NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Holy Cross junior outfielder Evan Ocello (Camarillo, Calif.) combined to go 6-for-10 with four runs scored and two runs batted in to help lead the Crusaders to a pair of victories over Yale, 16-6 and 8-3, in non-conference baseball action on Sunday afternoon at Yale field. With the wins, the Crusaders improve to 6-13 on the season, while the Bulldogs fall to 7-9 overall.
Game 1: Holy Cross 16, Yale 6
After a scoreless first inning by both squads, the Crusaders, who played as the home team, put up five runs in the bottom of the second inning to gain the 5-0 lead. Holy Cross freshman third baseman Anthony Critelli (Holmdel, N.J.) and sophomore catcher Connor Perry (Haverhill, Mass.) both drew walks to begin the frame and senior second baseman Andrew Barry (Puyallup, Wash.) was hit by a pitch to load the bases with one out. Critelli scored to begin the rally on an RBI-single by sophomore outfielder Bobby Indeglia (North Kingstown, R.I.). Ocello then came to the plate and brought in both Perry and Barry on a two-RBI single to make the score 3-0. Two batters later, Crusaders senior outfielder Brandon Cipolla (Abington, Mass.) plated both Indeglia and Ocello on a single through the left side to give the Crusaders the 5-0 advantage.
Yale got one run back in the top of the third inning, but Holy Cross junior designated hitter Jack St. Clair (Newton, Mass.) hit his first home run of the season over the left field wall in the bottom of the third to make the score 6-1. The Crusaders struck for three runs in the bottom half of the fourth inning to gain the 9-1 lead. Indeglia got the frame started with a double into the right-center gap. After back-to-back groundouts by Holy Cross, Cipolla doubled to plate Indeglia for the inning's first run. St. Clair then scored Cipolla on a base knock to make the score 8-1, before Perry singled home St. Clair to give the Crusaders the 9-1 lead.
The Bulldogs fought their way back into the contest in the top of the fifth inning, as they scored five runs to cut the deficit to 9-6. Holy Cross, however, put the game away with a seven-run sixth inning to make the score its final 16-6. Perry launched his first collegiate home run during the frame to bring in a pair of runs, while Cipolla had a two-RBI single in the inning for Holy Cross.
Crusader junior starting pitcher Donny Murray (Walpole, Mass.) picked up the win (2-2), as he allowed five runs on six hits over 4.2 innings pitched. Murray walked three batters and had a trio of strikeouts. Crusader freshmen pitchers George Capen (Gainesville, Va.) and Joe Cravero (Hanover, N.H.) combined to pitch 2.1 perfect innings out of the bullpen. Yale starter Chris Lanham, was charged with the loss (3-1), as he surrendered nine earned runs on nine hits in 3.2 innings of work.
Cipolla led the Crusaders in the opening contest, as he went 3-for-4 with two runs, a double and five RBIs. Ocello batted 3-for-5 with two runs and a pair of RBIs, while Indeglia (3-for-4, 3 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI), St. Clair (2-for-3, 3 R, HR, 2 RBIs) and Perry (2-for-2, 2 R, HR, 3 RBIs) all had multiple hits in the game. Holy Cross held the 14-7 edge in total hits and the 5-2 edge in extra-base hits.
Game 2: Holy Cross 8, Yale 3
In the second game of the twin bill, the Crusaders struck first with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning to earn the 2-0 edge. With two outs in the frame, Cipolla started the rally with a single to center field. After St. Clair was hit by a pitch, Critelli plated Cipolla on and RBI-single, while Critelli scored on a base knock by Perry to make the score 2-0.
The Crusaders held the two-run lead over the next three innings, as the two teams combined for three hits, but Yale put up three runs in the top of the fifth to go ahead, 3-2. The lead was short lived, however, as Holy Cross earned the advantage back in the bottom of the fifth inning. St. Clair and Perry scored on a Perry single to begin the frame, while Perry crossed home on an RBI-single by freshman first baseman Bill Schlich (Massapequa, N.Y.) to give Holy Cross the 5-3 lead.
Holy Cross tacked on another run in the bottom of the sixth, as Ocello scored on a RBI-groundout by St. Clair to give the Crusaders the 6-3 lead. Holy Cross scored the final two runs of the contest in the bottom half of the eighth inning. Indeglia doubled to begin the frame and moved over to third on a single by Ocello in the next at bat. Indeglia scored on a failed pickoff attempt as Ocello advanced to second base. He then stole third base and scored on an RBI-single by sophomore shortstop Nick Lovullo (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) to make the score its final, 8-3.
Crusader senior righty Nate Walker (San Diego, Calif.) picked up the win on the mound (1-2), as he allowed three runs on seven hits, while fanning three batters over five innings of work. Freshmen Jon Escobar (Inverness, Ill.) and Zach Fox (Los Gatos, Calif.) threw four scoreless innings out of the bullpen and only allowed two hits. Yale starting pitcher Michael Coleman was charged with the loss (1-1), as he yielded five runs on nine hits in 4.1 innings pitched.
Ocello went 3-for-5 with two runs and a double, while Critelli also went 3-for-5 with one run and one RBI. Perry (2-for-4, 1 R, 2 RBIs) and Indeglia (2-for-4, 1 R, 2 2B) each had multiple hits for Holy Cross, who held the 14-9 edge in the hitting department.
The Crusaders return to action on Tuesday, March 25, when they will travel to UMass for a 3:00 p.m. contest.