March 5, 2008
WINTER PARK, Fla. - Senior Brendan Akashian (Lowell, Mass.) drove in two runs for the Holy Cross baseball team but it wasn't enough as Georgetown outlasted Holy Cross, 5-4, in extra innings today during the Rollins Baseball Week Tournament. The Crusaders fall to 0-5 on the season while Georgetown improves to 5-3.
Junior Jake Gorman (Norfolk Mass.) also had a strong day at the plate as he went 2-for-4, including a triple and scored twice for the Crusaders.
Georgetown's Sean Lamont hit a two-out double to right center field, driving in Kelly Muir from first base, tying the game, 4-4, in the bottom of the ninth, pushing the game into extra innings. The Hoyas clinched the win in the bottom of the 11th inning as Rob Begin scored from third on a wild pitch.
Holy Cross jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning as Akashian drove in the first run of the game after being hit by a pitch with bases loaded, scoring sophomore Matt Perry (Sudbury, Mass.). With the bases loaded again, senior Kyle Lister (Lincoln, R.I.) also drove in a run after being hit by a pitch. Junior Tim Hughes (Andover, Mass.) singled to the shortstop driving in the third run of the inning, scoring Gorman.
The Hoyas put up their first run of the game in the second inning as Chip Malt hit a single, driving in Dan Capeless from third base. Georgetown evened the score, 3-3, in the third inning as Jack Bender and Tommy Lee scored on a fielding error.
Akashian put Holy Cross on top, 4-3, in the fifth after hitting a sacrifice fly, scoring Gorman who had hit a leadoff triple to begin the inning.
Grady McConnell picked up the win for the Hoyas, pitching five innings allowing just two hits while striking out four batters. Senior Mike Thater (Danbury, Conn.) had an impressive day on the mound, pitching seven and two thirds innings, scattering eight hits and giving up three runs while striking out four batters. Sophomore Chris Blanchard (Norwich, Conn.) received the loss for the Crusaders, pitching two and two thirds while giving up two hits, two runs while fanning three batters.
Holy Cross returns to action tonight as it plays Rollins at 7:00 p.m.