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Baseball Falls Short At Navy

Holy Cross Athletics   04-06-2019
Game One
Category HC NAVY
Runs 1 3
Hits 4 6
Errors 1 1
Left On Base 5 5
Box Score

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Holy Cross baseball team fell short in both ends of a doubleheader at Navy on Saturday, April 6.

GAME ONE:

Navy 3, Holy Cross 1

Stats Leaders:

W: Noah Song (6-0)
L: Pat McGowan (0-8)
S: Trey Braithwaite (5)

How It Happened:

  • After two shutout innings pitched by senior right-handed pitcher Pat McGowan, Navy had a pair of runs in the bottom of the third to take an early 2-0 lead.
  • Freshman right fielder Ben Malgeri drew a walk to lead off the fourth inning, and sophomore second baseman Peter Dudunakis had a one-out single to move Malgeri to third. Junior catcher Riley Livingston was then able to score Malgeri on a sac fly to left field, cutting the Navy advantage in half.
  • Navy tacked on an insurance run in the fifth inning off an RBI single from Zach Biggers to make it a 3-1 game.

Game Two
Category HC NAVY
Runs 3 4
Hits 7 7
Errors 1 0
Left On Base 11 7
Box Score

GAME TWO:

Navy 4, Holy Cross 3

Stats Leaders:

W: Dalton Baker (2-1)
L: Declan Cronin (2-4)
S: Trey Braithwaite (6)

How It Happened:

  • The Crusaders took a 1-0 lead with two outs in the third inning after sophomore left fielder David Kale notched a single and junior center fielder Austin Masel brought him home with a double down the left field line.
  • Navy immediately evened the game in the bottom of the third, but in the fifth, Holy Cross regained a 2-1 lead. Junior shortstop Chris Rinaldi reached base with a leadoff bunt single and then stole second to move into scoring position; a single to right-center by Masel was enough to send Rinaldi across home plate.
  • Navy used a three-run seventh to take a 4-2 lead.
  • Holy Cross had several opportunities late, loading the bases in the seventh and eighth innings with just one out, but could only score one run after Rinaldi had a sac fly to make it a 4-3 game in the eighth.
  • The Crusaders had the tying run on third with two outs in the ninth, but Navy closer Trey Braithwaite drew a swinging strikeout to end the Holy Cross threat.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:

  • Masel is the first Crusader to record four hits in a single game this season. He has hit 9-for-15 during a four-game hitting streak, and his season average sits at .297, second-best on the team.
  • Kale is on a five-game hitting streak, while sophomore Evan Blum has reached base in 14 straight contests.
  • Sophomore reliever Eric Lopes has not allowed a run in his last five outings and has conceded just one hit in that stretch.

DUE UP:

  • Holy Cross and Navy round out the weekend series with a 1 p.m. matchup on Sunday, April 7.

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