CHARLESTON, S.C. – Holy Cross junior designated hitter Jack St. Clair (Newton, Mass.) and freshman third baseman Anthony Critelli (Holmdel, N.J.) both had four hits apiece to help lead the Crusaders to a doubleheader split versus Charleston Southern in non-conference baseball action on Saturday afternoon at CSU Ballpark. The Buccaneers won the first contest, 1-0, in a 15-inning affair, while the Crusaders claimed the 7-1 victory in game two. Holy Cross is now 3-3 on the season, while Charleston Southern advances its record to 8-3 overall.
In the first game of the doubleheader, both teams struggled to get any production out of their offenses. The Crusaders had chances over the first nine innings of the game, as they left two runners on base four times. The Buccaneers failed to have more than one base runner on base over the first 12 innings, but in the bottom of the 13th, they had a chance to end the game. With a runner on second base and one out, Sam Remnick ripped a single into left field. Andrew Locklear came around third base trying to score, but he was thrown out at the plate.
Charleston Southern would end the game in the bottom of the 15th inning, as Remnick scored on a sacrifice fly by Alex Tomasovich. Holy Cross left a total of 14 runners on base in the contest, compared to 10 for the Buccaneers.
Charleston Southern pitcher Tyler Weekley earned the victory (2-0), as he tossed five innings of relief and allowed two hits, while fanning five batters. Crusader freshman starting pitcher Ben White (Holden, Mass.) pitched 6.1 innings and allowed no runs on three hits, while striking out a pair. Holy Cross sophomore pitcher Colin Brown (Sonoma, Calif.) was charged with the loss, as he came on in the 15th inning and allowed one unearned run.
St. Clair, Critelli and senior second baseman Andrew Barry (Puyallup, Wash.) all had two hits in the contest. Holy Cross held the slim 9-8 edge in total hits.
In the nightcap, Holy Cross struck first in the opening frame, as junior outfielder Evan Ocello (Camarillo, Calif.) plated sophomore shortstop Nick Lovullo (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) on a fielder's choice to give the Crusaders the 1-0 edge. The Buccaneers answered in the bottom of the second inning, as Nate Blanchard drove in Will Hartsell on an unearned RBI-single to knot the game at 1-1
After two scoreless innings by both teams, Holy Cross broke the stalemate in the top of the fifth inning. With one out in the frame, sophomore outfielder Bobby Indeglia (North Kingston, R.I.) and Lovullo singled on back-to-back at bats. Two batters later, Ocello was hit by a pitch to load up the bases. During the next at bat, senior outfielder Brandon Cipolla (Abington, Mass.) unloaded the bases with a three-RBI double into the right-center gap to give the Crusaders the 4-1 lead. After Cipolla advanced to third on a wild pitch, he crossed home on an single by St. Clair to put Holy Cross on top 5-1.
Holy Cross added to its lead with a pair of insurance runs in the top of the seventh inning to grab the 7-1 lead. St. Clair began the scoring with his second RBI-single of the game to plate Ocello, while Cipolla scored the final run of the frame on a sacrifice fly by sophomore catcher Connor Perry (Haverhill, Mass.). Charleston Southern only had three hits for the remainder of the contest, as Holy Cross would go on to claim the 7-1 victory.
Holy Cross freshman starting pitcher Phil Reese (Frederick, Md.) picked up his first collegiate victory (1-1), as he tossed six innings and allowed one unearned run on four hits, while striking out four batters. The Crusader bullpen of freshmen George Capen (Gainesville, Va.) and Brendan King (Brookline, Mass.), and sophomore Sean Gustin (Stoneham, Mass.) pitched three scoreless innings of relief to secure the win. Charleston Southern starter Levi Mauldin was charged with the loss (1-1), as he surrendered five earned runs and seven hits in 4.2 innings pitched.
Lovullo led the Crusaders in game two with a 3-for-5 performance at the plate, while Ocello, St. Clair and Critelli all had multiple hits. Holy Cross outhit the Buccaneers 12-7 in the nightcap.
The Crusaders continue their series at Charleston Southern on Sunday, March 2, with the first pitch set for 3:00 p.m.