HANOVER, N.H. – Dartmouth replacement pitcher Cole Sulser shut down the Holy Cross baseball team's offense for over two innings, not allowing a hit in 10 batters faced as Dartmouth topped the Crusaders 4-2 at Red Rolfe Field at Biondi Park. With the loss, the Crusaders move to a 14-15 overall record while the Big Green mark a record of 13-12 on the season. Junior Nick Ciardiello (Edison, N.J.) broke the four-inning hitless streak with a single in the top of the ninth inning and finished the day going 2-for-4 at the plate.
Holy Cross broke the scoreless game open in the top of the fourth inning, as senior Matt Perry (Sudbury, Mass.) and freshman Stephen Wadsworth (Wayland, Mass.) tallied one RBI apiece. Perry singled and Wadsworth forced a run in, as the Crusaders collected two runs on three hits to go up 2-0. The lead did not last long, as Dartmouth answered with three runs on six hits in the bottom of the fourth inning, chasing freshman starter Tommy Marra (Sea Cliff, N.Y.) out of the game.
The Big Green tacked on an additional run in the bottom of the sixth inning, scoring on a wild pitch by senior Ryan George (Seekonk, Mass.) to take a 4-2 lead. After junior Jack Laurendeau (Sudbury, Mass.) tripled for the third time this season in the fifth inning, Holy Cross would not muster another hit for three straight outings, coming up empty in the runs column over the top half of the fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth innings to fall by the final 4-2 score.
Marra, starting for the second time this spring, would take the loss to fall to 0-1 on the season. He allowed three runs to score on nine hits while striking out two batters in 3.2 innings of work. Dartmouth sophomore Cole Sulser, who shut down the Crusaders for 2.2 innings, tallied the win to improve to 5-0 on the season. He allowed no hits while striking out four batters.
In all, the Crusaders score two runs on five hits, leaving four runners of base while the Big Green scored four runs on 10 hits, leaving seven runners stranded.
Holy Cross will next host Patriot League opponent Lafayette for a four-game set beginning on April 17. The weekend will feature two doubleheaders, one on Saturday and one on Sunday, April 18. Saturday's games will start at 3:00 p.m. at Fitton Field in Worcester, Mass., and will serve as the team's Senior Day, honoring the seven seniors on the 2010 squad.