Feb. 17, 2007
BEAUMONT, Texas. - Senior co-captain Norm Roth (Orange, Conn.) drove in five runs and went four-for-six, including a home run in game one as the Holy Cross baseball team split a doubleheader at Lamar to open up the 2007 season. The Crusaders won the first game by a score of 12-8, while the Cardinals won the second game by a score of 19-0. The Crusaders start the season 1-1 overall, while the Cardinals are now 2-3 overall. These two teams will play a single game on Sunday at 11:00 a.m. ET to conclude the series.
In game one, the Crusaders wasted no time getting on the scoreboard as they scored two runs in the top of the first with RBI singles by junior Kyle Lister (Lincoln, R.I.) and senior Andrew Tenaglia (Duxbury, Mass.). Holy Cross increased its lead to 4-0 with two more runs in the second with RBI singles by Roth and junior Brendan Akashian (Lowell, Mass.).
In the top of the third the Crusaders increased their lead to 7-0 with three runs as sophomore Jake Gorman (Norfolk, Mass.) hit a two-run homer and Roth drove in a run with a single. The Cardinals answered with four runs in the bottom of the third to cut the Holy Cross lead to 7-4, but in the top of the fourth Akashian hit a solo homer to make it a 8-4 game. Lamar made it a three run game again with a run in the bottom of the fourth.
In the top of the fifth inning the Crusaders increased their lead to 10-5 when Roth hit a two run homer to left center driving in senior Jamie Aldrich (Stratford, Conn.) who had doubled. The Cardinals tallied two runs in the bottom of the fifth to make it a 10-7 game. After a scoreless sixth, Roth drove in his fifth run of the game with a RBI single in the seventh and then Gorman had a RBI single in the eighth for his third RBI of the game to give Holy Cross a 12-7 lead. Lamar added a run in the bottom of the ninth for the 12-8 final.
Senior Rob Oteri (Sudbury, Mass.) pitched the first four innings for the Crusaders as he allowed five runs with three earned on six hits, while senior Scott Hampe (Dedham, Mass.) then pitched three innings of relief allowing two runs on four hits to earn the win. Senior Kevin Beglane (East Longmeadow, Mass.) pitched the final two innings with four strikeouts and one unearned run. Allen Harrington received the loss for Lamar as he allowed seven runs with five earned in three innings.
In the second game, Akashian went two-for-three for Holy Cross, while Brian Lloyd went four-for-five with six RBI for the Cardinals. Brian Sisk earned the win for Lamar as he pitched seven scoreless innings on four hits, while senior co-captain Matt Blake (Concord, N.H.) received the loss.