Crusaders Fall Twice In Doubleheader With Lafayette
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WORCESTER, Mass. – The Holy Cross baseball team (17-23, 11-12) took a pair of losses to Lafayette (16-32-1, 4-18-1) in a doubleheader at Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field Saturday afternoon.
The Crusaders were outhit 12-6 in game one, falling to the Leopards 8-3. Freshman Cam Meyer led the offense for the Crusaders, batting 2-for-4 while scoring a run. Sophomore Austin Masel and junior Alex Gionis each registered an RBI in the loss. Also crossing the plate for Holy Cross in game one was sophomores Chris Rinaldi and Riley Livingston. John Marti and Luke Robinson each went 2-for-4 at the plate with two runs scored for the Leopards. Marti posted three RBIs, while Robinson notched two.
Brett Kreyer earned the win for Lafayette, allowing three runs (one earned) in seven innings pitched. Junior Pat McGowan was credited with the loss, allowing eight runs in 3.2 innings while adding five strikeouts.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Following a scoreless first inning, Lafayette was the first team on the board, posting three runs on three hits in the top of the second.
- Holy Cross responded with a run in the bottom of the frame, as Gionis singled to center field to bring home Livingston.
- The Leopards kept their offense rolling in the third, adding three more runs on a trio of hits to give them a 6-1 advantage.
- Lafayette extended its lead further in the fourth, posting two runs off a two-run homer from Robinson to make it 8-1.
- The Crusaders responded in the fifth with two runs to cut the deficit. Meyer scored off an infield error before Masel hit an RBI single to bring home Rinaldi.
- Holy Cross could not cut the deficit any further, being held without a hit in the final two innings.
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Six different Crusaders crossed the plate in game two, as they came up short to the Leopards, 9-7. Sophomore Alex Volpi went 3-for-3 to score a pair of runs while adding an RBI and his fifth home run of the season. Masel went 3-for-5 and notched a pair of RBIs, while Rinaldi went 3-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI. Senior Thomas Russo also had multiple hits, batting 2-for-4 with a run scored. Trey Durrah led the way for Lafayette, batting 1-for-4 with three runs scored. Steven Cohen posted three RBIs for the Leopards while scoring a run himself and hitting 2-for-5.
Connor Jones earned the win for Lafayette, allowing two runs on six hits in 4.2 innings of relief. Freshman Liam Dvorak took the loss after allowing nine runs (two earned) in 3.2 innings. Junior Danny Barlok pitched 5.1 scoreless innings of relief with eight strikeouts.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- After Lafayette added one run in each the first inning and the third, Holy Cross responded in the bottom of the third to take a 3-2 lead. Meyer brought home a run on a sacrifice fly, while Rinaldi and Masel each posted RBI base hits to give the Crusaders the lead.
- The Leopards responded with a strong offensive push in the fourth, scoring seven runs on five hits as Holy Cross committed three errors.
- The Crusaders were quick to respond in the bottom of the inning, adding a pair of runs on two hits to cut the deficit. Livingston notched an RBI single to score Russo before sophomore Jared Enders added a run with an RBI base hit.
- Holy Cross made an offensive push in the bottom of the ninth to cut the Leopards’ lead to two runs. Volpi led off the inning with a solo home run to center field before Masel picked up an RBI single. The Crusaders had the tying run on base, but were unable to overcome the deficit.
- Holy Cross returns to action tomorrow, May 6, as the Crusaders play host to Lehigh in a doubleheader at 1:05 p.m. to close out the regular season.