NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Holy Cross freshman third baseman Anthony Critelli (Holmdel, N.J.) combined to go 5-for-7 with two runs and a pair of RBIs, as the Crusaders split a doubleheader with Yale on Saturday afternoon at Yale Field. Yale won the first game 4-3, while Holy Cross claimed the 10-3 victory in the nightcap. The Crusaders advance their record to 4-13 on the season, while the Bulldogs are now 7-7 overall.
Holy Cross struck first in opening inning to gain the early 2-0 lead. Crusader junior outfielder Evan Ocello (Camarillo, Calif.) was hit by a pitch to lead off the frame. After he stole second base two batters later, he advanced to third on a flyout. After junior designated hitter Jack St. Clair (Newton, Mass.) drew a walk, Ocello scored on an RBI-single by sophomore catcher Connor Perry (Haverhill, Mass.) for the inning's first run. During the next at bat, St Clair made the score 2-0 on an RBI-base knock by Critelli
Yale was able to rally in the bottom of the third inning to gain the 3-2 lead. Bulldog first baseman Jacob Hunter drove in all three runs on a two-out bases-clearing triple to give Yale the lead. Holy Cross, however, knotted the score at 3-3 in the top half of the fifth inning, as freshman first baseman Bill Schlich (Massapequa, N.Y.) launched his first collegiate home run over the left field wall.
The Bulldogs broke the stalemate in the bottom of the sixth inning, as right fielder David Toups scored on a groundout after he led off the inning with a triple. Holy Cross tried to mount a comeback in the top of the seventh inning, but Yale closer Cale Hanson earned the save by retiring the Crusaders in order.
Bulldog starting pitcher Chasen Ford picked up the win with three runs allowed on five hits over six innings pitched. Holy Cross junior reliever Ryan Filipowicz (Yardley, Pa.) was charged with the loss (0-3), as he surrendered the game-winning run in 1.2 innings of work. Yale held the 7-5 advantage in total hits in the game.
After a scoreless opening inning by both teams, Holy Cross scored the contest's first run in the top of the second, as Critelli hit his second home run of the season to lead off the frame and give the Crusaders the 1-0 lead. Yale responded with a run in the bottom of the second inning, however, to tie the game at 1-1.
The score remained knotted until Holy Cross grabbed the lead in the top of the fifth. With one out, Crusader shortstop Nick Lovullo (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) hit a ground rule double and stole third during the next at bat. Holy Cross outfielder Brandon Cipolla (Abington, Mass.) then drove in Lovullo on an RBI-double to give the Crusaders the 2-1 lead. Cipolla scored during the next at-bat on an RBI-single by St Clair to put Holy Cross on top 3-1. St Clair scored later in the inning on a wild pitch to give the Crusaders the three-run lead (4-1).
Holy Cross tacked on one run in the top of the sixth inning with an RBI-single by Lovullo to plate sophomore outfielder Bobby Indeglia (North Kingstown, R.I.) and give the Crusaders the 5-1 advantage. Yale, however, cut the deficit to 5-3 in the bottom of the sixth inning, with a pair of runs in the frame.
The Bulldogs had a chance to score in the bottom of the eighth inning, as they had two runners on with one out, but Holy Cross freshman reliever Jon Escobar (Inverness, Ill.) came out of the bullpen and struck out the next two batters to end the Yale rally.
The Crusaders added five insurance runs in the top of the ninth inning to make the score 10-3. St Clair and Cipolla scored the first two runs of the frame on a throwing error, while Critelli added the third score on a sacrifice fly by senior second baseman Andrew Barry (Puyallup, Wash.). Indeglia then hit a two-run home run – the first long ball of his career – to make the score its final, 10-3.
Holy Cross freshman starting pitcher Phil Reese (Frederick, Md.) picked up the win on the mound (2-2), as he tossed 5.2 innings and allowed two runs on six hits with a pair of punchouts. Yale starting pitcher David Hickey was charged with the loss as he surrendered four runs on seven hits over 4.1 innings pitched.
In the second game, Critelli went 4-for-4 with two runs and a solo home run. Ocello and Lovullo each had two hits, while Indeglia went 2-for-5 with two runs and a pair of RBIs. Both teams had 12 hits apiece.
Holy Cross and Yale will conclude their four-game series tomorrow, Sunday, March 23, with a doubleheader set for 1:00 p.m. in New Haven, Conn.