March 1, 2008
DELAND, Fla. - Senior Gil Gomez (Lake Worth, Fla.) went 3-for-5 including a three run home run but it wasn't enough as the Holy Cross baseball team lost to Stetson, 18-10, this afternoon in non-conference play. With the loss, the Crusaders start the season, 0-1, while the Hatters improve to 3-4.
Junior Jake Gorman (Norfolk, Mass.) also had a strong game at bat, as he went 1-for-3 including a double and drove in two runs for Holy Cross.
The Hatters jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning when a walk and two singles loaded up the bases for Justin Bass, who hit a single and drove in two runs. Stetson picked up three more runs in the second inning as Jeremey Cruz hit a two-run homer and Bass followed with a solo home run.
After Hatters increased its lead to 12-0 after four innings, Holy Cross rallied in the fifth inning, scoring five runs. After loading the bases, sophomore Matt Perry (Sudbury, Mass.) knocked in the first Crusader run on a single hit to right field. Gorman doubled to center field, bringing in two more runs while senior Brendan Akashian (Lowell, Mass.) knocked in the two final runs of the inning.
Holy Cross held the Hatters scoreless in the fifth and scored another run in the sixth but Stetson answered back with three more runs scored in the bottom of the sixth. Junior Billy Cupelo (Franklin, Mass.) hit a shot to left field, driving in Gorman from second base. The Hatters responded with three more runs in the eighth inning to move out to an 18-7 advantage. With two outs in the ninth inning, Gomez hit a three-run shot to right field, driving in Akashian and freshman Eric Oxford (Danvers, Mass.).
Robbie Donovan (1-1) picked up the win for Stetson as he pitched six innings, struck out 10 batters, gave up eight hits, seven runs, and walked three batters while senior Matt O'Brien (Hingham, Mass.) received the loss as he pitched two and two thirds innings, allowing 10 runs on 10 hits and fanned five batters.
Holy Cross finishes up the two-game series with Stetson tomorrow at 1:00 p.m.