-3, home run, two RBI)
W: JP Woodward (3-6)
L: Eric Lopes (0-1)
How it Happened:
- Lafayette got on the board with a solo home run in the top of the second, but the Crusaders took the lead in the bottom half of the inning after junior catcher Riley Livingston hit a two-RBI single to put Holy Cross in front, 2-1.
- The Leopards answered right back, knocking in two runs in the top of the third with another home run to take a 3-2 lead.
- Junior third baseman Alex Volpi had a home run of his own to lead off the fourth inning and tie the game up at 3-3, but Lafayette took the lead right back with another solo homer in the fifth inning.
- After sophomore designated hitter Evan Blum was issued a two-out walk, sophomore left fielder David Kale hit a two-run shot to center field, giving Holy Cross a 5-4 lead.
- The Leopards piled on five runs in the sixth inning to regain the lead and hold a 9-5 advantage.
- The Crusaders attempted to mount a comeback in the bottom of the seventh. With Kale on second and sophomore first baseman Andrew Selima on first, Volpi hit a single up the middle to cut within 9-6. Livingston had a single to load the bases with one out, but Lafayette’s Frank Craska ended the threat by issuing a foul-out and a groundout.
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Holy Cross 10, Lafayette 5
- Austin Masel (4-for-4, two doubles, home run, three RBI)
- Ben Malgeri (2-for-3, double, RBI)
- Riley Livingston (1-for-3, two RBI)
- Luke Dawson (3.0 IP, no hits, no runs, one walk, three strikeouts)
How it Happened:
- Lafayette took an initial 1-0 lead in the top of the first, but the Crusaders strung together a sequence of five singles in the bottom half of the inning to take a 4-1 lead.
- Junior center fielder Austin Masel had an RBI double to give Holy Cross a 5-1 lead in the second.
- The Leopards cut within 5-3 by the fourth inning, but the Crusaders answered quickly in the bottom of the fourth, after senior second baseman Alex Gionis led off the inning with a solo homer and Masel hit a two-out home run to push the Holy Cross lead back to four runs, 7-3.
- Lafayette came back within two runs in the sixth inning, but Holy Cross added two more runs back to its total in the sixth after Gionis scored on an error and Masel had a sac fly.
- Though sophomore lefty Luke Dawson entered with two runners on and nobody out in the top of the seventh, he worked his way out of trouble with three straight outs, capped by a swinging strikeout.
- Holy Cross reached double-digit runs after a sacrifice fly from Livingston in the bottom of the seventh inning.
- Dawson allowed just one walk over the course of his final two innings of work to hold off the Leopards.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:
- Holy Cross moves to 14-26 on the year and 9-7 in Patriot League play. Lafayette is now 13-23 overall and 8-8 in the Patriot League.
- The Crusaders entered Sunday with just eight home runs on the year; they recorded half of that total in the two games versus Lafayette to move their season total to 12. Gionis and Kale both had their first career home runs, while Volpi had his first of the season.
- Masel has now extended his hitting streak to 12 games. He is batting .361 in conference play, the sixth-best mark in the Patriot League; he had his second four-hit game of the year.
- Blum has now reached base in 22 consecutive games. He is hitting .346 in league play, which ranks eighth in the conference.
- Holy Cross and Lafayette will conclude the series with a 10 a.m. contest on Monday, April 22.