Feb. 28, 2009
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Junior shortstop John Sills (Milton, Mass.) went 4-for-6 on the day including a home run and a triple as the Holy Cross baseball team dropped a doubleheader to Loyola Marymount on Saturday afternoon in the Crusaders' season opener at Page Stadium, losing by scores of 4-3 and 16-5. With the losses, Holy Cross falls to 0-2 on the season while the Lions improve to 6-2.
In the first game, Sills hit a leadoff triple and then scored on a sacrifice fly by junior Matt Perry (Sudbury, Mass.) to take a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Holy Cross scored again in the top of the second inning as freshman Chris Sintetos (Bethesda, Md.) hit a single and advanced to second on a steal. Sophomore Nick Ciardiello (Edison, N.J.) drove in Sintetots on a single to center field. In the bottom of the third inning Loyola's Trevor Gee started the inning with a leadoff double to left center and then stole third base. Ryan Wheeler hit a home run to drive in two runs, evening the score, 2-2. After four and half scoreless innings, at the bottom of the seventh inning, Kyle Spraker reached first on a walk and then advanced two bases. A bunt by T.J. Bernardy sent Spraker home, giving the Lions a 3-2 lead. Holy Cross picked up its last run of the game in the eighth inning as Sills drove in junior pinch runner Chris Blanchard on a two-out single, making the game 3-3. In the bottom of the ninth, Angelo Songco scored the winning run for Loyola after reaching first on a walk, second on a fielding error and third on a wild pitched. A two-out single to center field by Will Dugoni drove in Songco for the 4-3 win.
In the second game, Holy Cross' offense was led by Sills with a 2-for-4 performance at the plate including a two-run home run, two runs scored and drove in a run. Ciardiello also hit a home run and sophomores Eric Oxford (Danvers, Mass.) and Jack Laurendeau (Sudbury, Mass.) each hit a double.
The Crusaders return to action on Sunday, March 1 with a game against Loyola Marymount at 4:00 p.m.