WORCESTER, Mass. – Marist chased out two Holy Cross pitchers in the first inning, tallying six runs early and never looked back as the Holy Cross baseball team took a 12-10 loss against Marist at Fitton Field. With the final, the Crusaders go to 11-12 overall while the Red Foxes move to an overall record of 15-10. Four Crusaders went deep on the day, including three solo shots and a three-run home run from sophomore Steve Tkowski (Bourne, Mass.).
The Crusaders pitching staff took a huge hit in the top of the first inning as Marist collected six runs and three hits. The inning included three outings by Holy Cross pitchers, four hit batsman and two walks as the Red Foxes ran through their lineup to gain a 6-0 lead after one inning of play. Freshman pitcher Andrew Boyce (Avon, Conn.) came in to make his collegiate debut in the top of the second inning as Marist added two more runs on one hit to take an 8-0 lead.
Holy Cross broke out for its first runs in the bottom half of the second inning to bring the score to 8-2. Junior Nick Ciardiello (Edison, N.J.) hit the first pitch he saw out of the park for his sixth home run of the season. Junior Eric Oxford (Danvers, Mass.) would continue the three-hit inning with a double and then scored on a single through the right side by sophomore Chris Sintetos (Bethesda, Md.), picking up his fourth RBI of the season. Marist added three runs over the fourth and fifth innings to earn an 11-2 lead before Holy Cross score one run in the bottom of the fifth on junior Jack Laurendeau’s (Sudbury, Mass.) fourth home run of the season.
The team continued to quietly make a comeback, adding two runs in the bottom of the sixth and one run in the bottom of the seventh inning, picking up RBI from Oxford, freshman Alex Maldonado (Brooklyn, Mass.) and junior Brendan McCrea (Hicksville, N.Y.). McCrea hit the squad’s third solo home run of the day to mark the score at 11-6. The Red Foxes tacked on a run the top of the eighth inning to mark a six-run lead, 12-6, heading into the bottom of the ninth inning.
Holy Cross continued to make the game interesting as McCrea started a late rally in the bottom of the ninth, singling and moving Laurendeau into scoring position after he reached on a walk. Perry followed with an RBI single, scoring Laurendeau for the first run. With one out, Tkowski homered to centerfield, scoring McCrea and Perry to bring his team within two runs, 12-10. Oxford then doubled for his third hit of the game to continue to rally but it was freshman Patrick Puentes (East Greenbush, N.Y.), who came in to pinch hit with two outs, who ended the late comeback, striking out to end the game. Marist would outlast Holy Cross by the final score of 12-10.
Freshman Vaughn Hayward (Glendale, R.I.), who faced just four batters, takes the loss to fall to 1-3 on the season. He allowed four runs on one hit. Marist starter Brendan Chapin picked up the win, improving to 2-3 this spring. He pitched three innings, giving up two runs on three hits.
Holy Cross finished the game with 10 runs on 13 hits, leaving six runners stranded. The Red Foxes scored 12 runs on 10 hits, leaving nine men on base.
Holy Cross will take on its second Patriot League opponent this weekend as the team travel to Lewisburg, Pa. for a four-game set with Bucknell starting April 10. Both Saturday and Sunday feature doubleheaders, with first pitches set for 12:00 p.m. both days.