Maggie Flaherty ’20
The Holy Cross baseball team (3-18) went 1-3 on a pair of doubleheaders last weekend against Northeastern University (10-10) at Friedman Diamond in Brookline, MA.
In the opening game of the day, the Huskies used dominant pitching to get ahead. Northeastern southpaw Sean Mellen struck out the first 7 of 10 batters he faced. Mellen continued to pitch himself out of tough situations despite numerous Holy Cross attempts to battle back – especially in a bases-loaded jam after Crusader junior Alex Volpi’s double in the fifth inning. Holy Cross junior Zane Hedaya only allowed one hit in his three innings pitched, and Crusader pitchers only gave up a total of three hits, but the lone run of the game came in the bottom of the sixth inning when an errant throw allowed Husky baserunner Kyle Peterson to advance to third base. A slow-paced sacrifice single to the right side was enough to bat Peterson in for the deciding run of the game.
Northeastern took the second game of the doubleheader 6-3. The Crusaders led 2-1 early, until Northeastern added four unanswered runs. Holy Cross senior Alex Gionis tripled in the seventh and was batted in on a sacrifice fly by Volpi to close the gap to 5-3. Northeastern shut down other HC attempts and added an insurance run in the seventh to close out the win.
Northeastern did not make an error in any of the sixteen innings played on Saturday.
Holy Cross outhit Northeastern in both games of Sunday’s doubleheader. The Crusaders etched out a win in Game One, defeating the Huskies 8-4 in seven innings. Alex Gianis batted 1-2 with three RBIs, first-year Ben Malgeri went 1-3 and scored two runs, and junior Austin Masel hit a double with an RBI.
The Crusaders took a 4-0 lead in the first inning after Masel and Malgeri singled and Northeastern pitcher Brandon Dufault walked four consecutive batters. However, Northeastern battled back to tie the game in the second inning. The Crusaders went on to score four unanswered runs, thanks to a Masel ground rule double and Gionis’s two-RBI single in the seventh.
Sophomore Liam Dvorak pitched six innings, allowing just four hits and notching six strikeouts in his performance.
Northeastern narrowly won Game Two 8-7. The Huskies got the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning after Holy Cross came back to tie the game 7-7. Sophomore Peter Dudunakis went 2-4 in the game and batted in three runs.
First-year Ben Malgeri reached base in 12 consecutive games for a .550 on-base percentage. Malgeri also has had at least one hit in each of his last five games. This feat earned him the Crusader of the Week award.
The Crusaders bounced back from the last loss of the Northeastern series with a 11-2 win over UMass Amherst on Tuesday. Gionis led the Crusaders with three RBIs, while Dudunakis continued his hot streak by going 3-4. Sophomore starting pitcher Noah Luckenbaugh threw three hitless innings for the Crusaders.
This weekend, Holy Cross is set to host another pair of double-headers as Patriot League play kicks off. On Saturday, Navy will travel to Worcester for the Crusaders’ home-opener at Fitton Field. On Sunday, HC will take on Bucknell for two games. The early games will start at 1:00 P.M., while first pitch for the afternoon games is slated for 4:00 P.M.