WORCESTER, Mass. – Senior Matt Perry (Sudbury, Mass.) and junior Jack Laurendeau (Sudbury, Mass.) combined for half of the Holy Cross baseball team's hits on day, collecting four apiece as the Crusaders split the doubleheader against Lafayette, winning 11-4 and then getting shutout 7-0 at Fitton Field. With the final, Holy Cross moves to a 15-16 overall record (5-5 Patriot League) while the Leopards notch a record of 7-23 overall (3-7 Patriot League). Perry batted .571 on the day, going 4-for-7 with two runs scored while Laurendeau went 4-for-9 with two runs score and one RBI.
Holy Cross jumped ahead early, picking four runs on three hits, including an RBI double from sophomore Steve Tkowski (Bourne, Mass.) in the bottom of the first inning. Lafayette answered with two runs in the top of the second inning to bring the Crusaders lead down to two runs, 4-2. Laurendeau would increase the team's advantage to 5-2 in the bottom half of the second inning after homering deep down the left field line for his second hit in second at-bat. Lafayette made it a one-run game in the top of the third inning before Holy Cross tacked on one run in the bottom half, as freshman Stephen Wadsworth (Wayland, Mass.) tripled and then scored to bring the score to 6-4 after three innings of play.
Two more runs came across home plate for the Crusaders in the bottom of the fifth inning, as junior Eric Oxford (Danvers, Mass.) doubled and then scored on a single by senior Chris Blanchard (Norwich, Conn.). The team then put the game out of reach in the bottom of the sixth inning, adding three more runs, highlighted by a two-run home run by Wadsworth, his second of the season. Lafayette came up empty in the top of the seventh, giving Holy Cross the final 11-4 victory in game one.
Sophomore Nate Koneski (North Dighton, Mass.) pitched his fourth complete game of the season to improve to 5-2 in the win. He allowed four runs on nine hits while striking out three in the seven innings pitched. Lafayette's Zach Fritz tallied the loss to fall to 1-6 on the season. He allowed eight runs on eight hits in 4.1 innings pitched.
Lafayette took the early lead in the top of the second inning, combining for four runs on three hits off of sophomore starter Matt Croglio (Fayettville, N.Y.). The Leopards would add two more runs in the top of the fourth inning, chasing Croglio out of the game and taking a 6-0 lead. Crusaders relief pitcher Tommy Arrigg (Andover, Mass.) came in next, pitching just over three solid innings, allowing no runs and three hits with three strikeouts to silence the Leopards run scoring efforts.
Holy Cross would scatter seven hits through seven innings of play, including three from Perry. Lafayette then made it 7-0 in the top of the eighth inning while Leopards starter Corey Shea continued his shutout campaign, throwing eight scoreless innings. Shea was relieved in the bottom of the ninth by closer Jeff Snell, who allowed two runners on but no runs across as the Leopards won game two 7-0.
Croglio took the loss to fall to 1-3 on the season. He allowed six runs on seven hits in 3.2 innings pitched. Shea, with the eight innings of shutout pitching, earned the win to improve to 2-2. He allowed six hits, two walks and struck out nine Holy Cross batters.
On the day, Holy Cross scored 11 runs on 19 hits, committing three errors while the Leopards scored 11 runs on 22 hits, making two errors.
The Crusaders will wrap up the four-game series against Lafayette tomorrow, April 20. The doubleheader will begin at 1:00 p.m. at Fitton Field in Worcester, Mass.