WORCESTER, Mass. – Four separate Holy Cross batters marked RBI, but could not lift the team to a win, as the Holy Cross baseball team fell 10-4 against Central Connecticut at Fitton Field. With the result, the Crusaders move to a 14-14 overall record while the Blue Devils collect a record of 11-11 on the season. Junior Nick Ciardiello (Edison, N.J.) went 2-for-5 at the plate, including his 17th double of the season, breaking the Holy Cross single-season record for doubles, held by current senior Matt Perry (Sudbury, Mass.).
Central Connecticut scored four runs on five hits collectively in the top of the first and second innings, as a two-run home run and triple put the Blue Devils up 4-0 early. After combining for just two hits over the first three innings, Holy Cross tallied its first run in the bottom of the fourth, as Perry tripled for the second time this season and later scored on a double by sophomore Steve Tkowski (Bourne, Mass.). After four innings, the Crusaders remained behind, 4-1.
Following an additional run in the top of the fifth inning by the Blue Devils, Ciardiello doubled for the 17th time this spring in the bottom of the sixth inning, breaking the Holy Cross record. Ciardiello would then score the second run of the day on a force play by freshman Patrick Puentes (East Greenbush, N.Y.). Central Connecticut would not back down, however, marking a three-run home run to go up 8-2 in the top of the seventh inning.
Holy Cross' late inning offense would return to work, as the team answered with two runs on three hits in the bottom of the seventh inning to bring the score to 8-4. With two outs, Ciardiello singled to right field, scoring junior Jack Laurendeau (Sudbury, Mass.), who drew a one-out walk earlier. Perry then followed with a single to the same spot, bringing junior Eric Oxford (Danvers, Mass.) home. The Blue Devils notched their third home run of the game to return to a six-run lead, 10-4 half an inning later. The home run would mark the final runs of the game as Holy Cross came up empty in the bottom of eighth in ninth innings, falling by the final score of 10-4.
Freshman John Colella (Herndon, Va.), would take the loss in his second start of the season, falling to 0-1 overall. He pitched four innings, allowing five runs on seven hits while striking out one Central Connecticut batter. Blue Devils started Dan Markoya picked up the win to move to 1-1 on the season. He allowed one run on five hits in five innings of work. In all, Holy Cross scored four runs on nine hits, leaving nine men stranded while Central Connecticut scored 10 runs on 15 hits, leaving eight runners stranded.
The Crusaders will travel to Hanover, N.H., to take on Dartmouth tomorrow, April 14. Game time is set for 3:00 p.m. at Red Rolfe Field at Biondi Park.