STORRS, Conn. – The Holy Cross baseball team could only muster four hits on the afternoon, as it was defeated by Connecticut, 8-0, on Wednesday, May 1 at J.O. Christian Field. With the win, UConn improves to 27-19 overall, while the Crusaders slip to 25-23 on the season.
After two scoreless innings, Connecticut was able to put a pair of runs on the board in the bottom of the third inning to grab the 2-0 advantage. The Huskies could have increased their lead even more, as they had the bases loaded with one out, but an inning-ending 1-2-3 double play by Holy Cross halted the Connecticut rally.
The Huskies, however, rallied for two runs in the bottom of the fourth and then put up four more scores in the bottom half of the fifth to increase their lead to 8-0.
Holy Cross tried to break the shutout in the top of the seventh inning. With two outs, freshman infielder Nick Lovullo (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) singled to center field and moved over to second as classmate Bobby Indeglia (North Kingstown, R.I.) drew a walk. Holy Cross, however, could not push a run across the plate as it would be held scoreless for the rest of the game.
Crusaders junior pitcher Mike Ahmed (East Longmeadow, Mass.) was charged with the loss (3-4), surrendering three earned runs and five hits over three innings pitched. Holy Cross' final three pitchers, seniors Josh Hauser (Dallas, Texas), George Perrotta (Eastchester, N.Y.) and freshman Colin Brown (Sonoma, Calif.) combined to toss three scoreless innings to close the game. Hauser and Perrotta did not allow a hit, while Brown only surrendered one base-knock. UConn pitcher Max Slade earned his first win of the season with four scoreless innings pitched.
UConn outhit the Crusaders 11-4 as no Holy Cross player had multiple hits in the contest.
Holy Cross will return to action on Saturday, May 4, when it hosts Anna Maria at 12:00 p.m. at Fitton Field.