Pictured: Sean O'Hara had a two-run single for the Crimson in its home opener
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Holy Cross struck for eight runs in the fourth and fifth innings as the Crusaders downed Harvard in its 2011 home opener, 11-6, at O'Donnell Field on Wednesday.
Harvard (3-16) led 6-3 after three innings of play but the Crusaders' (12-10-1) four-run fourth inning was started by three walks and a hit batsmen by the Crimson bullpen. Following the free passes, Jack Laurendeau blooped a two-run single to right and Nick Ciardiello followed with a seeing-eye single through the left side to account for the big inning.
Holy Cross used four hits and two walks in the fifth inning as well against a Harvard staff that utilized 10 pitchers on the day in a tune-up for its Ivy League opening weekend.
After a two-run homer by Ciardiello in the top of the first inning staked Holy Cross to an early lead, the Crimson fought back with three runs in the bottom of the frame. Sean O'Hara singled sharply to center field, bringing home Dillon O'Neill 9single) and Sam Franklin (double) before Marcus Way singled home O'Hara.
Each team scored an unearned run in the second inning and Harvard grabbed its biggest lead at 6-3 in the third as Jeff Hajdin laced a two-run single to right to plate Danny Moskovits (single) and Way (single).
Franklin and Way had multi-hit games for the Crimson, which was out-hit by Holy Cross, 12-8 on the afternoon.
With Harvard clicking on all cylinders offensively in the early going, Holy Cross received timely relief from Andrew Boyce (1-0) with Boyce scattering two hits over 4.1 scoreless innings in which he fanned three batters.
Harvard received scoreless relief work from Jonah Klees (1.1 innings, 1 strikeout), Joey Novak, Jordan Haviland and Moskovits, who came on from first base to throw a scoreless eighth inning with a strikeout.
Alex Maldonado, Laurendeau and Ciardiello all had multi-hit games for HC at the top of the batting order with Laurendeau and Ciardiello each driving home three runs and Maldonado stealing two bases.