April 20, 2014
Army 5, Holy Cross 1
WORCESTER, Mass. – Gunnar Carroll allowed just one run, and Alex Jensen belted his team-leading third home run of the season to lead the Army baseball team to a 5-1 victory over Holy Cross in the first game of a Patriot League doubleheader Sunday afternoon. The victory was the Black Knights’ (26-12, 10-4 PL) third straight over the Crusaders (11-26, 3-10 PL), clinching the four-game series and extending their winning streak to four games.
Army scored three unearned runs in the first inning to take the lead for good. The Crusaders got one back on the home half of the inning, but the Black Knights were able to add insurance runs in the fourth and sixth to set the final score. The Crusaders outhit the Black Knights, 7-6, but made four errors, including three that aided Army’s three-run rally in the opening frame.
Carroll threw Army’s third straight complete, scattering seven hits over seven innings. He struck out four and walked two to improve to 7-1 on the season. After giving up the run in the Crusaders’ first at-bat, Carroll did not allow another Crusader past second base in the final six innings.
Jensen had two hits, both for extra bases. In addition to his home run, he also smacked a double. Mark McCants extended his hitting streak to four games with his third mutli-hit outing in that span. He also scored a run. Jon Crucitti snapped an 0-for-14 in the series with a sixth-inning single. Crucitti reached base four times, including two errors and a walk. He drove in one run and scored another.
Ben White (0-4) was the losing pitcher. He allowed all five runs, two of them earned, on four hits. He struck out five and walked one in five and two-thirds innings. Andrew Barry led the Crusaders’ offense with two hits, while Brandon Cipolla drove in the lone run.
Crucitti reached on an error to start the game and then beat the throw to second on Harold Earls’s sacrifice bunt. The Crusaders’ second miscue of the inning loaded the bases, and Patrick Mescher drove in the first run with a sacrifice fly. With two outs, Earls and McCants executed a double steal, and Earls was able to score when the throw to second got away for the third error of the inning. McCants advanced the final 90 feet on a passed ball.
The Crusaders started their half of the first with a walk and a double. After a strikeout, Cipolla chased home the run with a sacrifice fly.
Army tacked on a run in the fourth on Jensen’s home run, and scored the final run in the sixth on an RBI single by Crucitti.