Feb. 18, 2007
BEAUMONT, Texas. - Juniors Brendan Akashian (Lowell, Mass.) and Kyle Lister (Lincoln, R.I.) each drove in two runs but it was not enough as the Holy Cross baseball team fell to Lamar, 9-6, on Sunday afternoon. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 1-2 overall, while the Cardinals improve to 3-3 overall. Lamar won the three-game series, 2-1.
The Crusaders scored two runs in the top of the first to take an early 2-0 lead when Akashian hit a two-run homer over the right field fence driving in senior Norm Roth (Orange, Conn.) who had singled. The home run was Akashian's second of the season. Lamar answered back in the bottom of the inning with four runs to take a 4-2 lead. Collin DeLome had an RBI single, Jeff Vickers hit a two-run double and Brian Lloyd grounded out to third base scoring Dan Hernandez.
After a scoreless second inning, Holy Cross tied the game at 4-4 with two runs in the top of the third, when Lister hit a two-run double down the right field line driving in Roth and senior Jamie Aldrich (Stratford, Conn.). The Cardinals responded with two runs of their own in the bottom of the inning to take a 6-4 lead. In the bottom of the fifth Lamar scored a run on a balk to increase its lead to 7-4.
In the top of the seventh, the Crusaders cut the Lamar lead to 7-5 when junior Gil Gomez (Lake Worth, Fla.) singled to center field driving in sophomore Jake Gorman (Norfolk, Mass.) who had walked and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Lamar's Keith Towne hit a pinch hit two-run homer to right field in the bottom of the seventh to make it a 9-5 game. Holy Cross scored a run in the top of the ninth when Roth singled in Gorman. The Crusaders had the tying run at the plate with two outs and runners on first and second but Lamar's Scott Meyer was able to get the final out to earn the save.
Matt Morgal earned the win for the Cardinals as he pitched six innings allowing five runs on three hits. Holy Cross sophomore starter Dan Seip (North Carver, Mass.) allowed six runs in three innings.
The Crusaders return to action on March 3-4 when they travel to Durham, N.C., to take on Duke for three games with a doubleheader on Saturday and a single game on Sunday. Holy Cross will then continue the road trip for two games at Campbell (March 5-6) and two games at Davidson (March 7-8).