Baseball Rallies For Two Wins Over Stony Brook In Doubleheader Action

Chris Sintetos

WORCESTER, Mass. – A one-run, complete game outing from junior righty Tom Marra (Sea Cliff, N.Y.) boosted the Holy Cross baseball team to a doubleheader sweep of Stony Brook at Fitton Field. Holy Cross won the first game 3-1 and the second 5-3. With the decisions, the squad moves to 10-9 on the season while the Seawolves go to 14-8. Senior Chris Sintetos (Bethesda, Md.) batted .500 on the day, tallying two RBI to lead the team offensively.

Game One

After two scoreless innings, Stony Brook tallied the game's first run on a solo home run off of Marra in the top of the third. The Crusaders answered right back as sophomore Mike Ahmed (East Longmeadow, Mass.) put Holy Cross one run up on a two-run home run in the bottom half of the inning, scoring freshman Evan Ocello (Camarillo, Calif.). Sophomore Andrew Barry (Puyallup, Wash.) gave the Crusaders a two-run advantage, 3-1, in the bottom of the fifth, tallying a RBI double to score junior Stephen Wadsworth (Wayland, Mass.). Marra's effort came full circle as he allowed just one more hit in the final three innings, shutting out the Seawolves and keeping Holy Cross ahead by the final 3-1.

Marra earned his second win on the season, improving to 2-1 overall after pitching his first complete game this spring. He threw seven innings, allowing one run on three hits while striking out a two batters. Stony Brook's starter, Frankie Vanderka tallied the loss, dropping to 1-2 on the season. He allowed three runs on four hits and struck out two. In all, Holy Cross scored three runs on four hits, committing one error while the Seawolves scored one run on three hits.

Game Two

Sintetos put the Crusaders on top 1-0 in the bottom of the second, sending out a solo home run, his first extra-base hit on the day. The Seawolves came back to tie it, 1-1, in the top of the fifth, scoring the run off junior starter Chris Kono (Greenwich, Conn.). Stony Brook then took a two-run edge, 3-1, in the top of the sixth inning, putting together four hits in the inning. Sintetos made it a one-run game, 3-2, in the bottom half of the sixth, scoring junior Alex Maldonado (Brooklyn, N.Y.), who singles to reach, on a RBI groundout.

Junior John Colella (Herndon, Va.) replaced Kono on the mound with two outs in the seventh and got all four batters he faced in the seventh and eighth out, including two strikeouts. With score at 3-2 in the bottom of the eighth, Maldonado started the Crusaders' three-run, three-hit inning with a single. He advanced on a sac bunt and then scored the tying run on a single by junior Jordan Enos (Stockton, Calif.). Sintetos followed with another single to put runners in scoring position while senior Steve Tkowski (Bourne, Mass.) followed with a walk to load the bases. A wild pitch allowed Enos to score the go-ahead run as all runners moved up one base. Sophomore Brandon Cipolla (Abington, Mass.) then gave the Crusaders some breathing room, sending Sintetos home for the final run in the inning as Holy Cross moved up 5-3. Colella returned to pitch the top of the ninth as Stony Brook went down in order. With the final out, the Crusaders won game two by the final 5-3 score.

Colella earned his third win of the season in relief, improving to 3-1 overall He threw 2.1 hitless innings, striking out three. Stony Brook's reliever, Jasvir Rakkar, tallied the loss and drops to 2-2 overall. He allowed three runs on three hits and struck out one. In all, Holy Cross scored five runs on eight hits, while the Seawolves scored three runs on seven hits.

Holy Cross heads to in-state opponent UMass next on Tuesday, March 27. Game time is set for 3:00 p.m. at Earl Lorden Field in Amherst, Mass.