NORTHBOROUGH, Mass. — Holy Cross scored four times in the first inning and held Dartmouth scoreless until Kyle Holbrook hit a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth as the Crusaders (8-17) defeated the Big Green (13-8) on Wednesday night at the New England Baseball Complex, 5-2. It was the first victory for Holy Cross in the series since 2006 with Dartmouth winning the previous seven encounters.

Holy Cross had 10 hits on the night, two apiece by Bill Schlich, Cam O’Neill and Thomas Russo, and Schlich scored twice, including the first run after leading off the first inning with a double. After a sacrifice bunt, Austin Masel delivered an RBI single and promptly scored when Anthony Critelli followed with a double to center. O’Neill and Dan Vucovich also drove in runs with singles before Dartmouth starter Sam Fichthorn could retire the side.

The Dartmouth offense, averaging 6.6 runs per game on the season, were quieted for nearly the entire night by five Holy Cross pitchers, beginning with Zach Fox who surrendered just a pair of singles over three innings with three strikeouts. Declan Cronin relieved to start the fourth and put goose eggs on the board in the fourth and fifth despite walking two hitters, but giving up just one hit.

The Big Green did have one of their better scoring opportunities in the fifth, after Schlich had belted a solo homer in the fourth, his first of the year, to make it a 5-0 game. Junior Justin Fowler walked and classmate Hayden Rappoport stroked his second single of the night to put runners at first and second with one down. But Cronin got a fly to center and his lone strikeout to end the threat.

After Schlich’s four-bagger, the Crusaders had just three more base runners on a pair of hits and an error, but none in the same inning.

Danny Barlok took over on the mound in the sixth for Holy Cross and twirled two perfect innings, then Pat McGowan retired the side in order in the eighth. But Holbrook was able to deny the shutout bid with two gone in the ninth, belting his third round-tripper of the year over the fence in right, scoring junior Dustin Shirley who had singled.

Cronin (1-1) was credited with the victory for the Crusaders while Fichthorn (1-1) was saddled with the loss after yielding four runs in his one inning on the hill.

Freshman Austen Michel pitched well in relief for 3.2 innings, allowing one run on three hits while fanning five. Junior Clay Chatham punched out three in two scoreless innings of work, and rookie Tyler Fagler recorded two strikeouts in his lone inning.

After games outside of Hanover, Dartmouth will finally play its home opener on Saturday when it hosts Princeton (6-17, 2-2 Ivy) at Red Rolfe Field at Biondi Park for a noon doubleheader. The games will be streamed live on the Ivy League Digital Network with Wayne Young ’72 calling the action. Visitin for information on how to subscribe to the network.

Notes: Holbrook’s home run extended his streak of reaching base successfully to 13 games … Holy Cross now leads the all-time series 92-55-1.