Baseball Falls To Nevada In Doubleheader

Patrick Puentes

RENO, Nev.  – Holy Cross senior Jordan Enos (Stockton, Calif.) hit .571 on the afternoon with four hits and four RBIs, as the Crusaders lost a twin bill to Nevada on Saturday afternoon at Peccole Park. Holy Cross lost 8-1 in the first game and was defeated 12-10 in the nightcap. With the losses, the Crusaders slip to 1-5 on the young season, while the Wolfpack improve to 7-4 overall.

Game 1

In the first game of the doubleheader, Nevada went ahead 2-0 after four innings of play. Holy Cross was able to put its lone run on the board in the sixth inning. With one out in the frame, senior Patrick Puentes (East Greenbush, N.Y.) ripped a double down the right field line. Junior Mike Ahmed (East Longmeadow, Mass.) walked on the next at-bat, but was picked off, which allowed Puentes to advance to third. Enos, in the next AB, hit a single to left field which scored Puentes and cut the deficit to 2-1 in favor of Nevada.

The Wolfpack struck for one run in the bottom of the sixth inning, before they put up five in the bottom of the seventh to go ahead 8-1. After the sixth inning, the Holy Cross offense could only muster one hit over the final three frames as Nevada claimed the victory.

Holy Cross starting pitcher Tom Marra (Sea Cliff, N.Y.) pitched 6.1 innings for the Crusaders as he was credited with the loss (0-2). He allowed four earned runs on six hits with one strikeout and four walks. Nevada starter Brayden Shipley picked up the win (2-0) as he pitched seven innings with one earned run and six hits to go along with seven strikeouts. The Wolfpack held the 8-6 advantage in the hitting department.

Game 2

In the second game of the day, Nevada was able to strike first as it scored in the bottom of the first to go ahead 1-0. After two scoreless frames by both teams, Holy Cross' offense erupted in the top half of the fourth inning. Freshman Nick Lovullo (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) began the inning with a single through the left side. After a strikeout by Ahmed, junior Brandon Cipolla (Abington, Mass.) walked to put runners on first and second. Enos then crushed a double down the right field line to score Lovullo and tie the score at 1-1.

Sophomore Jack St. Clair (Newton, Mass.) and junior Ted Cullinane (East Greenwich, R.I.) each hit RBI-singles in the next two at-bats to give HC the 3-1 advantage. Third-year Andrew Barry (Puyallup, Wash.) then hit a single to plate Enos and load up the bases. Sophomore Evan Ocello (Camirillo, Calif.) emptied the bags with a double to left center, which gave HC the 6-1 lead.

Nevada scored one in the bottom of the fourth inning, but Holy Cross got the run back on a leadoff Ahmed homerun, his second of the year, to but the Crusaders back up by six runs (7-2). Unfortunetly, Nevada was finally able to get to the Holy Cross pitching staff as it pushed across a run in the bottom of the fifth and six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning go to on top 9-7. Nevada's Austin Byler hit a grand slam in the bottom of the sixth – his second homer of the game and third of the day – to help the Wolfpack grab the lead.

The Crusaders would not go down without a fight as they scored three runs in the top half of the eighth inning. With two outs in the frame HC got a pair of singles by Lovullo and senior Stephen Wadsworth (Wayland, Mass.) and an RBI-base knock by Cipolla to make the score 9-8. Enos then hit a double into left center to plate Wadworth and Cipolla and give HC the 10-9 advantage. Nevada ultimately answered the bottom of the eight with three runs to go back on top, 12-10, a score which would remain for the final inning.

Holy Cross starting pitcher Donny Murray (Walpole, Mass.) pitched five innings and allowed four runs (three earned), five hits and walked five to go along with three strikeouts. Senior Andrew Boyce (Avon, Conn.) was charged with the loss (0-1) as he pitched one inning and allowed two earned runs. Sean Prihar picked up the win (1-0) for Nevada, even after allowing three runs in the eighth inning. Michael Fain earned his third save of the season for the Wolfpack with a perfect ninth inning. The Crusaders had 16 hits in the game compared to Nevada's 11.

In addition to Enos for Holy Cross, Cipolla and Barry each had four hits on the day. Cipolla went 3-for-4 in the second game with two runs scored, while Barry had two hits in each contest. Lovullo played in the second game and went 2-for-5 with a pair of runs scored.

The Crusaders will take on Nevada tomorrow on Sunday, March 03, to wrap up the three-game series with the Wolfpack. The first pitch will be at 4:00 p.m. from Peccole Park.