April 1, 2008
AMHERST, Mass. - Sophomore Matt Perry (Sudbury, Mass.) went 2-for-5, hitting a home run and driving in three runs while senior Gil Gomez (Lake Worth, Fla.) went 3-for-5 at the plate including a double and one RBI but it wasn't enough as the Holy Cross baseball team fell to UMass, 16-9. The Crusaders drop to 8-14 on the season (4-0 Patriot League) while the Minutemen improve to 6-10 overall (2-5 Atlantic-10).
The Crusaders jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead as sophomore Perry hit a leadoff homer to left field and Gomez drove in junior Jake Gorman (Norfolk, Mass.) from second on an RBI single. A sacrifice fly by freshman Nick Ciardiello (Edison, N.J.) scored Gomez from third, driving in the final run of the inning.
Holy Cross rallied in four more runs in the second inning freshman Ryan Anderson (Berkley, Mass.) hit a leadoff single and advanced to third on a double to left-center field by sophomore Steve Soldi (Clinton, Mass.). Perry drove in both Anderson and Soldi and Gorman scored the seventh run of the game on a solo home run. After putting up one run in the bottom of the inning, the Minutemen trailed Holy Cross, 7-1.
Both teams scored a run in the third as Soldi singled to centerfield for Holy Cross, bringing Anderson from second base. Massachusetts' Brian Baundinet hit a solo home run, making the score 8-2 after three innings.
After scoring one run in the top of the fourth, the Crusaders got into trouble in the bottom of the inning as Kyle Multner singled to left field, bringing in a run for the Minutemen. UMass took advantage of the bases loaded with two outs twice in the inning, as Baundinet hit a two RBI single and Mike Donato hit a grand slam, tying the score 9-9. UMass put up two more runs, adding to their nine run rally, making the score 11-9.
The Minutemen put up five more runs while Holy Cross remained scoreless, making the final 16-9.
Sophomore Dmitri Seredenko (Queens, N.Y.) received the loss for Holy Cross after pitching three innings and giving up seven hits and five runs. Garrett Butt earned the win for UMass, pitching four innings, giving up three hits and three runs while striking out two.
The Crusaders return to action tomorrow, Wednesday, April 2, hosting Harvard at 3:00 p.m.