March 15, 2009
TOWSON, Md. - Sophomore first baseman Eric Oxford (Danvers, Mass.) hit a three-run home run to lead the Holy Cross baseball team to a 6-3 victory over Towson on Sunday afternoon at Schuerholz Park. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 1-10 while the Tigers fall to 9-7 on the season.
In the bottom of the first inning, Towson's Kevin Collins hit a one-out double down the right field line and then advanced to third on a single to left field by Steve Yarsinky. Matt Collins walked to load the bases and then a wild pitch advanced all the base runners, scoring Kevin Collins. Two wild pitches advanced all the base runners, scoring Steve Yarsinky, giving the Tigers a 2-0 lead.
In the top of the second inning, sophomore Nick Ciardiello (Edison, N.J.) reached first on a leadoff walk and then advanced to third base on a single to right field by senior catcher Tim Hughes (Andover, Mass.). Senior second baseman Jake Gorman (Norfolk, Mass.) hit a single to left field, scoring Ciardiello, making the score 2-1. After two scoreless innings, the Crusaders put up four runs in the top of the fifth; with sophomore outfielder Jack Laurendeau (Sudbury, Mass.) hit a leadoff single and then stole second base. Senior shortstop John Sills (Milton, Mass.) reached first on a walk and then both base runners advanced on a wild pitch. Oxford hit a three-run home run to right center field to give Holy Cross a 4-3 lead. A two-out home run to left field by Gorman lifted the Crusaders to a two-run lead, 5-2.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, Towson scored its final run of the game as Gary Helmick homered to left centerfield. In the top of the eighth inning, junior third baseman Matt Perry (Sudbury, Mass.) doubled down the left field line and then scored on a single to left center field by freshman outfielder Chris Sintetos (Bethesda, Md.), securing a 6-3 win for the Crusaders.
Senior Dan Seip (North Carver, Mass.) picked up the win for Holy Cross, pitching six and 2/3 innings while giving up three runs on eights hit and striking out a season-high six batters while junior Ryan George (Seekonk, Mass.) earned the save. Jeff Randolph received the loss for Towson, giving up five runs on seven hits in four and 2/3 innings while striking out two batters.
The Crusaders return to action on Tuesday, March 17, hosting Bryant in a doubleheader in their home opener, starting at 3:00 p.m.