March 29, 2008
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Sophomore Matt Shapiro (Raynham, Mass.) threw his first collegiate shutout, giving up two hits while striking out five batters as the Holy Cross baseball team swept Lehigh in Patriot League play this afternoon by scores of 1-0 and 5-4 (11 innings). The Crusaders improve to 6-13 on the season (2-0 Patriot League) while Lehigh falls to 12-13 (0-2 Patriot League).
Sophomores Matt Perry (Sudbury, Mass.) and John Sills (Milton, Mass.) had impressive games as well as Sills drove in the only run of the first game and Perry drove in the winning run during the second game.
In the first game, Shapiro pitched a seven inning two-hit complete game, improving his record to 2-1. The Crusaders broke free of three scoreless innings as senior Gil Gomez (Lake Worth, Fla.) hit a lead off double to right center field in the top of the fourth. With two outs, Sills tripled down the right field line, driving in Gomez. The Mountain Hawks threatened in the bottom of the seventh, as Andrew Russell hit a leadoff single and reached second on a sacrifice bunt. Russell advanced to third after Logan Marshall grounded out to second but Shapiro ended the inning and secured the Crusader victory, striking out Billy Swenson.
In game two, Perry hit a leadoff single to start the first inning and senior Brendan Akashian (Lowell, Mass.) doubled to right field, advancing Perry to third. A single to the shortstop by Gomez scored Perry, giving the Crusaders a 1-0 lead. Holy Cross rallied in three runs in the top of the second as freshman Brendan McCrea (Hicksville, N.Y.) drove in Sills from third base and Akashian hit a two-run single to center field.
Lehigh got within one run of the Crusaders, scoring three runs in the bottom of the fifth as Marshall hit a leadoff double to right centerfield and then scored on Swenson's single to right field. With two outs, Joe Ercolano hit a single, driving in two more runs for the Mountain Hawks. Lehigh tied the game, 4-4, in the bottom of the fifth as Marshall scored the tying run after singling the middle, driving in Brendan McGaheran from second. After five scoreless, Sills reached first on a fielding error in the top of the 11th inning and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by junior Billy Cupelo (Franklin, Mass.). After stealing third, Sills scored on Perry's single to right field for the win.
Sophomore Dmitri Seredenko (Queens, N.Y.) picked up his first career win with Holy Cross while Geoff Campbell received the loss for the Mountain Hawks.
Holy Cross returns to action tomorrow, March 30, as it plays a doubleheader against Lehigh with the first game at 12:00 p.m.