Championship Series Live Coverage - Game 1

Bob Fouracre and Paul Pearl

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You can also listen live to the game on www.sportsjuice.com, where Bob Fouracre and Paul Pearl will be calling the plays for the Crusaders.

And here are the starting lineups, first for the visiting Bucknell Bison:

Batting first, the shortstop, #1, senior Ben Allen
Batting second and catching, #28, senior B.J. LaRosa
Batting third, the second baseman, #2, senior Ben Yoder
Batting fourth, the right fielder, #24, senior Andrew Brouse
Batting fifth, the first baseman, #26, junior Doug Shribman
Batting sixth, the left fielder, #42, junior Drew Constable
Batting seventh, the center fielder, #23, Bob Donato
Batting eighth, the designated hitter, #7, sophomore Scott Reed
Batting ninth, the third baseman, #11, sophomore Dave Duffett

And on the mound for the Bison, #21, junior Dylan Seeley.
Seeley enters the contest with an ERA of 3.81 and a record of 5-3.

 

Bucknell is led by head coach Gene Depew in his 29th season and is the fourth seed in the tournament.

And starting for YOUR Holy Cross Crusaders:

Batting first, the right fielder, #1, junior Jack Laurendeau
Batting second the second baseman, #2, senior John Sills
Batting third, the third baseman, #15, senior Matt Perry
Batting fourth, and catching, #32, freshman Stephen Wadsworth
Batting fifth, the first baseman, #12, junior Eric Oxford
Batting sixth, the designated hitter, #33, sophomore Steve Tkowski
Batting seventh, the left fielder, #13, junior Nick Ciardiello
Batting eighth, the center fielder, #24, junior Brendan McCrea
Batting ninth, the shortstop, #34, freshman Alex Maldonado

And on the mound for the Crusaders, #25, sophomore Nate Koneski.
Koneski enters the contest with an ERA of 3.41 and a record of 6-2.

Holy Cross is led by head coach Grege DiCenzo in his third season and is the third seed in the tournament.

Weather is a beautiful 70 degrees and mostly sunny skies.

Top First
Allen hits first pitch swinging to Sills, who stretches out and makes throw to Oxford at firstbase for out number one.

LaRosa grounds out to second base, Sills, for two quick outs.

Yoder pops up to first baseman. Three out.

For Bucknell in the first, no runs on no hits, three up, three down.

Bottom First
Laurendeau grounds out to pitcher, one out.

Sills flies out to centerfield, two out.

Perry singles to left field, two out, one runner on.

Wadsworth flies out to shortstop, three out.

For Holy Cross in the first, no runs, one hit, no errors, one left on base.

At the end of one inning, Holy Cross 0, Bucknell 0 

Top Second
Brouse grounds out to Sills, one out.

Shribman smacks ball right at Perry at third base, who throws to Oxford for second out.

Constable flies out to Laurendeau in right field, three out.

For Bucknell in the second inning, 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 left on base.

Bottom Second
Oxford flies out centerfield, one out.

Tkowski flies out to deep left field, two out.

Ciardiello reaches first on an error by Allen.

McCrea flies out to centerfield, three out.

For Holy Cross in the secon inning, 0 runs, 0 hits, 1 error, 1 left on bade

At the end of the second inning, Bucknell 0, Holy Cross 0

Top Third

Donato grounds out to second base, one out.

Reed strikes out looking for Koneski's first strikeout on the evening.

Duffett strikes out, out at first base, three out.

For Bucknell in the third inning, 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 left on base.

Bottom Third
Maldonado singles through the left side, no out, one runner on.

Maldonado steals second base, his 11th on the season.

Laurendeau flies out to center, Maldonado tags and advances to third base, one out, one runner on.

Sills walks. Runners on the corners, one out.

Perry singles through the right side, scoring Maldonado and advancing Sills to third base. Holy Cross goes up 1-0 with one out, two runners on!

Wadsworth grounds into a double play to end the inning.

For Holy Cross in the third inning, 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 0 left on base.

At the end of the third inning, Holy Cross 1, Bucknell 0

Top Fourth
Allen flies out to centerfield, one out.

LaRosa singles through left side.

Yoder reaches first on a fielder's choice, LaRosa out at second, two out.

Brouse homers to centerfield, scoring Yoder. Bucknell takes 2-1 lead with two outs.

Shribman strikes out, out at first base, three out.

For Bucknell in the fourth inning, 2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 0 left on base.

Bottom Fourth
Oxford reaches on an error by the third baseman, Duffett.

Tkowski singles to the left fielder, two on, no out.

Ciardiello flies out to centerfield, Oxford advances to third base. Two on, one out.

McCrea doubles down the left field line, out at second on throw in from left field. Oxford and Tkowski score on the play, giving Holy Cross a 3-2 lead with two out.

