March 16, 2006
Worcester, Mass. - Freshman starter Dan Seip earned his second career win in as many outings after pitching six innings and allowing four runs on four hits, while striking out eight batters, to lead the Holy Cross baseball team to an 8-5 win over cross-town rival Assumption on Thursday afternoon at Fitton Field. The Crusaders have now won four of their last five games and improve to 6-3 on the season, while the Greyhounds fall to 2-9 overall.
Junior outfielder Matt Perron drove in two runs to lead the Holy Cross offense, while senior Tom Potvin was the only Crusader to record more than one hit, going 2-for-5 at the dish, and driving in a run. Junior right hander Patrick Rutherford picked up his first save of the season after giving up one run in three innings of relief.
Assumption got on the scoreboard first when Tyler Vivian launched a solo shot to right field giving the Greyhounds a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Three innings later, the Crusaders finally got going and scored five runs in the fifth, three of which were unearned due to throwing errors. Potvin sent an RBI single to center and senior second baseman Tucker Frawley had an RBI single to right to account for the other Crusader runs.
Assumption answered with two runs in the sixth to cut the lead to just two (5-3). A Vivian double to right scored Mike Baillargeon, who had doubled earlier in the inning, and a Matt Cavallaro single to left plated Brian Quaglieri. But the Crusaders added three more runs in the bottom half of the inning to essentially seal the win. Perron stroked a two-run single to center after Steve Soldi scored on a fielding error earlier in the inning.
The Greyhounds put up two more scores in the seventh, but it was not enough, as the Crusaders won their first game on the newly renovated Fitton Field, which they had not played on since the 2004 campaign.
Holy Cross is scheduled to host Central Connecticut State University in double-header action on Saturday, March 18. Game one begins at noon.