April 2, 2006
Annapolis, Md. - Navy senior Ryan McGinn doubled in the tying run and scored the winning run in game one and doubled home a run in the nightcap as the Midshipmen swept Holy Cross in a baseball doubleheader, 2-1 and 7-5, on Sunday afternoon at Terwilliger Brothers Field at Max Bishop Stadium. Navy took all four games from Holy Cross in its Patriot League opening weekend to improve to 23-8-1 overall and 4-0 in league play. The Crusaders dropped to 9-11-1 on the year and 0-4 in the league.
Navy's four-game sweep of the Crusaders marked the first time the Midshipmen have swept a Patriot League opponent since April 22-23, 2000, against Holy Cross in Annapolis.
Holy Cross jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. With two outs and nobody on, Tucker Frawley singled up the middle and would score after the Crusaders worked back-to-back-to-back walks. However, Navy freshman starter Tim Hammond struck out Jake Gorman to get out the bases loaded jam with only one run crossing the plate.
The Crusaders tallied two hits in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings, but once again Hammond would have the answer to get out of the inning unscathed as Holy Cross stranded 11 runners in game one.
While the visiting Crusaders racked up eight hits over the first six innings, Navy only managed one hit - a bunt single in the third - off of Holy Cross starter Rob Oteri. Oteri was making only his second appearance of 2006 and first start of the campaign on Sunday.
Heading into the seventh still trailing 1-0, Oteri induced a groundout and struck out the next batter. With nobody on and two outs, Joshua Martinez was hit by a pitch and Will Sheehan came in to pinch run at first. McGinn worked the count full before ripping a double to left that allowed Sheehan to score to tie the game at one. Jack Ferrick then came in to pinch-hit and sent the first pitch he saw for a single into right as McGinn rounded third and beat the throw home to give the Mids a walk-off 2-1 victory.
Hammond struck out a season-high eight batters and did not issue a walk over the final-five innings to record his first-career victory and complete game. The freshman used 112 pitches to improve his mark to 1-1.
Oteri also tossed a complete game, striking out five and walking only two, yet picked up the loss to fall to 0-1.
In game two, Navy struck first with a run in the bottom of the first, but the Crusaders bounced back with three runs in the top of the third. Tom Potvin doubled home a pair of runs and scored on a Frawley single to put Holy Cross ahead, 3-1.
The Midshipmen immediately responded in the bottom half of the inning with three runs of their own to reclaim the lead, 4-3, and then extended the advantage to three runs with a run in both the fifth and sixth innings for a 6-3 cushion.
Holy Cross narrowed the margin to one with a pair of runs in the seventh. With the bases loaded and two outs, Frawley delivered a two-run single to center that made the score 6-5. With runners on second and third with two down, Navy reliever Ryan Hefner was able to get out of the inning courtesy of a Hollins catch on the warning track in center. Hefner retired the final-seven batters in order to pick up his second save in as many days.
The Midshipmen added an insurance run in the eighth, to push the Mids ahead by the eventual final score of 7-5.
Dan Seip was tagged with the loss for the Crusaders to fall to 2-2 on the year. Seip allowed four runs on eight hits with one walk and two strikeouts in 3.2 innings.
Frawley posted a 2-for-4 performance with three RBIs in the nightcap, and fellow senior Andrew Sweeney recorded two runs and two hits.
Holy Cross is back at home on Tuesday, April 4, when it hosts Massachusetts in non-conference action at 4:00 PM.