ROCK HILL, S.C. – The Holy Cross baseball team rallied back twice as sophomore Andrew Barry (Puyallup, Wash.) knocked in the game-winning run in the 10th, boosting the squad to a 4-3 win over Winthrop at the Winthrop Ballpark. With the decision, the squad moves to 5-6 on the season while the Eagles go to 2-14. Sophomore Mike Ahmed (East Longmeadow, Mass.) propelled the team's offense on the day, going 3-for-5 with two RBI and one run scored.
Winthrop went ahead 1-0 in the bottom of the second inning, homering against junior starter Tom Marra (Sea Cliff, N.Y.). Senior Steve Tkowski (Bourne, Mass.) helped the Crusaders tie the score, 1-1, in the top of the fourth inning, doubling in the first at-bat, advancing to second on a single by junior Patrick Puentes (East Greenbush, N.Y.) and then scoring the tying run on an error by Winthrop's second baseman.
The Crusaders moved ahead, 3-1, in the top of the fifth as Ahmed homered for the second time in his career, sending home junior Jordan Enos (Stockton, Calif.). Marra continued to pitch well from the mound in the third, fourth and fifth innings before allowing one run on one hit in the bottom of sixth as Winthrop made it a 3-2 game. Marra then pitched a hitless seventh inning before being relieved by junior John Colella (Herndon, Va.) in the eighth. Ahmed added a double in the eighth, but was picked off before getting the chance to score another Crusader run.
Colella held Winthrop to no runs in the eighth but allowed a double and one run to score in the bottom of the ninth as the Eagles tied it up, 3-3. The Crusaders battled right back as Barry knocked in the game-winning run in the top of the 10th, scoring Enos who doubled to start off. Colella returned to the mound in the top of the 10th and got the Winthrop batters out in order, saving the team's one run lead as Holy Cross finished ahead by the 4-3 score.
Colella earned the winning decision on the day, improving his record to 1-1 overall. He allowed one run on one hit while striking out three in three innings pitched. Marra pitched a solid seven innings in the no decision, allowing two runs on three hits while striking out seven. Winthrop's releiver, Michael Gilroy, tallied the losing decision after allowing the run to score in the 10th inning. He goes to 0-2 on the season. In all, Holy Cross collected four runs on nine hits. Winthrop scored three runs on four hits and made two errors.
Holy Cross heads home for the week before returning to action at the Red Storm Tournament hosted by St. John's. The Crusaders will play in a weekend series against the host Red Storm and Albany with the first game set for Saturday, March 17. The Crusaders will take on the Great Danes that day at 4:00 p.m. All games will be held at Kaiser Stadium in Queens, N.Y.