March 14, 2009
TOWSON, Md. - Sophomore first baseman Eric Oxford (Danvers, Mass.) had a 3-for-9 performance including five RBI, two runs scored, two home runs and a double as the Holy Cross baseball team dropped a doubleheader to Towson on Saturday afternoon at Schuerholz Park, losing by scores of 10-9 in 12 innings and 8-6. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 0-10 on the season while the Tigers 9-6. Senior second baseman Jake Gorman (Norfolk, Mass.) went 6-for-10 on the day, including a 4-for-4 performance in the second game. He finished the doubleheader with three runs batted in, one home run, one double and one run scored.
In the first game, trailing 3-2 headed into the top of the fifth inning, junior shortstop John Sills (Milton, Mass.) hit a one-out single and then scored on a two run home run by Oxford, pushing the Crusaders ahead, 4-3. Towson put up one run in the sixth, three in the seventh and one in the eighth inning while holding Holy Cross scoreless, taking a 8-4 lead. In the top of the ninth inning, freshman Chris Sintetos (Bethesda, Md.) reached first on an error to start the inning. Junior third baseman Matt Perry (Sudbury, Mass.) singled up the middle, advancing Sintetos to second base. Senior outfielder Billy Cupelo (Franklin, Mass.) grounded out to second base, advancing both base runners. A two-out single by Sills to left field scored both Sinetotos and Perry, bringing Holy Cross within two runs, 8-6. A two-run home run by Oxford scored Sills, tying the game, 8-8, and pushing the game into extra innings. In the top of the 12th inning, Gorman hit a one-out home run to left field to give Holy Cross a 9-8 lead. Towson's Max Kelly picked up a leadoff walk and then scored on a two-run homer by Gary Helmick, winning the game, 10-9.
In Game Two, Holy Cross jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning as Sills reached first on a one-out walk and then advanced to second base on a wild pitch. Oxford doubled down the left field line, scoring Sills, but was thrown out a third base. Sophomore Nick Ciardiello (Edison, N.J.) doubled to right center field and then scored as senior catcher Tim Hughes (Andover, Mass.) singled to right field. Gorman doubled down the right field line to score Hughes. The Tigers got on the board in the bottom of the third inning, scoring two runs and then put up two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning and four in the sixth, taking an 8-3 lead. In the top of the seventh, Sills struck out but reached first on a passed ball and then advanced to second as Oxford walked. With two outs, Hughes doubled to center field to score both base runners. A single to right field by Gorman drove in Hughes, but the Crusaders came up short, falling to Towson, 8-6.
The Crusaders return to action on Sunday, March 15 with a game against Towson at 12:00 p.m.