March 31, 2009
WORCESTER, Mass. - Sophomore Eric Oxford (Danvers, Mass.) hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Holy Cross baseball team edged Massachusetts, 6-5, on Tuesday afternoon at Fitton Field. With the win, Holy Cross improves to 9-14 on the season while the Minutemen fall to 6-14.
Trailing 2-0 headed into the fifth inning, Holy Cross' junior Matt Perry (Sudbury, Mass.) hit a two-out solo home run to left field. With two outs in the top of the sixth, Jim Macdonald hit a single up the middle and then scored on a triple by Mike Gedman, giving the Minutemen a 3-1 lead. Trailing 5-1 lead in the seventh inning, senior Jake Gorman (Norfolk, Mass.) hit a leadoff single and then advanced to second as senior Billy Cupelo (Franklin, Mass.) was hit by a pitch. Loading the bases with a single by freshman Chris Sintetos (Bethsda, Md.), sophomore Brendan McCrea (Hicksville, N.Y.) picked up a fielder's choice, scoring Gorman. With two outs, Cupelo scored on a fielding error and McCrea scored on a single by Oxford, bringing the Crusaders within one run, 5-4. Loading the bases in the bottom of the eighth, McCrea singled to right field, scoring sophomore Chris Blanchard (Norwich, Conn.) to tie the game.
The Minutemen threatened in the top of the ninth, getting two runners in scoring position with one out, but junior Ryan George (Seekonk, Mass.) struck out back-to-back batters to get out of the inning. In the bottom of the ninth inning, Oxford sent the winning run over the right field wall, lifting Holy Cross to a 6-5 win.
The Crusaders return to action on Wednesday, April 1, traveling to Harvard for a game at 3:00 p.m.