March 13, 2006
Bradenton, Fla. - Yale's P.J. Gorynski hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth to cap a dramatic 7-6 come-from-behind victory over Holy Cross at Academy Park on Saturday afternoon. The Bulldogs trailed by five (6-1) going into the eighth inning but responded with six runs in the final two innings for the win. Holy Cross concludes its Spring Break trip with a 5-3 mark, while Yale improves to 4-3 on the season.
The Bulldogs jumped out to an early 1-0 lead after one, but Holy Cross evened the score in the top-half of the second when senior Keith Simard singled down the left field line, scoring Gil Gomez from second. Holy Cross starter Scott Hampe then settled into a groove and proceeded to silence the Bulldog bats, retiring 18 consecutive Yale hitters over the next six innings. Meanwhile the Crusaders scored two runs in the fifth and three more in the sixth to take a sizable 6-1 lead. Brendan Akashian led the charge with a two-run double in the fifth and an RBI single in the sixth.
But the Bulldogs started the rally in the eighth when Ryan Lavarnway's double off the wall in left was followed by back-to-back base hits from Josh Cox and Charles Bush. Two Crusader errors also contributed to the four-run inning, which cut the lead to one (6-5) going into the ninth.
Brett Rosenthal then pitched a scoreless ninth, allowing the Bulldogs a chance in the bottom of the frame. Jake Doyle led off the inning by singling down the third base line. Holy Cross reliever Kevin Beglane was able to get the next two outs before Cox roped a double to left that snuck under the outstretched glove of Norm Roth, scoring Doyle.
After Bush was walked Gorynski hit a ground ball through the right side. Right fielder Gil Gomez came up firing but his relay was a split second too late as Cox slid in with the winning run.
Holy Cross is back on the road Wednesday, March 15, when it travels to Albany for a 3:00 PM match-up with the Great Danes.