WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross sophomore shortstop Nick Lovullo (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) went 2-for-4 with two runs and a pair of RBIs to help lead the Crusaders to a 5-3 victory over Marist in non-conference baseball action on Wednesday evening at Fitton Field. With the win, Holy Cross improves to 8-15 on the season, while the Red Foxes fall to 7-18 overall.
The two teams were held scoreless through two and a half innings, before Holy Cross struck first in the bottom of the third. With one out, sophomore outfielder Bobby Indeglia (North Kingstown, R.I.) hit an infield single and moved over to third on a double during the next at bat by junior outfielder Evan Ocello (Camarillo, Calif.). Lovullo then ripped a base knock into center field to score both Indeglia and Ocello and make the score 2-0. On his single, Lovullo advanced to third base on a fielding error by the Marist centerfielder. Holy Cross senior outfielder Brandon Cipolla (Abington, Mass.) plated Lovullo during the next at bat on a sacrifice fly to give the Crusaders the 3-0 lead.
Marist, however, responded in the top of the fourth inning. With the bases loaded and two outs, second baseman Joey Aiola cleared the bags with a double to center field, which tied the game at 3-3. Holy Cross scored the go-ahead runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. With two outs, Lovullo got the rally started with a single up the middle. After he stole second, Cipolla walked to put two runners on base. Lovullo then moved over to third on a wild pitch and Cipolla swiped second base during the next pitch, which put the pair in scoring position. Lovullo gave Holy Cross the 4-3 lead, as he scored on a passed ball. Two batters later, sophomore first baseman Shane Sandoval (Westerly, R.I.) brought home Cipolla on an RBI-single through the left side to give the Crusaders the 5-3 advantage.
The Red Foxes put together a rally in the top of the eighth inning, as the first two batters of the frame drew walks. After a failed pickoff attempt put runners on the corners, Crusader sophomore reliever George Capen (Gainesville, Va.) struck out the next batter for the first out of the inning. He then forced a 5-4-3 double play ball to end the frame and preserve the two-run lead. Holy Cross sophomore relief pitcher Sean Gustin (Stoneham, Mass.) came on in the ninth and picked up his first career save, as the Crusaders would go on to claim the 5-3 victory.
Holy Cross used a total of nine pitchers in the game with freshmen Joe Cravero (Hanover, N.H.) and Justin Finan (Barrington, R.I.) leading the way with two innings apiece. Cravero earned the start and tossed two hitless frames with a pair of punchouts, while Finan picked up the win (2-1), allowing only one hit with three strikeouts. Marist relief pitcher Evan Davis was charged with the loss (1-4), as he allowed two runs on two hits in 3.2 innings pitched.
In addition to Lovullo for Holy Cross, sophomore catcher Connor Perry (Haverhill, Mass.) batted 2-for-4, as the Crusaders outhit the Red Foxes, 9-3.
Holy Cross returns to action on Saturday, April 5, when it makes the trek to Annapolis, Md. to take on Navy in a Patriot League doubleheader beginning at 12:00 p.m.