Crusaders Down Bentley 8-4

March 24, 2006

Box Score

WORCESTER, Mass. - Senior second baseman Tucker Frawley and junior leftfielder Jamie Aldrich combined to go 4-for-8 with four runs batted in to lead the Holy Cross baseball team to an 8-4 win over Bentley on Friday afternoon at Fitton Field. With the win, Holy Cross snaps a three-game losing streak and improves to 8-6 on the season, while the Falcons drop to 4-6 overall.

Frawley finished the game 2-for-4 with two RBI, while Aldrich also went 2-for-4 while driving in a run. Sophomore Brendan Akashian (1-for-5) belted his first homer of the season, and junior Brian Abraham was 1-for-4 with an RBI. Andrew Tenaglia went 2-for-4 at the dish with two runs scored.

Bentley put up two runs in the first on a two-run double to left center off the bat of Tom Haugh. The Crusaders tied things up in the second after Bentley starter Brett Fistes got in a bases loaded jam and walked in a run to make the score 2-1, and then hit Frawley to plate another Crusader run for a 2-2 tie.

The Falcons got right back on top in the top-half of the fourth when Kevin Vona sent a two-run single up the middle to give the visitors a 4-2 advantage, but that was as much offense as the they could muster the rest of the way.

With two outs in the bottom-half of the fifth Akashian sent a solo shot to right center to cut the lead to one (4-3), and two batters later, Brian Abraham plated Steve Soldi on an RBI single through the right side to tie the game at 4-4. An inning later, Holy Cross took its first lead of the game (6-4) when Aldrich singled to right center, scoring Andrew Tenaglia who had doubled off of the third base bag and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Frawley then singled to right, scoring Tom Potvin, who had reached base after being hit by a pitch and went to second on Aldrich's hit.

The Crusaders added some insurance runs in the eighth on Frawley's second hit of the day - a two-run single to right - which gave Holy Cross the 8-4 lead.

Junior Patrick Rutherford picked up his second save of the season after throwing 3.0 scoreless innings of relief and scattering three hits. Crusader starter Mike Miller went 6.0 innings and gave up four runs (two earned) on five hits, with one strikeout, for the win.

Fistes went 5.0 innings and allowed four runs on four hits. Reliever Ryan Rioles took the loss after allowing four runs on six hits in 3.0 innings of work.

Holy Cross is scheduled to host Wheaton College of the NEWMAC on Sunday, March 26, at noon.