April 1, 2009
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Junior Matt Perry (Sudbury, Mass.) went 3-for-5 with three RBI and three runs scored to lead the Holy Cross baseball team to a 12-11 win over Harvard on Wednesday afternoon at O'Donnell Field. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 10-14 on the season while the Crimson falls to 4-17 overall. Junior John Sills (Milton, Mass.) also had a strong day at the plate with triple and two RBI.
In the top of the first inning, Perry hit a leadoff double to left field and then scored on a one-out sacrifice fly by sophomore Eric Oxford (Danvers, Mass.), giving the Crusaders a 1-0 lead. Trailing 5-1 in the top of the third, Perry hit a two-out single and then scored on a triple to right field by Sills.
In the top of the fourth inning, the Crusaders' first three batters all drew walks to load the bases. With one out, freshman Steve Tkowski (Bourne, Mass.) picked up a walk at his at bat, scoring sophomore Nick Ciardiello (Edison, N.J.). Sophomore Jack Laurendeau (Sudbury, Mass.) reached first on a two-run throwing error by Harvard, tying the game, 5-5. A ground out RBI for Perry scored Tkowski, putting up the fourth run of the inning. The Crusaders scored one more run in the top of the fifth, but the Crimson answered back in the bottom of the inning with two runs, tying the game, 7-7.
Falling behind 10-8 after seven innings, the Crusaders took advantage of two runners in scoring position as McCrea grounded out to score senior Jake Gorman (Norfolk, Mass.). Sills reached first on a throwing error, scoring freshman Chris Sintetos (Bethsda, Md.) A single through the right side by Oxford drove in Sills, pushing Holy Cross ahead, 11-10. The Crimson tied the game in the bottom of the eighth, but a two-out single in the top of the ninth by Perry with the bases loaded scored Gorman, making the score, 12-11. After picking up two outs in the bottom of the inning, the Crusaders erased a Crimson runner at third base as the final out flew out the right field with Holy Cross edging past with the win.
Freshman Derek Klinka (Westford, Mass.) earned his first collegiate win, giving up two hits and one run in two innings pitched while striking out two batters. Junior Ryan George (Seekonk, Mass.) picked up his fifth save of the season. Taylor Meehan received the loss for Harvard, pitching two innings and allowing four runs to score on six hits while picking up one strike out.
The Crusaders return to action this weekend weekend, traveling to Army on April 4-5 for two Patriot League doubleheaders.