CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Holy Cross senior first baseman Jordan Enos (Stockton, Calif.) went 3-for-5 (.600) on the day with three runs scored, while freshman infielder Nick Lovullo (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) batted .500 (2-for-4) with three RBIs, as the Crusaders defeated Harvard, 9-4, in non-conference baseball action at O'Donnell Field on Wednesday afternoon. With the win, Holy Cross improves to 7-13 on the season and extends its winning streak to five straight while the Crimson fall to 3-15 overall.
Holy Cross was able to break the scoreless tie in the top of the second inning. After senior outfielder Patrick Puentes (East Greenbush, N.Y.) walked to begin the inning, Enos extended his hitting streak to six games with a single into right field to put runners on first and second. Senior catcher Stephen Wadsworth (Wayland, Mass.) then laid down a sacrifice bunt to move over the runners, as Lovullo ripped a double into left field during the next at-bat to plate Puentes and Enos, which give the Crusaders the 2-0 lead.
Harvard countered in the bottom half of the second as Tanner Anderson hit an RBI-double to score Brandon Kregel, which cut the Crimson deficit to 2-1. The Crusaders were able to add another run in the third as Puentes hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score junior Mike Ahmed (East Longmeadow, Mass.) and increase the Crusader lead to 3-1.
Holy Cross extended its lead in the top of the fourth inning. Wadsworth led off the frame with a walk and stole second base, which set the stage for Lovullo to drive him in during the next at-bat on an RBI-single. Senior shortstop Alex Maldonado (Brooklyn, N.Y.) then singled through the left side to keep the rally going, as sophomore outfielder Evan Ocello (Camarillo, Calif.) lined a triple to right field on the next at-bat to score Lovullo and Maldonado and give the Crusaders the 6-1 advantage. After Harvard was able to record the first two outs of the frame, junior outfielder Brandon Cipolla (Abington, Mass.) plated Ocello on a double to right field to make the score 7-1.
The Crusaders supplemented their lead in the fifth inning with an RBI by Maldonado to score Enos and make the score 8-1. In the seventh, Holy Cross plated its final run of the contest on an error by Harvard, on which Enos scored his third run of the game to put the Crusaders ahead 9-1.
The Crimson tried to get back into the game in the bottom of the seventh inning as their offense started to ignite. Harvard scored three runs during the frame, capped off with a Kregel RBI-triple to make the score 9-4. The Crimson, however, had one hit over the final two innings as the Crusaders would claim the victory.
Holy Cross sophomore pitcher Jeremy Perron (Bradenton, Fla.) picked up his first collegiate win (1-0) as he tossed three hitless innings out of the bullpen to go along with a trio of strikeouts. Starter George Perrotta (Eastchester, N.Y.) pitched two innings for the Crusaders as he allowed one earned run on three hits. Holy Cross senior John Colella (Herndon, Va.) tossed two scoreless frames and only allowed one hit, while he fanned three. Harvard starting pitcher Baron Davis was charged with the loss (1-2) as he allowed five earned runs on four hits over three innings pitched.
Enos, Ocello and Lovullo all had multi-hit games for the Crusaders, as Holy Cross held the 9-8 advantage in the hits over Harvard.
Holy Cross will hold its home and Patriot League opener on Saturday, March 30 at Fitton Field with a doubleheader versus Bucknell beginning at 2:00 p.m. The Crusaders and Bison will also play a twin bill on Sunday, March 31 at Fitton Field with the first pitch at 1:00 p.m.