Dvorak, Volpi Shine as Baseball Downs Lafayette
Holy Cross Athletics 04-22-2019
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WORCESTER, Mass. – Between stellar pitching and timely hitting, the Holy Cross baseball team earned a 5-1 victory over Lafayette on Monday, April 22.
- Liam Dvorak (6.0 IP, two hits, one run, 10 strikeouts)
- C.J. McKennitt (3.0 IP, two hits, no runs, three strikeouts)
- Alex Volpi (3-for-4, double, home run, four RBI)
- Evan Blum (2-for-3, double)
- Chris Rinaldi (2-for-4, double, RBI)
- Andrew Selima (2-for-4)
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Leopards put a run on the board in the top of the second inning by way of a solo home run, but sophomore right-hander Liam Dvorak limited the damage, earning three swinging strikeouts in the frame.
- Holy Cross immediately responded, as sophomore designated hitter Evan Blum led off the bottom of the second with a double. Sophomore first baseman Andrew Selima had a single to put runners on the corners, and junior third baseman Alex Volpi delivered a double down the left field line to put Holy Cross in front, 2-1.
- Lafayette posed an early threat in the fourth inning after a leadoff walk and an error put runners on the corners with nobody out. Dvorak remained composed, issuing two straight strikeouts and forcing the final batter of the inning to line out to senior second baseman Alex Gionis.
- In the bottom of the fourth, Volpi led off with a walk and moved to second after a sacrifice bunt by Gionis. Volpi then scored on an RBI double by junior shortstop Chris Rinaldi to give the Crusaders a 3-1 advantage.
- The Leopards put runners on the corners and attempted a two-out rally in the sixth, but Dvorak again earned the final out of the inning to end his day with just two hits and one run allowed.
- In the bottom of the sixth, freshman right fielder Ben Malgeri drew a leadoff walk, and Volpi continued his excellent day with a home run to left-center, extending the Holy Cross lead to 5-1.
- Freshman righty C.J. McKennitt kept the Leopards off the board in the final three innings to help the Crusaders earn the victory.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:
- Holy Cross improves to 15-26 overall and 10-7 in Patriot League play. Lafayette falls to 13-24 overall and 8-9 in conference play.
- The Crusaders held the Leopards to just four hits on the day, matching a season-best. Dvorak and McKennitt combined for 12 total strikeouts, the most in a single game by the Holy Cross pitching staff this year.
- Holy Cross lowered its team ERA to 3.46 in conference play, currently the best mark by a Patriot League staff in 2019.
- Dvorak matched his career high of 10 strikeouts, a total he reached on March 31 in a 5-4 win against Lehigh. He has not lost in his last six appearances.
- Blum has now reached base in 23 consecutive games and is now tied for the team lead in doubles with 10 on the year. He is batting .315 on the year and .364 in conference play, which ranks sixth in the Patriot League.
- Junior center fielder Austin Masel extended his hitting streak to 13 games with an eighth-inning bunt single.
- Selima is on a five-game hitting streak, raising his season average to .316 in 38 at bats.
- The Crusaders will host Hartford on Wednesday, April 24.
- First pitch at Fitton Field is set for 5:05 p.m.
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