STARKVILLE, Miss. – Holy Cross sophomore shortstop Nick Lovullo (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) batted 3-for-5 with two runs and a pair of RBIs, while junior starting pitcher Donny Murray (Walpole, Mass.) allowed one run in seven innings pitched to help lead the Crusaders to a 6-1 victory over No. 7 Mississippi State in non-conference baseball action on Sunday afternoon at Dudy Noble Field. With the win, Holy Cross evens its record to 2-2 on the season, while the Bulldogs fall to 4-4 overall. The Crusaders split the four-game series with Mississippi State this weekend, winning the final two contests.
The Crusaders struck first with a run in the opening frame, as Lovullo got the inning going with a leadoff infield single. He advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored during the next at-bat, as senior Andrew Barry (Puyallup, Wash.) hit an RBI-single into left center to give the Crusaders the 1-0 lead.
Holy Cross increased its lead with four runs in the top of the fourth inning to gain the 5-0 advantage. With runners on second and third and one out, sophomore Bobby Indeglia (North Kingstown, R.I.) plated freshman Anthony Critelli (Holmdel, N.J.) on a base hit through the left side for the first run of the inning. Lovullo then brought home both Indeglia and sophomore Connor Perry (Haverhill, Mass.) on a two-RBI single to put Holy Cross up by four. Lovullo scored the final run of the frame on a base knock by junior Evan Ocello (Camarillo, Calif.) to give the Crusaders the five-run advantage.
Mississippi State's lone run of the game came in the bottom of the fifth inning, as Jake Vickerson plated Kyle Hann to make the score 5-1. Holy Cross added its final run of the contest in the top of the ninth, as junior Jack St. Clair (Newton, Mass.) laid down a sacrifice-squeeze bunt to score Ocello and make the score its final, 6-1.
Murray picked up the victory in his first start of the season (1-0), as the righty tossed seven innings and allowed one run on six hits, while fanning four batters. Holy Cross junior Ryan Filipowicz (Yardley, Pa.) pitched two no-hit innings of relief to secure the victory. Bulldog starter Dakota Hudson was charged with the loss (0-1), as he went three innings and surrendered one earned run and five hits.
In addition to Lovullo, Ocello went 2-for-4 at the plate with a double, a run scored and an RBI, while Barry, St. Clair, Critelli, Indeglia and senior Brandon Cipolla (Abington, Mass.) all had one hit apiece in the contest. Holy Cross outhit Mississippi State 10-6 in the series finale.
The Crusaders return to action on Saturday, March 1, when it will travel to Charleston Southern for a doubleheader beginning at 2:00 p.m.