March 5, 2008
WINTER PARK, Fla. - Senior Brendan Akashian (Lowell, Mass.) went 4-for-5 including a double and drove in two runs to lead the Holy Cross baseball team to a 14-4 victory over Rollins in non-conference play. The Crusaders improve to 1-5 on the season while the Tars' drop to 13-6-1.
Sophomore Matt Perry (Sudbury, Mass.) also played well on offense for Holy Cross as he went 3-for-4 including a double and driving in three runs. Sophomore Matt Shapiro (Raynham, Mass.) picked up his first career victory, pitching seven and one third innings, scattering seven hits and allowing three hits while striking out five batters.
Holy Cross rallied four runs in the second inning as Akashian and junior Billy Cupelo (Franklin, Mass.) hit back-to-back doubles, scoring Akashian. After reaching third on an error, Cupelo came home as freshman Jack Laurendeau (Sudbury, Mass.) hit a single up the left side of the field. Freshman Brendan McCrea grounded out to the shortstop, scoring freshman Eric Oxford (Danvers, Mass.) and Perry singled through the left side, driving in Laurendeau, making the score 4-0.
A solo home run by Corey Whiting down the right field line, providing the first offense for the game for the Tars.
The Crusaders scored three more runs in the top of the fifth inning as back-to-back singles by McCrea and Perry set up an RBI single by sophomore John Sills (Milton, Mass.), scoring McCrea. Perry scored on a throwing error and a single by Akashian down the right field line scored Sills, putting Holy Cross on top, 7-1.
Holy Cross drove in five more runs in the sixth inning, led by Perry who hit a two-run single and Akashian who drove in a run and scored for the Crusaders. A double by junior Jake Gorman (Norfolk, Mass.), giving Holy Cross a 13-1 lead.
Whiting continued to lead the struggling offense for Rollins as he singled through the right side, driving in Jesse More in the bottom of the seventh inning. Rollins put up two more runs in the bottom of the eight as Jason Cutlip singled up the middle, scoring Harry Honeycutt and Mike Crane. Both teams scored one run in the ninth inning, but the Crusaders finished on top, 14-4.
Michael Prusak received the loss for Rollins, pitching four and two third innings, giving up 10 hits and seven runs while fanning two.
Holy Cross returns to action tomorrow as it plays St. Joseph's at 12:00 p.m.