March 28, 2009
WORCESTER, Mass. - Junior Matt Perry (Sudbury, Mass.) had one home run and one double for three RBI as the Holy Cross baseball team swept Lehigh in a Patriot League doubleheader by scores of 6-5 and 7-6 on Saturday afternoon at Fitton Field. With the wins, the Crusaders improve to 8-14 and 2-0 in the league while the Mountain Hawks fall to 5-21-1 overall and 0-2 in league play. Sophomore Brendan McCrea (Hicksville, N.Y.) went 3-for-6 with one home run and one double for two RBI.
Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the first inning, Holy Cross' sophomore Eric Oxford (Danvers, Mass.) tied the game with a two-out solo home run. Sophomore Nick Ciardiello (Edison, N.J.) reach first on a walk and then scored on an error during an at bat by senior Jake Gorman (Norfolk, Mass.), taking a 2-1 lead. The Mountain Hawks scored two runs in the top of the second inning and one in the third to take a two-run lead, but a solo home run by Perry to left center field, made the score, 4-3. In the bottom of the sixth inning, Oxford hit a leadoff single to right field and then advanced to third on a double by Ciardiello. With two outs, senior Billy Cupelo (Franklin, Mass.) hit a single, scoring Ciaridello, giving the Crusaders a 5-4 lead. A sacrifice fly by Lehigh's Andy Russell in the top of the seventh tied the game, 5-5, but freshman Chris Sintetos (Bethesda, Md.) hit a one-out single, driving in junior John Sills (Milton, Mass.), edging Holy Cross to a 6-5 win.
In game two, the Mountain Hawks started the game with a 2-1 lead, but in the bottom of the second inning Sintetos hit a leadoff single and then advanced to third on a double to center field by Cupelo. A sacrifice fly by Perry scored Sintetos and a single by Sills drove in Cupelo, giving the Crusaders a 3-2 lead. In the bottom of the fourth inning, the Crusaders put up another run as Perry hit a two-out single, driving in Cupelo from third base. Two runs by Lehigh in the top of the eighth tied the game, 4-4, but a three-run rally by the Crusaders in the bottom the inning pushed Holy Cross ahead, 7-4. Lehigh rallied in two runs in the top of the ninth, but the Crusaders hung on for a 7-6 victory.
The Crusaders return to action on Sunday, March 29, hosting a Patriot League doubleheader against Lehigh. The first game is scheduled to begin at 12:00 p.m.