April 6, 2005
Cambridge, Mass. - Senior Mike Schell drove in the only run of the game in the top of the 14th inning and sophomore pitcher Scott Hampe made easy work of the final three Harvard batters to lead the Holy Cross baseball team to a 1-0 non-conference victory over the Crimson at O'Donnell Field on Wednesday afternoon. The Crusaders have now won four of their last five games and improve to 6-9 on the season, heading into their first Patriot League series this weekend. Harvard drops to 11-7 overall.
Sophomore Brian Abraham and senior Mike Marron drew back-to-back walks to start things off in the top of the 14th inning, giving the Crusaders two base runners with one out. Abraham then reached third after a fielder's choice erased Marron at second.
At that point, the Crimson gave the ball to Morgan Brown, their seventh pitcher of the afternoon, to face Schell with two on and two out. But Schell won the battle at the plate, picking up an RBI single to give the Crusaders the first run of the game. Brown was able to get out of the inning without any more damage after Andrew Tenaglia fouled out to put Harvard back at the dish with a chance to tie.
But Hampe entered the game and was unstoppable, getting John Wolff to pop out, and then proceeding to strike out Matt Vance and Lance Salsgiver in order, to pick up his fourth save of the season.
Kevin O'Dea (1-0) was credited with the win, going three innings and only allowing three hits and a walk. C.J. Hillyer, Tim Thran and Jason Lynch worked the middle innings and combined for seven scoreless frames, giving up just two hits over 25 batters. Starter Rob Oteri pitched two innings, striking out two and only allowed one hit.
Senior Steve Buckley led the Crusaders offensively, going 2-for-4 at the plate with a double. In addition to the game-winning RBI, Schell had four putouts and eight assists defensively. Tenaglia recorded 13 putouts at first base, and Marron added 10 putouts.
Holy Cross plays host to Navy this weekend in Patriot League doubleheader action. The two teams square up at noon and again at 2:00 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.