Maldonado strikes out swinging, three out.

For Holy Cross in the fourth, two runs, two hits, 1 error, 0 left on base.

At the end of the fourth, Holy Cross 3 Bucknell 2

Top Fifth
Constable flies out to right field, one out.

Donato flies out to shortstop, two out.

Reed flies out to McCrea in centerfield, three out.

For Bucknell in the fifth, 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 left on base.

Bottom Fifth
Laurendeau doubles down the third base line, one on, no out.

Sills grounds out to the shortstop, Laurendeau advances to third, one on, one out.

Perry hits a grounder to the second baseman, allowing Laurendeau to score. Holy Cross goes up 4-2 with two out, no runners on.

Wadsworth walks, two out, one runner on.

Oxford flies out to left centerfield, three out.

For Holy Cross in the fifth, 1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 left on base.

At the end of the fifth inning, Holy Cross 4 Bucknell 2

Top Sixth
Duffett singles up the middle, one on, no out.

Allen flies out to McCrea, one on, one out.

LaRosa flies out to Laurendeau in right field, one on, two out.

Yoder flies out to left field, three out.

For Bucknell in the sixth, 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 left on base.

Bottom Sixth
Tkowski grounds out to the shortstop, one out.

Ciardiello singles past the shortstop, one on, on out.

McCrea reaches first on a fielder's choice, Ciardiello out at second, one on, two out.

Maldonado hits into a fielder's choice, McCrea out at second. Three out.

For Holy Cross in the fifth, 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 left on base.

At the end of six, Holy Cross 4 Bucknell 2

Top Seven
Brouse strikes out looking, Koneski's fourth strikeout on the evening.

Shribman grounds out to the shortstop, Maldonado, two out.

Constable singles through the left side, one on, two out.

Donato singles up the middle, two on, two out.

Reed flies out to Laurendeau in right field, three out.

For Bucknell in the seventh, 0 runs, 2 hits, 0 erros, 2 left on base.

Bottom Seven
Laurendeau ground out to the second baseman, one out.

Sills grounds out to the shortstop, two out.

Perry singles through the right side, his third hit of the day, one on, two out.

Wadsworth homers to centerfield! Holy Cross takes 6-2 lead!

Oxford grounds out to the second baseman, three out.

For Holy Cross in the seventh, 2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 0 left on base. Wadsworth's home run was his third of the season.

At the end of seven innings, Holy Cross 6, Bucknell 2

Top Eight
Duffett lines out to Sills at second, one out.

Allen doubles off the left center wall, one on, one out.

LaRosa flies out to deep centerfield, one on, two out.

Yoder singles to centerfield, scoring Allen for the Bison's third run of the day. One on, two out.

Brouse singles to Maldonado, advancing Yoder. Two on, two out.

Shribman lines out to Maldonado at short, three out.

For Bucknell in the eighth, one run, three hits, 0 errors, two left on base.

Bottom Eight
#4 Matt Lamore replaces Seeley on the mound for Bucknell.

Tkowski grounds out to third base, one out.

Ciardiello singles through right center, one on, one out.

McCrea flies out to deep centerfield, one on, two out.

Maldonado singles past the second baseman, Ciardiello advances to second base. Two on, two out.

Laurendeau pops up to the shortstop, three out.

For Holy Cross in the eighth inning, 0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 2 left on base.

At the end of the eighth inning, Holy Cross 6, Bucknell 3

Top Nine
Koneski remains on the mound.

Constable walks, one on, no out.

Donato homers to centerfield, making it a one run game, 6-5.

Reed hits first pitch out of the park to tie the game at 6-6.

Senior Bobby Holmes, #20, replaces Koneski on the bump.

Duffett reaches first on an error by Perry.

Allen grounds out to third base, Duffett advances to second. One on, one out.

LaRosa strikes out swinging, one on, two out.

Yoder singles through the right side, scoring Duffett for the go-ahead run. One on, two out. Bucknell up 7-6.

Brouse lines out to Perry at third base, three out.

For Bucknell in the ninth, 4 runs, 3 hits, 1 error, 1 left on base.

Bottom Nine
# 22 Steve Carlin, takes the mound for Bucknell.

Sills strikes out looking, one out.

Perry walks, one on, one out.

Wadsworth flies out to right field, one on, two out.

Perry advances to second on a passed ball from Carlin.

Oxford singles up the middle, scoring Perry to tie the score at 7-7. One on, two out.

Senior Chris Blanchard, #5, pinch runs for Oxford at first.

Tkowski doubles over the right fielder's head as Blanchard rounds the bases for 8-7 HOLY CROSS WIN!

Holy Cross wins by the final score of 8-7, taking game one of the three game series.