WORCESTER, Mass. — Holy Cross piled up 16 hits against four of the University of Maine’s six pitchers on Tuesday afternoon to claim a 10-5 baseball victory at Fitton Field.
Evan Ocello drove in three runs with a home run and two doubles as the Crusaders (12-27) dealt the Black Bears (14-22) their third straight loss.
Brandon Cipolla singled three times and scored two runs for Holy Cross, while Anthony Critelli knocked in two runs with a double and a single and Jack St. Clair plated two runs with two singles. Bobby Indeglia added two singles with an RBI.
Reliever Zach Fox (1-0) picked up the win for the hosts, limiting the Black Bears to three hits and no runs in his three innings of work. Collin Manning closed out the contest with two scoreless innings, giving up only one hit.
Luke Morrill of South Thomaston (0-1) absorbed the loss. He was the third UMaine pitcher to appear and allowed four hits and three runs in only two innings.
Brian Doran paced the Bears offense with three singles and an RBI, while Alex Calbick also singled three times. Nick Bernardo stroked a solo home run and a single, while Shane Bussey posted two singles.
The Crusaders broke a 5-5 tied in the bottom of the fourth inning against Morrill. Cipolla led off with a single to center field and raced to third on Critelli’s double down the left-field line.
Morrill retired the next two hitters, but was called for a balk that allowed the eventual winning run to score.
Holy Cross tacked on two insurance runs each in the fifth and eighth innings. In the field, Ocello lined a one-out double, Nick Lovullo walked and both executed a double steal.
St. Clair then grounded a single to left to push both runs across.
In the eighth, Cipolla and Chris Minteer walked, before Connor Perry and Andrew Barry delivered run-scoring singles.
UMaine had jumped out to a 2-0 lead with an uprising in the top of the second inning. Jonathan Salcedo drew a one-out walk, moved up on a wild pitch and scored when Jake Osborne reached on an error. Bussey singled to right to score the second run.
However, the Crusaders responded with five runs in the second inning. The Bears tallied a run in the third and two more in the fourth to tie it, but would not score again.
UMaine returns to action Friday at 5 p.m. with the first of four games in three days against New York Institute of Technology at Mahaney Diamond in Orono.