Volpi Homers Twice As Baseball Falls To #20 Connecticut, 9-6
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WORCESTER, Mass. – The Holy Cross baseball team (15-17) was edged by #20 Connecticut (23-12-1), 9-6 on Tuesday afternoon at Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field.
Sophomore Alex Volpi led the offense for the Crusaders, batting 3-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBIs. He notched a pair of home runs in the loss to give him four on the season. Sophomore Colton Hector hit 1-for-4 and tallied three RBIs for Holy Cross, while four other Crusaders crossed the plate. Troy Stefanski helped lead the offense for the Huskies, hitting 3-for-5 with three runs scored and an RBI. Anthony Prato also had a strong night, batting 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI.
Dan Rajkowski was credited with the win for UConn, allowing one run in two innings of relief. P.J. Poulin earned the save, finishing out the final inning with three batters faced. Freshman Kyle Johnson took the loss after allowing four runs on three hits.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Huskies got off to a quick start in the first inning, tallying two runs on one hit with an RBI ground out and a score off an error.
- UConn extended its lead in the second, as Michael Woodworth scored while Anthony Nucerino was caught stealing second.
- Holy Cross tied the game up in the third inning, posting three runs on a pair of hits. With the bases loaded, Hector tripled to right center and clear the bases to make it a 3-3 game.
- In the next frame, the Huskies responded in a big way to add four runs on three hits, giving them a 7-4 advantage.
- UConn posted two more runs in the sixth off an RBI single from Zac Susi and a fielder’s choice RBI from Thad Phillips.
- The Crusaders added two runs in the sixth, as Volpi homered after junior Kellen McCormick reached on a walk to cut the lead to four.
- Volpi then made it a three-run game in the eighth with a solo shot over the left field fence.
- Holy Cross returns to action this Saturday, April 28, as the Crusaders take on Army West Point on the road in a doubleheader at 2:00 p.m.