Crusaders Clinch Patriot League Tournament Berth With Walk-Off Win Over Bucknell, 8-7
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WORCESTER, Mass. – The Holy Cross baseball team (17-20, 11-10) clinched its fourth-straight Patriot League Tournament berth with an 8-7 victory over Bucknell (16-25-1, 13-11-1) in walk-off fashion on Tuesday night. The team will appear in the tournament for the ninth time in the past 11 seasons.
Freshman Cam Meyer had a stellar night offensively for the Crusaders, posting four runs scored and an RBI while batting 3-for-4 on the night. Senior Thomas Russo also had a solid game at the plate, hitting 3-for-5 with two runs and two RBIs. Senior Cam O'Neill and sophomore Austin Masel each registered a pair of RBIs, while sophomores Alex Volpi and Jared Enders each crossed the plate once. The Bison were led by Dominic Toso, who hit 2-for-5 with two runs and an RBI. Luke Hartman also registered a pair of hits, driving in a run and scoring once for Bucknell.
Freshman Kyle Johnson picked up the first victory of his career, throwing 2.2 scoreless innings in relief while holding the Bison to one hit and earning a pair of strikeouts. Brendan Tuttle was credited with the loss after allowing the game winning run following one inning on the mound.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Bucknell got off to a strong start in the top of the first, adding a pair of runs on two hits to take an early lead.
- Holy Cross responded in the bottom of the frame, posting two runs of their own to tie the ball game. Meyer scored on a sacrifice fly from Masel, while Russo found his way home off an RBI double from O’Neill.
- After the Bison regained the lead with a run in the second, the Crusaders managed to tie it again with an RBI single from O’Neill in the bottom of the inning.
- Bucknell kept the offense rolling in the third, posting two runs on one hit and following up with another pair of runs in the fourth to make it 7-3 in their favor.
- In the bottom of the fourth, Holy Cross posted two runs as Meyer scored on an error and Russo crossed the plate off a ground out from Masel to cut the deficit to two.
- The Crusaders tied the game once again in the bottom of the eighth, posting two runs on two hits. With two men on base and no outs, Russo picked up two RBIs with a single to right field that brought home Meyer and Enders.
- Holy Cross loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth, and it was Meyer with the game-winning hit to right field that settled the final score.
- Holy Cross returns to action tomorrow, May 2, as the Crusaders travel to Marist for a non-conference matchup at 3:30 p.m.