Baseball Defeats In-State Rival Boston College, 3-1

Chris Kono

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Junior starter Chris Kono (Greenwich, Conn.) pitched seven strong innings, giving up just one run as the Holy Cross baseball team topped in-state foe Boston College, 3-1, at Shea Field. With the decision, the squad moves to 8-7 on the season while the Eagles go to 6-12. Junior Jordan Enos (Stockton, Calif.) led the squad offensively on the day, going 3-for-4 at the plate and driving in one run.

Holy Cross tallied the first run in the top of second inning, loading the bases and scoring on a RBI groundout from sophomore Andrew Barry (Puyallup, Wash.). Kono started strong from the mound, keeping Boston College hitless through the first three innings.

The Eagles tied up the score, 1-1, in the bottom of the fourth, scoring on a sacrifice fly. The Crusaders then scored two runs in the top of the sixth to take back a 3-1 lead. Junior Patrick Puentes (East Greenbush, N.Y.) reached on an error and then scored on a RBI single by Enos. Sophomore Brandon Cipolla (Abington, Mass.) then sent the second run home as senior Steve Tkowski (Bourne, Mass.) scored on Cipolla's sacrifice fly.

Kono kept the Eagles scoreless in the fifth through sixth innings, allowing no more hits and was replaced by junior John Colella (Herndon, Va.) in the bottom of the eighth. The Eagles put two runners with no outs on but Colella pitched out of the jam as Holy Cross headed into the ninth inning ahead, 3-1. After a scoreless top of the ninth, Colella returned to pitch the bottom half, striking out two batters and allowing no runs to score, boosting the team to its 3-1 victory.

Kono earned his second win on the season, improving to 2-0 overall He threw seven innings, allowing one run on three hits while striking out a season-high five batters. Colella pitched the final two innings, shutting down the Eagles and struck out four. He earned a team-best third save in the appearance. Boston College's reliever, John Gorman, picked up the loss, going to 0-1 overall on the year. He allowed one earned run on two hits and struck out two. In all, Holy Cross scored three runs on four hits, committing one error while the Eagles scored one runs on five hits, committing four errors.

Holy Cross holds its 2012 home opener this upcoming weekend, welcoming Columbia for doubleheader action on March 24. The first game of the series is set for 1:00 p.m. at Fitton Field in Worcester, Mass.