WORCESTER, Mass. – Five Holy Cross players had multiple hit days as the Crusaders were defeated in a doubleheader against Navy in Patriot League baseball action on Sunday afternoon at Fitton Field. Navy took both games by scores of 5-1 and 7-1. With the pair of losses, Holy Cross drops to 16-20 overall (8-4 PL), while Navy evens its record at 19-19 overall (6-6 PL).
The Midshipmen tallied five runs to make the score 5-0 over the first six and a half innings of play, before the Crusaders struck for one in the bottom of the sixth. Sophomore Evan Ocello (Camarillo, Calif.) was hit by a pitch to lead off the frame. Two batters later, senior Patrick Puentes (East Greenbush, N.Y.) singled through the right side to put runners on the corners. Sophomore Jack St. Clair (Newton, Mass.) came into pinch hit, as he singled to score Ocello and cut the deficit to 5-1. The Crusaders, however, could not add to their lead.
Navy's Stephen Moore pitched a complete game, seven-inning performance and improved his record to 3-2. Holy Cross sophomore Donny Murray (Walpole, Mass.) was charged with the loss (3-3), as he pitched the first five innings and allowed four earned runs on seven hits. Murray struck out five batters.
Navy outhit the Crusaders 11-4 in the contest.
Navy wasted no time in the second game of the twinbill, as it came out with a two-run first inning. However, Holy Cross countered with a single run in the bottom of the first. Ocello led off the inning with a double, followed by a walk by junior Andrew Barry (Puyallup, Wash.) to put runners on first and second. Senior Jordan Enos (Stockton, Calif.) singled up the middle to score Ocello and make the score 2-1 in favor of Navy. The Crusaders were unable to score any more runs as they left three runners on base to end the inning.
The Midshipmen were able to add six more runs over the remaining innings to make the score 7-1, as Holy Cross had four hits during the last eight frames. In the bottom of the ninth Holy Cross loaded the bases, but were unable to cut into the Navy lead as the Mids claimed the 7-1 victory.
Junior pitcher Mike Ahmed (East Longmeadow, Mass.) worked the first four innings of the game and was charged with the loss (2-3). Ahmed allowed three runs (two earned) and five hits, while striking out two batters. Navy's Luke Gillingham picked up the win (2-3) and Brad Borosak earned his second save of the season.
Ocello went 2-for-5 and senior Alex Maldonado (Brooklyn, N.Y.) went 2-for-4 during the second game, as Navy outhit the Crusaders, 14-7.
Holy Cross returns to action on Wednesday, April 17, as it will host Brown in a non-conference doubleheader with a game one start of 4:30 p.m. at Fitton Field.