WORCESTER, Ma. – Senior Brendan McCrea (Hicksville, N.Y.), in his first year ever pitching, threw one and a third shutout innings to tally his first career win, boosting the Holy Cross baseball team to a 3-2 win over Boston College at Fitton Field. With the result, the Crusaders improve to a record of 8-8-1 while the Eagles drop to an 8-10 record on the season. Fellow senior Jack Laurendeau (Sudbury, Mass.) used his speed and agility to heighten the Holy Cross offense as he scored two runs, including the go-ahead run after going two-for-three at the plate with one RBI and his ninth stolen base of the season.
Sophomore Josh Hauser (Dallas, Texas) earned his first career start from the mound and allowed two hits through the first two innings as no runs came across for either team. The Eagles went ahead 2-0 in the top of the third as starting pitcher and designated hitter Andrew Lawrence homered over the right field fence to bring two runs home.
Holy Cross scattered just three hits through the bottom of the fourth inning as junior Steve Tkowski (Bourne, Mass.) registered the team's second extra base hit of the game, collecting his second double of the season. Laurendeau drove in Holy Cross' first run in the bottom of the fifth, scoring freshman Ryan Doerhoff (Flower Mound, Texas) who led off with a double, his second of the season. Senior Nick Ciardiello (Edison, N.J.) then knotted the score at 2-2 with the inning's second double, scoring Laurendeau to extend his hit streak to 13 games.
Ciardiello knocked in the go ahead run in the bottom of the seventh, scoring Laurendeau, who walked and stole second, to boost the Crusaders to a 3-2 lead. The entire Holy Cross bullpen shined after the home run, not allowing another Eagle to touch home plate. Sophomores Vaughn Hayward (Glendale, R.I.) and Tom Marra (Sea Cliff, N.Y.) shut Boston College down in the fourth through sixth innings, allowing just one hit as Marra also collected three punch outs. McCrea came in to the game in the seventh, not allowing one hit in one and a third innings pitched while sophomore John Colella (Herndon, Va.) closed out the game for his team once again, facing five batters and not letting one run get through.
McCrea earns the winning decision, improving to 1-0 on the season after striking out one, walking two and not giving up one hit in 1.1 innings pitched. Colella earned the save, as he now leads the team with three saves overall. Boston College junior Matt Brazis gets tabbed with the loss and drops to 0-3 on the year. He gave up the hit to Ciardiello in the seventh that put the Crusaders ahead. In all, Holy Cross scored three runs on nine hits while the Eagles scored two runs on five hits. Ciardiello also went two-for-three at the plate, leading the team with two huge RBI.
Holy Cross travels to New York, N.Y. next for a weekend doubleheader against Columbia. The first set of games will be played on Saturday, March 26 starting at 1:00 p.m. All games will be played on Robertson Field.