Baseball Upsets #4 Texas A&M, 7-3, In Extra Innings

Mike Ahmed

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Holy Cross baseball team rallied for a game-changing four run 10th inning, breaking a 3-3 tie to beat No. 4 Texas A&M, 7-3, at Blue Bell Park. With the decision, the Crusaders end the day with a record of 1-1 while the Aggies suffer their first loss, going to 5-1. The win comes as the program's first victory over a top-10 program in recent history. Junior Jordan Enos (Stockton, Calif.) led the team offensively on the day, collecting two hits and two RBI, including his second career home run.

After Texas A&M scored one run in the first on a walk, Enos put Holy Cross on the board in the top of the second inning, hitting the team's first home run of the season. Sophomore Kyle Stearns (Orland Park, Ill.) followed with a single and then later scored on a double by freshman Evan Ocello (Camarillo, Calif.). Junior Alex Maldonado (Brooklyn, N.Y.) completed the Crusaders' three-run inning with a RBI single, sending Ocello home as Holy Cross took a 3-1 lead.

Senior starter Matt Croglio (Fayetteville, N.Y.) held the Aggies scoreless through the second through fourth innings and was replaced by junior Tom Marra (Sea Cliff, N.Y.) with two runners on in the top of the fifth. The Aggies got one run back in the inning on a sacrifice fly, making it a 3-2 game. A Texas A&M RBI single in the sixth tied the score up 3-3. Ocello collected one hit in the seventh but the teams remained scoreless through the ninth inning as A&M loaded the bases in the ninth, coming up short and sending the game into extra innings for the second straight day. Sophomore Mike Ahmed (East Longmeadow, Mass.) got the Crusaders out of the jam, collecting two crucial outs in his season debut on the mound.

The Crusaders rallied for four runs in the top of the 10th, as senior Chris Sintetos (Bethesda, Md.) came up with the inning's first RBI hit, sending Maldonado home who led the inning off with a walk. Ahmed, who moved Maldonado into scoring position on a single, scored the second run on a single by Enos. Texas A&M pitching followed with two walks, including a RBI walk by sophomore Brandon Cipolla (Abington, Mass.), scoring Sintetos. Sophomore Andrew Barry (Puyallup, Wash.) gave the Crusaders one last run to make it a 7-3 game, sending Enos home on a sacrifice fly. Ahmed returned to the mound in the bottom of the 10th, picking up three outs in three at-bats to secure the Holy Cross victory and earning his first career win.

Ahmed pitched a total of 1.2 hitless innings, facing a total of six batters for the win. Croglio allowed two runs on two hits and struck out four in the start. Junior Kyle Martin picked up the loss for Texas A&M, allowing four runs on three hits in 2.1 innings pitched. In all, Holy Cross scored seven runs on nine hits while the Aggies notched three runs on seven hits. Neither team committed an error in the game. Holy Cross wraps up the three-game series against A&M on Sunday, February 26. Game time is slated for 1:00 p.m. EST at Blue Bell Park in College Station, Texas.