March 29, 2007
WORCESTER, Mass. - Boston College scored three runs in the top of the eighth to break a 7-7 tie as the Holy Cross baseball team fell to Boston College, 10-7, this afternoon in non-conference action at the home-opener at Fitton Field. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 2-9 overall, while the Eagles improve to 8-11-1. Senior Jamie Aldrich (Stratford, Conn.) went 2-for 4 for the Crusaders.
After the Eagles scored one run in the top of the first, Holy Cross answered back with three runs in the bottom of the inning to take a 3-1 lead. Junior Brendan Akashian (Lowell, Mass.) walked with the bases loaded and no outs, while sophomore Tyler Stampone (Meadowbrook, Pa.) hit a RBI single. Senior Norm Roth (Orange, Conn.) scored the third run of the inning when he scored on a wild pitch.
Boston College tied the game at 3-3 with two runs in the top of the second, but the Crusaders regained the lead in the bottom of the inning when sophomore Jake Gorman (Norfolk, Mass.) doubled down the left field line driving in senior Matt Perron (Auburn, Mass.).
After a scoreless third inning, the Crusaders increased their lead to 6-3 when they scored two unearned runs. In the top of the fifth, the Eagles cut the Holy Cross lead to 6-5 with two runs of their own. In the bottom of the fifth, Roth brought in Perron when he grounded out to shortstop with one out to give the Crusaders a 7-5 lead.
The Eagles tied the game at 7-7 in the seventh inning with two runs, while they then took the lead for good with three runs in the eighth including a two-run homer by Michael Belfiore.
Geoff Oxley earned the win as he pitched three no-hit innings and Dan Houston recorded the save.
The Crusaders return to action on Saturday and Sunday, March 31-April 1, when they host Navy for two doubleheaders in each team's first Patriot League series of the season. Each doubleheader is set to start at noon.