March 6, 2008
WINTER PARK, Fla. - Senior Gil Gomez (Lake Worth, Fla.) threw three and one third scoreless innings and allowed just two hits, picking up his first career win on the mound as the Holy Cross baseball team defeated St. Joseph's in extra innings this afternoon. The Crusaders improve to 2-5 overall while St. Joseph's falls to 2-8 on the season.
Freshman Brendan McCrea (Hicksville, N.Y.) secured the win on offense, belting a triple down the left field line, scoring junior Tim Hughes (Andover, Mass.) from third base. A bunt by sophomore Matt Perry (Sudbury, Mass.) drove in McCrea, securing the 8-6 extra inning victory.
The Hawks' Ben Wendle put up the first run of the game in the first inning on a ground-rule double to right center field, driving in Jeremy Jakubowski from first base. St. Joseph's put up three more runs in the bottom of the third inning, taking a 4-0 lead over Holy Cross.
The Crusaders got within two runs of St. Joseph's as a double down the left field line by junior Jake Gorman (Norfolk, Mass.) drove in sophomore John Sills (Milton, Mass.) from second base. A sacrifice fly by junior Billy Cupelo (Franklin, Mass.) to right field brought in Gorman for the second run of the inning.
Jakubowski scored again for the Hawks on a wild pitch in the bottom of the fourth, lifting Saint Joseph's ahead, 5-2.
In the top of the sixth, senior Brendan Akashian (Lowell, Mass.) hit his first home run of the season out to right field, brining the Crusaders within one run, 5-3.
A three-run rally in the bottom of the seventh gave Holy Cross its first lead of the game as McCrea drove in a run on a sacrifice fly, Hughes scored from third base on a passed ball, and Perry reached home on a wild pitch. Saint Joseph's tied the game, 6-6, as Mike Galetta singled through the right side, sending Ryan McDonald home from second base.
With two men on and two outs, Gomez took to the mound in the bottom of the eighth, walking the first batter to load the bases and then striking out Mike Boyland to end the inning. Scattering just two hits in the last three innings, Gomez's performance on the hill and McCrea's offense secured the Crusaders second win of the season.
Holy Cross returns to action tomorrow as it plays Georgetown at 12:00 p.m.