Baseball has tough weekend in Worcester

Alex Bolinger, Contributing Writer

The Bison did not have the weekend that they expected when they traveled to Massachusetts to face the Holy Cross Crusaders. In the two double headers that they faced this weekend against the Crusaders they were not able to mark a win. These four wins marked Holy Cross’s first wins of the season in the Patriot League.

The first game of the double-header was Saturday and was the beginning of a tough weekend for the Bison. Unable to get the bats working, the Bison were only able to get two hits against the Crusaders from Peter Marren ’21 and Logan Kellerman ’23 respectively. On the mound, star senior pitcher Brendan Tuttle ’21 was charged with the loss after having a tough time identifying the strike zone. The Bison dropped the first game of the series 7-0.

The second game of the Saturday double-header did not prove any better for the Bison, even though they were able to get the bats more active. Managing eight hits but only able to bring in two batters, what really killed the Bison in game two on Saturday was Holy Cross’s nine runs scored in a three-inning stretch. The highlight of this game was the solid offensive performance by Marren, who notched three hits in four at bats. In the end the bison dropped the second game 10-2.

“We need to be better than how we performed this weekend and we all know that we can be. It’s about consistently putting together a performance on the field,” Marren said.

During Sunday’s double-header, the Bison were unable to find any more success. In game one, a pitching battle between the two squads, Holy Cross was able to just edge out the Bison. Although Chris Difiore ’23 pitched well in his six innings, the Bison still lost to the Crusaders 2-1.

In the second game, the Bison held a 2-1 lead going into the bottom of the ninth. This was the most confident the team had been all weekend, feeling that they were going to leave Worcester with at least one victory under their belt. This was a tough loss for the Bison mentally, as the Crusaders were able to punch in a run in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game and then add a walk off in extra innings. The Bison lost this game 3-2 and left Worcester 0-4 on the weekend.

After this weekend, the Bison sit at 5-13 on the year with a 5-9 record in conference. But with plenty of schedule remaining and a lot of talent on the team they still have an opportunity to turn it around. With 16 contests remaining on the schedule, all of which are Patriot League opponents, they should find opportunities to fight their way back into the Patriot League championship conversation. It all starts this weekend as they face a familiar foe, the Lehigh Mountain Hawks, in a three-game series on April 10-11.

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