March 3, 2008
WINTER PARK, Fla. - The Rollins baseball team scored 11 runs in the final three innings, defeating Holy Cross, 17-4, in non-conference play this evening during the Rollins College Baseball Week Tournament. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 0-3 on the season while Rollins improves to 12-4-1.
The Tars started the game with a quick 4-0 lead as Bryan Bennett drove in three runs on a home run to centerfield. Senior Brendan Akashian (Lowell, Mass.) drove in the first run for the Crusaders in the bottom of the inning after grounding out to first base, allowing sophomore Matt Perry (Sudbury, Mass.) to score safely. Later in the inning, junior Jake Gorman (Norfolk, Mass.) brought Holy Cross within two runs of the Tars, scoring on a wild pitch.
Rollins put up two more runs in the fourth inning as Stefano Foggi hit a leadoff double into center field and then scored on a sacrifice fly by Ryan Luker. Corey Whiting scored later in the inning, putting the Tars ahead, 6-2.
The Crusaders got within two runs of Rollins again as senior Gil Gomez (Lake Worth, Fla.) hit a leadoff double to start the sixth inning, reached third on a single by senior Kyle Lister (Lincoln, R.I.), and scored on a fielding error. Sophomore John Sills (Milton, Mass.) drove in Lister from third on a ground ball to the shortstop, making the score, 6-4.
The Tars' offense exploded in the final three innings, scoring 11 runs on 13 hits, led by Eugene Martinez, who hit a double to right field, scoring two runs.
Marty Cornish picked up the win for Rollins, allowing two runs to score on six hits and striking out three batters. Junior Dan Seip (North Carver, Mass.) received the loss for the Crusaders, giving up six runs on 10 hits while striking out five.
Holy Cross returns to action tomorrow as it plays St. Joseph's at 12:00 p.m