March 18, 2006
WORCESTER, Mass. - Holy Cross junior Brian Abraham blasted a two-run triple in the bottom of the seventh and the Holy Cross baseball team plated another run later in the inning to force extra innings, but Central Connecticut State University was able to hang on for a 6-5 win in the second game of the double-header between the two schools on Saturday afternoon at Fitton Field. Holy Cross took the first game, 2-1, also in dramatic fashion, to split games and end Central Connecticut's five-game winning streak. Holy Cross moved to 7-4 on the season, while the Blue Devils went to 6-3 overall.
Senior second baseman Tucker Frawley was 3-for-3 in the first game and walked three times - once intentionally - in game two. Senior Tom Potvin went 2-for-3 and freshman Jake Gorman had a two-run double in the nightcap to lead the Holy Cross offense.
In the first game, Holy Cross put two runs on the board in the bottom of the sixth, which would stand up to win the game. Potvin reached base after being hit by a pitch and advanced to second after a Frawley single to left center. Brendan Akashian then laid down his second sacrifice bunt of the day, advancing both Potvin and Frawley, before junior Norm Roth came in to pinch hit and drove in Potvin to tie the game. One batter later, senior Keith Simard blooped a single to center, which scored Frawley for the game-winning run.
Central Connecticut scored its only run in the fourth inning when Adam Taha singled through the right side, scoring Matt Memoli.
Holy Cross starter Mike Miller pitched 4.0 innings and gave up one run on three hits, while striking out three. Reliever Matt Blake then went 2.1 innings and allowed just two hits, setting up closer Mike Thater for the save.
Blue Devil starter Evan Scribner pitched all six innings and allowed two runs on five hits, while striking out six.
In the second game, the Crusaders took an early 2-0 lead after Gorman's two-run double in the second. But Central Connecticut scored three runs on three throwing errors in the fourth, to go ahead, 3-2. The Blue Devils added single scores in both the fifth and the sixth and had a three-run advantage (5-3) going into the final frame. But a CCSU pitching change matched Abraham up with freshman reliever Taylor Kosakowski and Abraham won the battle, launching a two-run triple into right field, scoring Andrew Tenaglia and Roth to cut the lead to one (5-4) with one out.
Freshman Joe Moore then came in to pinch-run for Abraham and scored on a wild pitch one batter later to tie the game. Holy Cross was in prime position to win the game with two outs and a man on third. But Derek Roberts, who had replaced Kosakowski on the mound, used his body to prevent a hard hit up the middle by Kyle Lister from getting through, and threw out Lister at first to end the inning.
The Blue Devils answered in the eighth and scored what would be the game-winning run when Seth Brown singled through the left side, scoring Scott Appleton from second. The Crusaders were unable to get anything going in the bottom half of the frame, as Roberts checked in with a one-two-three inning to seal the win.
Roberts was credited with the win, while Blake, who had pitched in both games, took the loss.
The two teams will meet again tomorrow when the Crusaders travel to New Britain, Conn., for a 12:00 p.m. match-up.