WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – Holy Cross sophomore outfielder Evan Ocello (Camarillo, Calif.) went 2-for-5 with two runs, two RBIs and a pair of stolen bases, to help lead the Crusaders to a 10-3 triumph over Hartford in non-conference baseball action on Tuesday afternoon at Fiondella Field. With the win, Holy Cross improves to 11-14 overall and has won nine of its last 10 contests, while the Hawks slip to 5-19 on the season.
Holy Cross broke the scoreless tie in the top of the second inning. Junior Brandon Cipolla (Abington, Mass.) led off the frame with a double and scored during the next at-bat on an RBI-double by senior Jordan Enos (Stockton, Calif.) to put the Crusaders on top 1-0. Two batters later, freshman Bobby Indeglia (North Kingstown, R.I.) ripped a two-bagger into right center, which plated Enos, and gave the Crusaders the 2-0 lead.
Hartford answered in the bottom half of the second as it rattled off three unearned runs to gain the 3-2 edge. Trey Stover of the Hawks had a two-RBI single during the frame as Hartford scored all three runs with two outs in the inning.
After no runs were scored by either team in the third inning, Holy Cross grabbed the lead back with three runs in the top of the fourth. Senior Stephen Wadsworth (Wayland, Mass.) led off the inning with single to center field. Wadsworth crossed home during the next at-bat as freshman Nick Lovullo (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) hit a line drive down the left field line to knot the score at 3-3. After walks to senior Alex Maldonado (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Ocello loaded the bases, junior Andrew Barry (Puyallup, Wash.) drew a free pass as well to plate Lovullo and push HC ahead, 4-3. Crusaders senior Patrick Puentes (East Greenbush, N.Y.) then hit a sacrifice fly to score Maldonado and give the Crusaders the 5-3 advantage.
Holy Cross tacked on four more runs in the top of the fifth inning to grab the 9-3 lead. With two outs and the bases loaded, Ocello and Barry hit back-to-back two-RBI doubles to put the Crusaders on top by six runs. Lovullo, Enos, Maldonado and Ocello all scored during the four-run fifth inning.
Holy Cross added its final run of the contest in the seventh inning as Barry hit a groundout to score Ocello and make the score 10-3.
Holy Cross senior starting pitcher Chris Kono (Greenwich, Conn.) earned the win (2-0) as he tossed seven innings and allowed three runs (zero earned) on six hits, while he walked two and struck out five. Senior Conor Moynihan (Worcester, Mass.) pitched two scoreless innings of relief for the Crusaders as he allowed one hit and fanned one batter. Hartford pitcher Austin Barnes was charged with the loss (0-1) as he surrendered three earned runs on two hits over 0.2 innings pitched.
Ocello was the only Holy Cross batter to have multiple hits in the contest. Barry went 1-for-4 at the dish with four RBIs, as Enos, Lovullo and Maldonado each scored two runs in the game. Every batter in the Holy Cross starting lineup had a hit this afternoon as the Crusaders led the category 10-7.
Holy Cross returns to action on Wednesday, April 3, when it travels to Poughkeepsie, N.Y. to take on Marist at 3:30 p.m.