Baseball Beats Out Siena, 6-4

Patrick Puentes

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. – Junior righty George Perrotta (Eastchester, N.Y.) earned his first collegiate start and shined on the mound as the Holy Cross baseball team defeated its final non-conference opponent of the season, Siena, 6-4 at Siena Field. With the decision, the squad moves to 27-18 while the Saints go to 13-29. Perrotta pitched a full five innings for the win, allowing two runs on four hits while striking out four Saints.

Sophomore Brandon Cipolla (Abington, Mass.) put the first Holy Cross run on the board, singling to send senior Chris Sintetos (Bethesda, Md.) home from second base. A Siena fielding error allowed two more runs to cross in the inning as Cipolla and sophomore Ted Cullinane (East Greenwich, R.I.) scored on the play to make it a 3-0 game. Perrotta allowed just one base runner and struck out two Siena batters through the first three innings as Holy Cross hung on to the 3-0 lead

The Saints got one run back in the bottom of the fourth, scoring on a RBI double to left center. Back-to-back RBI singles by juniors Patrick Puentes (East Greenbush, N.Y.) and Stephen Wadsworth (Wayland, Mass.) put the Crusaders back out front, 5-1, in the top of the fifth as sophomore Andrew Barry (Puyallup, Wash.) and junior Alex Maldonado (Brooklyn, N.Y.) scored the runs. After Perrotta struck out the first two batters in the bottom of the fifth, Siena tallied a RBI single to make it a 5-2 game. Freshman Ryan Filipowicz (Yardley, Pa.) took over pitching duties for Perrotta in the sixth and did not allow a run as the score remained 5-2 after six full innings.

Puentes capitalized on a Saints fielding error in the top of the seventh, notching his second RBI in the game and scoring sophomore Mike Ahmed (East Longmeadow, Mass.) from third. The play allowed the Crusaders to pull ahead 6-2 as Filipowicz returned to pitch a scoreless bottom half of the seventh. Cullinane tallied his first career double in the top of the eighth as Holy Cross put runners on the corners but no runs across. Junior Josh Hauser (Dallas, Texas) took over pitching duties in the bottom half of the inning, striking out two batters in a three-up, three-down inning for the Saints. Siena loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth and scored twice, picking up two hits off of junior John Colella (Herndon, Va.). Colella picked up the final out as the Saints flied out to left to end the game and the scoring threat. With the final out, Holy Cross escaped by the final 6-4 score.

Perrotta earned the win to improve to 1-0 overall. Siena's reliever Jim Meindl picked up the losing decision to drop to 1-4. He pitched two full innings, allowing one earned run on two hits and struck out three Crusader batters. In all, Holy Cross scored six runs on eight hits, committing one error while the Saints scored four runs on eight hits, committing four errors.

The Crusaders compete in their final regular season Patriot League series this upcoming weekend, hosting first-place Army on Saturday and Sunday, April 28-29. The series begins with a doubleheader at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday at Fitton Field.  The squad's four seniors will be honored prior to the game.