Baseball Drops Two Games To Navy In Home Opening Doubleheader
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WORCESTER, Mass. – The Holy Cross baseball team fell twice in its first pair of home games on Saturday afternoon, dropping a 1-0 decision in game one before falling 9-5 in the second contest of the day.
The Midshipmen added the lone run of game one in the first inning, as Navy earned the narrow victory. The Crusaders were held to just two hits in the contest, with Sophomores Austin Masel and Riley Livingston earning one each. Logan Knowles registered the only hit for the Midshipmen to go 1-for-1 with a run scored, while Zach Biggers earned the only RBI of the game.
Junior Pat McGowan held Navy to one hit while tossing seven strikeouts through all seven innings. Noah Song earned the victory for the Midshipmen, pitching seven scoreless innings and allowing two hits while posting nine strikeouts.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Knowles earned the only hit for Navy in the first at-bat of the game, notching a triple to right field before Biggers reached on a fielding error to drive him home.
- Following a fly out in the top of the first, McGowan struck out five-straight batters through the next two innings.
- The Crusaders got two runners on base in the second with junior Kellen McCormick and sophomore Chris Rinaldi on second and third, respectively. Song managed to strike out the next two batters to end the inning and keep it a 1-0 game.
- After the first inning, McGowan and the Holy Cross defense allowed just two players to reach base.
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Holy Cross made a late push late in game two, but the Midshipmen managed to hold off the comeback and earn their second victory of the day. Rinaldi helped to lead the offense, crossing the plate three times while hitting 3-for-5 in the game. Masel hit 3-for-5 and registered a run scored and an RBI. Junior Alex Gionis led the Crusaders with three RBIs, batting 2-for-4 in game two. Knowles went 2-for-6 with three RBIs and a run scored for Navy, while Alex Smith crossed the plate twice and added an RBI while hitting 4-for-5. Eight different players scored runs for the Midshipmen.
Sean Kamhoot earned the win for Navy, allowing two runs (one earned) in seven innings while adding three strikeouts. Freshman Garret Keough took the loss, allowing five runs (three earned) in 1.1 innings.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Navy got the scoring started with a lone run in the top of the first with an RBI ground-out, before posting four runs in the second to give the Midshipmen a 5-0 lead.
- The Crusaders added their first run in the bottom of the second, as Rinaldi led off with a triple before scoring on single from McCormick.
- Holy Cross added another run in the fourth, as Rinaldi scored again on a single from Gionis.
- After Navy scored their sixth run in the top of the eighth, the Crusaders responded with two runs in the bottom of the frame. Gionis earned two more RBIs with a double to clear the bases.
- The Midshipmen added three more runs in the top of the ninth to strengthen their lead over Holy Cross. The Crusaders added one more run in the final frame, but could not cut the deficit any further.
- Holy Cross returns to action tomorrow, April 8, as they host Navy for the final game of their weekend series at 1:05 p.m.