Baseball Edged by Holy Cross in Non-Conference Doubleheader

Baseball Edged by Holy Cross in Non-Conference Doubleheader
WORCESTER, Mass. – The Brown baseball team allowed just one run on five hits and Will Marcal (Lexington, Mass.) went 2-for-3 at the plate in the second contest, but the Bears dropped a pair of seven-inning games at Holy Cross, 7-0 and 1-0, in Wednesday's non-conference doubleheader at Fitton Field.

Brown now stands at 3-26 on the season, while Holy Cross moved to 18-20 overall.

Nate Walker started for the Crusaders in the opener and pitched five innings of shutout ball to earn the win before George Perrotta came in for the final two innings of relief. Kevin Carlow (Mystic, Conn.) was handed the loss for the Bears, giving up two runs in just one inning of work.

Holy Cross scored two runs in the opening frame on a pair of RBI singles for the early lead. Brown threatened to even up the score in the third as John Sheridan (Palo Alto, Calif.) led off with a single and stole second to get into scoring position. Jake Levine (Newton, Mass.) followed with a single to left field, but Sheridan was thrown out at the plate to halt the scoring chance.

The Crusaders scored four more runs on four hits in the bottom of the fourth, highlighted by Andrew Barry's two-run double, and went on to add another run in the fifth to seal the victory.

The second game featured strong pitching on both sides as Lucas Whitehill (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) got the start and held the Crusaders scoreless in 2.2 innings. Austin French (Orange, Conn.) took over from there, but was handed the loss despite allowing just one run on two hits in relief. Jeremy Perron went five innings as the starter for Holy Cross before giving way to Andrew Boyce, who earned the win with two effective innings of hitless play.

After five innings of scoreless play, the Crusaders managed to put up a run in the bottom of the sixth. Patrick Puentes led off the frame with a double, moved to third on a wild pitch and crossed the plate when Stephen Wadsworth singled to give the home side the one-run lead. Holy Cross sent the Bears down in order in the top of the seventh to hold on for the win.

The Bears return to action on Saturday, April 20 when they kick off a doubleheader against Harvard at 1 p.m.