March 30, 2008
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Freshman Eric Oxford (Danvers, Mass.) began a four-run rally in the first game and senior Gil Gomez (Lake Worth, Fla.) drove in three runs in game two as the Holy Cross baseball team swept Lehigh in Patriot League play this afternoon by scores of 6-3 and 11-3. The Crusaders improve to 8-13 on the season (4-0 Patriot League) while Lehigh falls to 12-15 (0-4 Patriot League).
In game one, the Crusaders trailed 3-2 going into the sixth inning but Oxford doubled to right field, driving in junior Steve Soldi (Clinton, Mass.) and sophomore John Sills (Milton, Mass.). With two outs, senior Brendan Akashian (Lowell, Mass.) singled to left field to score junior Jake Gorman (Norfolk, Mass.) and sophomore Matt Perry (Sudbury, Mass.), lifting Holy Cross to a 6-3 lead.
Lehigh threatened in the bottom in the sixth as the first two batters reached on singles. Sophomore Bobby Holmes (Dedham, Mass.) got out of the jam, getting the Mountain Hawks' Logan Marshall to ground into a double play. A ground out for the final out of the sixth followed by a scoreless seventh inning gave the Crusaders the win.
Holmes picked up his second win of the season, pitching a complete game while giving up eights, three runs and striking out five.
In the second game, Holy Cross jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the third inning as a sacrifice fly by junior Jake Gorman drove in junior Billy Cupelo (Franklin, Mass.) from third base. Gomez brought in two more runs on a two-out single to right field and a single by Oxford scored Gomez for the fourth run of the inning. The Crusaders put up nine more runs while Lehigh struggled at the plate, only scoring three in six innings. Senior Mike Thater (Danbury, Conn.) earned the win on the mound, pitching seven innings, giving up just three hits, allowing one run while fanning six batters.
The Crusaders return to action on Tuesday, April 1, as they play host Massachusetts at 3:00 p.m.