March 3, 2007
DURHAM, N.C. - The Holy Cross baseball team dropped a doubleheader at Duke this afternoon in non-conference action at Jack Coombs Field, losing by scores of 13-1 and 10-7. The Crusaders fall to 1-4 overall, while the Blue Devils improve to 12-1 overall. These two teams will play a single game on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. to conclude the series. Senior Jamie Aldrich (Stratford, Conn.) went 3-for-7 with a RBI and junior Brendan Akashian (Lowell, Mass.) also went 3-for-7.
In the first game, Duke jumped out to a 5-0 lead with five runs in the bottom of the first. The Blue Devils then added to their lead with three runs in the fourth, two in the fifth, one in the sixth and two in the seventh. The Crusaders got on the scoreboard in the top of the eighth to make it a 13-1 game, when freshman John Sills (Milton, Mass.) hit a two-out triple in his first collegiate at bat, driving in freshman Matt Perry (Sudbury, Mass.) who had walked. The game went scoreless the rest of the way for the 13-1 final.
Tony Bajoczky earned the win as he allowed no runs on four hits in six innings. Senior Rob Oteri (Sudbury, Mass.) received loss as he pitched the first four innings allowing eight runs.
In the second game, the Crusaders took a 4-0 lead with four runs in the top of the second. Akashian started off the inning with a triple and scored when sophomore Tim Hughes (Andover, Mass.) reached on an error. After a single by senior Andrew Tenaglia (Duxbury, Mass.) and a walk by sophomore Jake Gorman (Norfolk, Mass.), junior Kyle Lister (Lincoln, R.I.) drove them in with a double to left center. With two outs Aldrich drove in Lister with a single to center field.
Holy Cross increased its lead to 5-0 with an unearned run in the top of the fourth, while the Blue Devils then made it a 5-3 game with one run in the fifth and two in the sixth. The Blue Devils moved out to a 10-5 lead in the bottom of the seventh with seven runs, including a three-run homer by Gabriel Saade. The Crusaders scored two runs in the eighth to cut the Duke lead to 10-7 with a solo homer by Gorman and a RBI double driving in Lister by senior co-captain Norm Roth (Orange, Conn.). Duke's Jonathan Anderson pitched a scoreless ninth as the game ended in the 10-7 final score.
Michael Ness earned the win as he pitched 3.1 innings of relief allowing two runs with one earned on two hits. Freshman Tom Arrigg (Andover, Mass.) received the loss. Holy Cross starter Scott Hampe (Dedham, Mass.) had a solid outing as he pitched the first six innings allowing three runs with two earned on four hits.