WORCESTER, Mass. – The University of Maine baseball team fell to Holy Cross 10-5 on Tuesday afternoon in Worcester, Mass. Brian Doran (Ayr, Ontario) and Alex Calbick (Burnaby, British Columbia) each had three hits for the Black Bears, while Nick Bernardo (Glenmont, N.Y.) belted a home run in the game.
Maine falls to 14-22 on the season, while Holy Cross improves to 12-27.
Each team put up crocked numbers in the second inning. Maine scored a pair of runs in the top of the frame. Jonathan Salcedo (Providence, R.I.) walked and scored when Jake Osborne (Burlington, Ontario) reached on an error. Osborne scored the second run of the inning when Doran singled to center field.
Holy Cross answered back with five runs in the bottom of the stanza. Connor Perry walked and Bill Schlich singled through the right side. Evan Ocello followed with a three-run home run to left field. Nick Lovullo walked and Jack St. Clair singled to left field. Brandon Cipolla then singled through the left side to load the bases. Anthony Critelli followed with a two-run singled to left field scoring Lovullo and St. Clair.
Bernardo belted a home run to right field in the top of the third inning to pull Maine to within two runs. For Bernardo, it was his first home run.
Maine tied the game with a pair of runs in the top of the fourth inning. Osborne walked and Shane Bussey (Boynton Beach, Fla.) singled to left. Both runners advanced a base on a wild pitch. Osborne scored on a second wild pitch and Bussey advanced to third. Bussey scored when Troy Black (Mississauga, Ontario) hit a sacrifice fly.
Holy Cross took the lead back in the bottom of the fourth. Cipolla singled, moved to third when Critelli doubled and scored on a balk. The Crusaders added a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to extend their lead to 8-5. Ocello doubled and Lovullo walked. Both runners scored when St. Clair singled through the left side.
The Crusaders added a pair of runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to push their lead to 10-5.
Maine used seven pitchers in the game. Logan Fullmer (Lebanon, Pa.) went 1.2 innings and allowed five runs on six hits. Jeff Gelinas (Saco, Maine) scattered three hits over 1.1 innings. Luke Morrill (South Thomaston, Maine) surrendered three runs on four hits over two innings. He suffers the loss and falls to 0-1 on the season. Burk FitzPatrick (Berwyn, Pa.) did not allow a hit in two innings of relief. Chris Piteo (Middle Village, N.Y.) began the eighth inning and allowed two runs. Charlie Butler (Marlborough, Mass.) replaced Piteo and did not allow a run on three hits.
Holy Cross used six pitchers in the game. Justin Finan allowed two runs, one of which was earned, in 1.2 innings. George Capen allowed one run in 1.1 innings. Jeremy Perron surrendered two runs in a third of an inning. Zach Fox pitched a game-high three innings and allowed just three hits. Sean Gustin pitched two thirds of an inning and retired both batters that he faced. Collin Manning went two innings of scoreless relief.
Maine returns to action on Friday, April 25 when it starts a four-game series with NYIT. First pitch is slated for 5 PM from Mahaney Diamond.