March 3, 2009
TUSCON, Ariz. - Junior Tim Hughes (Andover, Mass.) went 2-for-3 with a triple, a double, one RBI and one run scored but it wasn't enough as the Holy Cross baseball team dropped a 15-4 game at Arizona on Tuesday night. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 0-4 on the season while the Wildcats improve to 5-4. Senior Jake Gorman (Norfolk, Mass.) also had a strong game with a 3-for-5 performance with two doubles and one RBI.
In the top of the first inning, junior John Sills (Milton, Mass.) reached first base after getting hit by a pitch and then advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore Jack Laurendeau (Sudbury, Mass.). A single to center field by Gorman scored Sills, giving Holy Cross a 1-0 lead. Back-to-back walks for junior Matt Perry (Sudbury, Mass.) and Hughes with one out in the second inning put two men on for the Crusaders. With two outs, Sills walked to load the bases and then a walk for Laurendeau scored Perry. In the bottom of the second, Arizona's Steve Selsky singled to center field and then advanced to second on a balk. A single to left field by Jett Bandy scored Selsky, making the score, 2-1. Bandy reach third base on a single by Dwight Childs and then scored on a wild pitched, tying the game, 2-2.
In the top of the third inning, freshman John Pedrotty (Portsmouth, R.I.) reached first on a single and then advanced to second as sophomore Nick Ciardiello (Edison, N.J.) grounded out to Arizona pitcher Matt Chaffee. Hughes doubled to right field, scoring Pedrotty, giving the Crusaders a 3-2 lead. The Wildcats put up three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and two runs in the bottom of the fifth, taking a 7-3 lead. After being held scoreless for three innings, in the top of the seventh Hughes tripled to right field and then scored on a balk, making the score, 7-4. Scoring five runs in the seventh and three in the eighth inning the Wildcats downed Holy Cross, 15-4.
The Crusaders return to action on Wednesday, March 4 at Arizona for a game at 9:00 p.m.(ET).