Holy Cross Tops Wheaton, 8-5

March 26, 2006

Box Score

Worcester, Mass. - Senior Tom Potvin launched a three-run home run over the left field fence to propel the Holy Cross baseball team to an 8-5 win over Wheaton on Sunday afternoon at Fitton Field. Holy Cross has now won two straight and improves to 9-6 on the season, while the Lyons fall to 7-6 overall with their second straight loss.

The Lyons took a one run lead in the first inning after Pat O'Connor singled in Andy Koocher from third, but Holy Cross responded with two runs in the bottom half of the inning and never trailed again.

Senior Tucker Frawley sent an RBI triple to left to tie the game at 1-1, and the Crusaders took a 2-1 lead when Frawley scored on a Brendan Akashian groundout later in the inning.

Holy Cross then tacked on four runs in the second on the strength of Potvin's three-run round-tripper to take a commanding 6-1 lead.

The Lyons battled back and added two runs in the third and single runs in both the sixth and seventh innings to get within one (6-5). O'Connor recorded his second RBI of the day with a double to center, scoring Koocher, and Mark Brown hit a bloop single to center, which scored O'Connor from third in the third. Brandon Leonard stroked an RBI single to center for Wheaton's fourth run of the day, and O'Connor's sacrifice fly in the seventh with the bases loaded got the visitors to within striking distance.

But Holy Cross posted runs in the seventh and eighth to seal the victory. Jamie Aldrich scored on a single by Akashian in the seventh and Aldrich sent an RBI single through the right side, which scored freshman Steve Soldi.

Aldrich finished the game 2-for-4 at the dish with two runs scored and a run batted in. Frawley went 1-for-3 with a run scored and a run batted in and Akashian was 2-for-5 with a run batted in. Potvin was 1-for-4 with three runs batted in and a run scored.

Junior right hander Scott Hampe picked up his second win of the season, after going 6.1 innings and allowing five runs on nine hits, with five strikeouts. Sophomore reliever Tim Thran got the save after going 2.2 scoreless innings with no hits and two punch outs. Wheaton starter Louie Bernardini took the loss after giving up six runs (four earned) on five hits in 6.0 innings of work.

Holy Cross begins a six-game road trip on Tuesday, March 28, when the team travels to Loudonville, N.Y., for a 3:00 PM game at Siena. The Crusaders are then at Boston College on March 29 and at Navy on April 1-2.