March 21, 2009
WORCESTER, Mass. - Junior John Sills (Milton, Mass.) had a double, two RBI and one run scored as the Holy Cross baseball team dropped a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Fitton Field. The Crusaders fell to Quinnipiac, 7-3, in the first game and Yale, 8-2, in game two. Holy Cross falls to 4-13 season while the Bobcats improve to 3-10 and the Bulldogs are 4-6.
In the first game, Holy Cross took a 1-0 lead with sophomore Jack Laurendeau (Sudbury, Mass.) hit a leadoff single and then advanced to second base on a passed ball. A double to left field by Sills scored Laurendeau. In the top of the second, Quinnipiac's Bryn Doyle was hit by a pitch and then advanced to second on a single to left field by Jeff Carino. An error by the Crusaders advanced Doyle and then a double by Michael Marmo to centerfield scored both base runners. A sacrifice fly advanced Marmo to third and a one-out ground out by Michael Amanti drove in Marmo, giving the Bobcats a 3-1 lead.
After being held scoreless for four innings, sophomore Eric Oxford (Danvers, Mass.) advanced to first base on a one-out walk. Senior Jake Gorman (Norfolk, Mass.) picked up a walk, advancing Oxford to second. With two outs, junior Matt Perry (Sudbury, Mass.) doubled to left center field, driving in both bases runners to tie the game, 3-3. The Bobcats put up two more runs in the top of the seventh inning and two in the eighth, picking up a 7-3 win.
Sophomore Chris Blanchard (Norwich, Conn.) received the loss, pitching one and 1/3 innings and giving up four runs on four hits. Chris Gloor pitched a complete game and striking out a career-high 13 batters while giving up three runs on six hits.
In the game versus Yale, the Crusaders trailed 7-0 until the bottom of the seventh as Sills hit a leadoff single and then scored on a two-out double down the right field line by senior Tim Hughes (Andover, Mass.). The Bulldogs scored one more run in the bottom of the eighth inning, securing an 8-2 win.
Sophomore Bobby Holmes (Dedham, Mass.) received the loss for Holy Cross, pitching three and 1/3 innings while giving up five runs on five hits while striking out three batters. Yale's Brandon Josselyn earned the win with seven innings pitched and giving up two runs on three hits while striking out four batters.
The Crusaders return to action on Sunday, March 22, traveling to Quinnipiac for a game scheduled at 12:00 p.m.