March 4, 2007
DURHAM, N.C. - Senior Jamie Aldrich (Stratford, Conn.) went 2-for-4 with two RBI and senior Matt Perron (Auburn, Mass.) went 3-for-3, but it was not enough as the Holy Cross baseball team fell to Duke, 6-5, this afternoon in non-conference action at Jack Coombs Field. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 1-5 overall, while the Blue Devils sweep the three-game series and improve to 13-1 overall.
The Blue Devils scored four runs in the bottom of the second to jump out to a 4-0 lead. The Crusaders answered back in the top of the third with three runs to make it a 4-3 game as Duke had two errors in the inning and all three runs were unearned. Perron started off the inning with a single and then Aldrich reach on an error advancing Perron to second. With one out sophomore Tyler Stampone (Meadowbrook, Pa.) singled to center field loading the bases. Junior Brendan Akashian (Lowell, Mass.) then brought in Perron with a ground out to first base. The bases were loaded again after senior Norm Roth (Orange, Conn.) was hit by a pitch and then senior Andrew Tenaglia (Duxbury, Mass.) reached on a throwing error as Aldrich and Stampone both scored on the error.
Duke increased its lead to 5-3 with one run in the bottom of the fourth. In the top of the sixth the Crusaders tied the game at 5-5 when Aldrich singled in freshman Mike Galvin (Newport, R.I.) and junior Kyle Lister (Lincoln, R.I.). The Blue Devils scored the eventual game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh when Ryan McCurdy scored on a pass ball. The game would remain scoreless the rest of the way for the 6-5 final score.
Kyle Butler earned the win as he pitched 1.2 innings of relief allowing no runs on no hits, while Holy Cross sophomore starter Dan Seip (North Carver, Mass.) received the loss as he pitched seven innings allowing six runs with four earned on seven hits. Seip struck out five batters.
The Crusaders continue their North Carolina road trip when they travel to Buies Creek to face Campbell in a two game series on March 5-6. Holy Cross will then conclude the trip at Davidson for a two-game series on March 7-8.