NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Holy Cross senior first baseman Jordan Enos (Stockton, Calif.) batted .857 (6-for-7) during both contests with three runs and a pair of RBIs, as the Crusaders defeated Yale, 5-4 and 7-6, in a twin bill at Yale Field on Saturday afternoon. With the wins, Holy Cross improves to 4-13 on the season, while Yale slips to 1-11 overall. Holy Cross senior Andrew Boyce (Avon, Conn.) picked up both wins out of the bullpen for the Crusaders as he pitched 3.2 scoreless innings in relief.
Yale broke the scoreless tie in the top of the second inning with three runs to grab the early 3-0 lead. The Crusaders answered with a pair in the bottom of the second inning. With two outs in the frame, freshman Connor Perry (Haverhill, Mass.) ripped a two-RBI double to left field to plate senior Stephen Wadsworth (Wayland, Mass.) and Enos to cut the deficit to 3-2.
Holy Cross knotted the score at 3-3 in the bottom of the fourth inning as Perry hit a sacrifice fly to score Enos. The Bulldogs, however, grabbed the lead in the top of the fifth inning with on a bases loaded walk to make the score 4-3.
The Crusaders rallied in the bottom of the fifth inning as they pushed across two runs to gain the 5-4 advantage. Junior Andrew Barry (Puyallup, Wash.) scored the first run of the frame to tie the score as Enos singled to right field to plate junior Brandon Cipolla (Abington, Mass.) and give Holy Cross its first lead of the contest at 5-4.
Holy Cross pitchers Boyce and senior Mike Ahmed (East Longmeadow, Mass.) pitched two scoreless frames as Ahmed picked up his first save of the season to give the Crusaders the 5-4 win. Senior John Colella (Herndon, Va.) started the game for Holy Cross as he pitched 4.1 innings and allowed four earned runs and eight hits. He walked four batters and fanned three. Yale starting pitcher Chris Moats (0-1) was charged with the loss as he went five innings on the bump and allowed five runs (three earned) and nine hits.
Enos went 3-for-3 in the contest with two runs scored as Wadsworth hit 2-for-3 with one run. The Crusaders outhit Yale 10-8 in the game.
In the second game of the doubleheader, Yale scored one run in the top of the first inning to lead 1-0. After two scoreless innings by both teams, Holy Cross was able to grab the lead in the bottom of the fourth. With two outs, Enos hit a single to left field. Wadsworth, during the next at-bat, launched a home run to left to give the Crusaders the 2-1 edge. The blast was Wadsworth's first of the season.
Holy Cross put up a three runs in the bottom half of the fifth inning. Sophomore Evan Ocello (Camarillo, Calif.) led off the inning with a walk and went to second on a single by Barry. After Ahemd pushed both runners over on a sacrifice bunt, Cipolla lined a double to centerfield to plate Ocello and Barry to give Holy Cross the 4-1 lead. Enos then followed that with a double to center as well to score Cipolla and give the Crusaders the commanding 5-1 advantage.
Yale, however, rallied and scored four runs in the top of the seventh inning to knot the score at 5-5. All of the Bulldogs' runs during the frame came after the first two batters recorded an out. Yale then scored one run in the eighth to go on top 6-5.
However, the Crusaders would answer in the bottom of the ninth. With two outs in the inning, Ahmed reached first on an error to get the rally going. During the next at-bat, Cipolla singled up the middle and Ahmed moved over the third to put runners on the corners. Perry then ripped a base-hit to score Ahmed and knot the score at 6-6. After Wadsworth walked to load the bases, senior Patrick Puentes (East Greenbush, N.Y.) hit a single to right field to score Cipolla and give the Crusaders the walk-off 7-6 triumph.
Boyce (2-2) picked up his second victory of the day with two scoreless innings of relief. He allowed only one hit as he struck out four batters. Holy Cross sophomore pitcher Donny Murray (Walpole, Mass.) had a no-decision as he pitched 6.2 innings and allowed five earned runs and nine hits. He fanned five batters and had zero walks. Yale pitcher Michael Coleman (0-3) was charged with the loss as he pitched 4.1 innings and allowed two runs and a pair of hits.
Cipolla, Enos and Puentes all had multi-hit games for the Crusaders, while both teams had 12 hits apiece in the contest.
Holy Cross was the home team in both games as it could not play the twin bill at Fitton Field due to field conditions.
The Crusaders will return to action on Sunday, March 24 as it will conclude the four-game series at Yale with a doubleheader beginning at 1:00 p.m.