Baseball Takes Two From Lafayette
WORCESTER, Mass. – Senior pitcher Ryan George (Seekonk, Mass.) pitched a total of six shut out innings, allowing not one hit over two games to lead the Holy Cross baseball team to a 6-2 win and game on and a 6-3 win in game two against Lafayette at Fitton Field. With the day's results, Holy Cross registers a 17-16 overall record (7-5 Patriot League) while the Leopards go to a record of 7-25 overall (3-9 Patriot League). Junior Jack Laurendeau (Sudbury, Mass.) had the best day offensively for the Crusaders, going 4-for-8 at the plate with two RBI and one run scored.
Senior Matt Perry (Sudbury, Mass.) put the first run on the board, homering to left field in the bottom of the first inning to give the Crusaders an early 1-0 advantage. After Lafayette knotted the score at 1-1 in the top half of the second inning, the Crusaders collected four consecutive hits through the left side, including a two-run single by freshman Alex Maldonado (Brooklyn, N.Y.) with no outs. The team ended the inning with four runs scored on five hits to move up, 5-1, at the end of two innings played. After the Leopards added one run in the top of the fourth inning, each team came up scoreless in the fifth inning.
Lafayette would threaten to score in the top of the sixth inning, but George, who came in with two runners on and no outs, struck out the two batters he faced and threw out a runner at home to preserve the team's 5-2 lead. Perry would mark his second RBI with a single in the bottom of the sixth, giving his team a four-run advantage heading into the top of the seventh and final inning. George continued to pitch well, retiring all three batters he faced in the top of the seventh inning, including two more strikeouts to earn the save, his sixth of the season and giving his team the final 6-2 win.
Senior starter Matt Shapiro (Raynham, Mass.) tallied the win to improve to 3-1 on the season. He pitched five innings, allowing two runs on eight hits. Lafayette's John Gentile pitched just over five innings, taking the loss. He goes to 1-2 on the season after giving up six runs on eight hits. George's sixth save breaks the Holy Cross single-season saves record, which George owned after five saves in the 2009 season.
Lafayette went up 2-0 in the top of the second inning, picking up three hits off senior starter Chris Blachard (Norwich, Conn.). Holy Cross would answer with six runs in the bottom half of the inning, earning RBI from Maldonado, Laurendeau, senior John Sills (Milton, Mass.) and freshman Stephen Wadsworth (Wayland, Mass.), taking a 6-2 lead after two innings.
After a scoreless third and fourth innings, Lafayette tacked on one run in the top of the fifth on a sacrifice fly to bring the score to 6-3. The Crusaders would not tally another run after the six-run second inning, but came up big defensively as George, who came in to the game in the top of the fifth, did not allow a hit in four innings pitched, striking out five batters in all to pick up his first win of the season. Sophomore John Pedrotty (Portsmouth, R.I.) came in to close out the 6-3 victory for Holy Cross, retiring all three of the batters he faced to earn his first save of the spring.
George now moves to 1-1 on the season after allowing no hits in four innings pitched. Lafayette's Sean McGrath was the losing pitcher, falling to 0-4 on the season. He pitched just over one inning, allowing four runs (one earned) on four hits.
On the day, Holy Cross scored 12 runs on 20 hits, while the Leopards scored five runs on 16 hits. Both teams made two errors in all.
The Crusaders will play Brown for the second time this season in a doubleheader next, traveling to Providence, R.I. on Wednesday, April 21. The doubleheader will begin at 3:00 p.m. at Murray Stadium.