April 18, 2012

Baseball Takes Two In Doubleheader At Brown

PROVIDENCE, R.I – The Holy Cross baseball team combined for 21 runs and 21 hits, taking two games from non-conference opponent Brown in a doubleheader at Murray Stadium. The Crusaders won game one, 12-6, and then took game two 9-0. With the decisions, the squad moves to 23-16 while the Bears go to 7-26. Sophomores Mike Ahmed (East Longmeadow, Mass) and Andrew Barry (Puyallup, Wash.) put together a total of seven hits and three RBI in the two games as Ahmed went 4-for-4 at the plate in game one.

Game One

Each team posted three runs in the first inning, playing to a 3-3 tie as Ahmed led off with a double and then scored the game's first run on a sacrifice fly by junior Stephen Wadsworth (Wayland, Mass.). Senior Chris Sintetos (Bethesda, Md.) also tallied a RBI sac fly in the outing. The Crusaders came back to take a 6-3 lead in the top of the second as junior Josh Olson (Woodbury, Minn.) notched a RBI double, followed by a RBI single from Barry and a RBI groundout from junior Alex Maldonado (Brooklyn, N.Y.). Sintetos then boosted Holy Cross to a 7-4 lead on his third home run of the season in the top of third.

Brown answered with one run on one hit off junior starter Chris Kono (Greenwich, Conn.) to make it 7-5 in the bottom half of the third, but the Crusaders remained hot at the plate, tacking on two runs on two hits in the top of the fourth. Maldonado picked up a RBI single to score Olson, who walked to lead off, while junior Patrick Puentes (East Greenbush, N.Y.) scored Ahmed for the second run on a sacrifice fly, giving Holy Cross a 9-4 lead. Kono shut down the Brown offense for the fourth and fifth innings, allowing just two additional hits as the Crusaders connected for three more runs on three hits in the top of the sixth, including a RBI single by Wadsworth to move ahead 12-4. Junior Conor Moynihan (Worcester, Mass.) relieved Kono in the bottom of the sixth with one out and returned to pitch the seventh as the Bears added two final runs in the last half inning. With the two runs, the Crusaders finished ahead by the final 12-6 tally.  

Kono finished with the winning decision, improving to a record of 3-1. He pitched 5.1 innings, allowing three earned runs on six hits, walked one and struck out two. Brown's starter, Chris Smith, picked up the loss, dropping to 0-2 on the season. He allowed three earned runs on four hits and struck out one in one fill inning of work. In all, Holy Cross scored 12 runs on 13 hits and committed two errors while the Bears scored six runs on eight hits and made three errors in the seven innings.

Game Two

Wadsworth put the Crusaders on the board early in the second game, knocking out a two-run home run and scoring Puentes on the play to put Holy Cross on top 2-0. Four Crusader runs came across in the top of the second as the squad loaded the bases and then scored on a walk, hit-by-pitch and RBI groundout by Maldonado to pull ahead 6-0. Barry made it a 7-0 game in the top of the third, driving home Sintetos, who doubled to lead off, on a fielder's choice play. Freshman starter Ryan Filipowicz (Yardley, Pa.) pitched 2.2 hitless innings, striking out two before being relieved by fellow freshman Donny Murray (Walpole, Mass.) in the bottom of the third.

Murray allowed one hit in the bottom of the fourth before striking out two Bears to get out of the jam as Tkowski singled and then scored on a wild pitch to put the Crusaders up 8-0 in the top of the fifth. The teams played one final inning due to darkness as the Crusaders tacked on the last run. Puentes singled and then scored on a fielder's choice play in the top of the sixth, making it a 9-0 game. Freshman Collin Manning (Charlotte, N.C.) pitched the bottom half of the inning, walking one and tallying a strikeout as Holy Cross finished ahead by the final 9-0 score.

Filipowicz earns his first career victory in the affair, moving to 1-0 on the season. He shut down the Bears for 2.2 innings, walking two and striking out two. Brown's starter, Mark Gormley, picked up the losing decision, dropping to 1-4 overall. He pitched one full inning, allowing six runs on two hits and walked three. In all, Holy Cross scored nine runs on eight hits while the Bears tallied two total hits.

The Crusaders continue Patriot League action this weekend, traveling to Lehigh for a four-game set. Due to weather on Sunday, the series will now begin with a doubleheader on Friday, April 20. All games will be played at Goodman Campus in Bethlehem, Pa.