WORCESTER, Mass.- The Holy Cross baseball team played in a final tune-up before the Patriot League Tournament, defeating inner-city opponent Anna Maria, 7-0, at Fitton Field. With the win, the squad finishes the regular season at 30-20, tying the most wins in program history. The last time a team eclipsed the 30-win mark was 1921. The AmCats finish their season at 23-17. Sophomore Andrew Barry (Puyallup, Wash.) tallied a team-high three hits on the day to lead all batters.
The Crusaders scored five runs in the bottom of the second to pull out to a 5-0 lead behind a big two-run double from sophomore Mike Ahmed (East Longmeadow, Mass.). Freshman Donny Murray (Walpole, Mass.) pitched two full innings, shutting out the AmCats. Junior Andrew Boyce (Avon, Conn.) came in to continue the team's shutout, pitching another two scoreless innings as the Crusader offense added two more runs in the bottom of the sixth to seal the 7-0 victory.
Murray earned the winning decision to improve his record to an unblemished 4-0. The Crusaders return to action as the No. 2 seed in the 2012 Patriot League Tournament, hosting No. 3 seed Navy in a best-of-three series over the May 12-13 weekend. Game times will be determined at a later date.