LEWISBURG, Pa.– Junior John Colella (Herndon, Va.) tallied his 14th career save in game two, breaking the Holy Cross baseball career saves record as the team split in doubleheader action with Bucknell at Depew Field. Holy Cross lost the first game 3-1 and then won the second by the exact same 3-1 tally. With the decisions, the squad moves to 12-11 (1-1 Patriot League) on the season while the Bison go to 13-12 (1-1 PL). Sophomore Mike Ahmed (East Longmeadow, Mass.) led the squad offensively on the day, going 3-for-6 at the plate and driving in a team-best four runs.
Two costly Crusader errors, along with a RBI double allowed Bucknell to jump ahead 3-0 in the bottom of the first inning. Junior starter Tom Marra (Sea Cliff, N.Y.) settled in after the first, allowing one additional hit through the fourth. Holy Cross scattered three hits through the first four innings, but was unable to put runners in scoring position.
Junior Jordan Enos (Stockton, Calif.) doubled for his second hit in the game in the top of the fifth and moved to third on a single by sophomore Andrew Barry (Puyallup, Wash.). Freshman Evan Ocello (Camarillo, Calif.) loaded the bases for Holy Cross after getting hit by a pitch. Ahmed sent Enos home on a sacrifice fly as Holy Cross left two runners on in the inning but pulled within two runs, 3-1. Marra allowed one final hit in the sixth but kept Bucknell scoreless as senior Chris Sintetos (Bethesda, Md.) provided the final piece of offense for the Crusaders, singling in the sixth. No Holy Cross players would score again, however, as the squad fell by the 3-1 final tally.
Despite keeping the Bison scoreless for five innings, Marra tallied the loss to move to 2-2 on the season. He threw a full six innings, allowing one earned run on five hits while striking out two batters. Bucknell's starter, Dan Weigel, pitched the full seven innings for the win. He moves to 6-1 on the season and allowed one run on six hits and struck out three. In all, Holy Cross scored one run on six hits, committing two errors while the Bison scored three runs on five hits.
Senior Matt Croglio (Fayetteville, N.Y.) got the start in game two and pitched two scoreless innings before Holy Cross put runs on the board first. In the top of the third, Ahmed sent out his team-leading fourth home run of the season, a three-run shot that sent Barry and Ocello home on the play as Holy Cross went ahead 3-0. The Bison scored once in the bottom of the fourth on a RBI single to make it a 3-1 game. Croglio allowed just two more hits and was replaced with one runner on and two outs in the top of the seventh by Ahmed. Ahmed worked with junior Alex Maldonado (Brooklyn, N.Y.) to get the final out, catching the Bison base runner in a run down.
Junior Patrick Puentes (East Greenbush, N.Y.) collected an extra-base hit in the fifth inning, but the Holy Cross offense did not put up another run after the third inning. Ahmed collected a strikeout in the eighth and kept the Bison from scoring before Colella came in to pitch in the bottom of the ninth for the save opportunity. Colella struck out two of the three batters he saw, getting the Bison down in order to complete the game as Holy Cross won by the final 3-1 score.
Croglio tallied the winning decision on the day, improving to 2-2 on the season. He threw 6.2 innings, allowing one run on six hits while striking out three batters. Bucknell's starter, Bryson Hough, picked up the loss, dropping to 1-4 on the year. He allowed two earned runs on seven hits and struck out six in eight innings pitched. Colella earned his fifth save on the season, striking out two in one inning pitched. In all, Holy Cross scored three runs on seven hits, committing one error while the Bison scored one run on six hits, committing one error.
The Crusaders wrap up the weekend series with Bucknell tomorrow, April 1. Doubleheader action begins at 12:00 p.m. at Depew Field in Lewisburg, Pa.