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Baseball Splits Doubleheader With Navy To Open Patriot League Play

Holy Cross Athletics   04-02-2017

GAME ONE

Score: Holy Cross 6, Navy 3
Pitching Decision: W: Brendan King (1-3) | L: Noah Song (4-2)
Time: 12:30 p.m.
Location: Providence, R.I. (Murray Stadium)
The Lead: The Crusaders defeated Navy 6-3 in their first Patriot League game of the season on Sunday afternoon in Providence. 

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • Holy Cross was first on the board in the bottom of the second inning, as junior Thomas Russo singled through the left side to score classmate Cam O'Neill.
  • After senior Brendan King pitched five scoreless innings, the Midshipmen took control of the lead by adding a pair of runs on three hits in the top of the sixth.
  • The Crusaders responded in the bottom of the inning with five runs on four hits to gain a commanding lead. Senior Anthony Critelli, classmate Alex Voitik (2) and Russo all notched runs batted in during the inning.
  • Navy added a run in the top of the seventh, but they were unable to overcome the deficit set by Holy Cross.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Both teams registered eight hits in game one.
  • Navy left seven runners on base, while Holy Cross left three.
  • King earned the win, allowing three runs on eight hits through 6.2 innings pitched.
  • Noah Song took the loss for Navy, allowing five runs on six hits.
  • Russo led the Crusaders’ offense, hitting 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs and a run scored.

GAME TWO

Score: Navy 11, Holy Cross 8
Pitching Decision: W: George Coughlin (3-2) | L: Declan Cronin (0-1)
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Location: Providence, R.I. (Murray Stadium)
The Lead: Holy Cross came up short to Navy by a score of 11-8 in game two on Sunday, splitting their doubleheader with the Midshipmen.

 HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • Navy jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning, adding two runs on a pair of hits.
  • In the bottom of the second, Holy Cross answered with a run off and RBI double from Russo.
  • The Crusaders took control of the lead in the third inning, adding two more runs on two hits as freshman Austin Masel and Critelli hit back-to-back solo home runs.
  • Navy responded in the top of the fourth with a tying run to make it 3-3.
  • The Midshipmen added four runs on four hits in the sixth inning, and another run in the seventh to give them an 8-3 advantage.
  • Holy Cross added two runs in the bottom of the seventh, as senior Bill Schlich and classmate Josh Hassell both drove in runs.
  • After Navy made it 9-5 in the top of the eighth, the Crusaders added three runs in the bottom of the inning to make it 9-8 as Hassell (2) and freshman Chris Rinaldi were able to bring runners home.
  • The Midshipmen made it 11-8 in the top of the ninth to secure the final score.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Navy outhit the Crusaders 17-14.
  • The Midshipmen left 10 runners on base, while Holy Cross left 8.
  • George Coughlin earned the win for Navy, allowing four runs on seven hits.
  • Sophomore Declan Cronin took the loss, allowing four runs on three hits.
  • Rinaldi went 2-for-4 at the plate with a pair of runs scored and an RBI.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:

  • Senior George Capen earned his first save of the season, and the third of his career in game one.
  • Critelli’s home run was his fourth of the season, and the 20th of his career. He is now tied for third all-time in program history for career homers.
  • Masel’s home run was his second of the year.

UP NEXT:

  • Holy Cross will return to action tomorrow, April 3, as the Crusaders wrap up their series with Navy with a doubleheader at the New England Baseball Complex in Northborough, Mass. at 11:30 a.m.

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