April 6, 2008
WORCESTER, Mass. - Freshman Brendan McCrea (Hicksville, N.Y.) drove in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh as the Holy Cross baseball team split with Army in a Patriot League doubleheader at Fitton Field, winning the first game 2-1 and dropping game two, 8-1. The Crusaders are now 11-16 (6-2 Patriot League) while the Black Knights are 9-18 on the season (3-5 Patriot League).
In game one, Army jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth as Chris Simmons singled to left field, driving in Cole White from third base. With one out and two men on, freshman Eric Oxford (Danvers, Mass.) threw out J.P. Polchinski at home and Mike Greco flew out to left field for the final out. The Black Knights threatened in the top of the fifth, getting two men on with no outs. Senior catcher Brendan Akashian (Lowell, Mass.) threw out Capozzi at third and sophomore Bobby Holmes (Dedham, Mass.) jammed Cole White into grounding into a double play to end Army's attempted rally. Holy Cross tied the game, 1-1, in the bottom of the sixth as junior Jake Gorman (Norfolk, Mass.) hit a two-out solo home run to left field. With runners on the corners and one out in the bottom of the seventh, McCrea bunted up the third base line but the Black Knights were unable to get the out at the plate as sophomore John Sills (Milton, Mass.) scored from third, giving the Crusaders a 2-1 league victory.
In the second game, Gorman went 2-for-3 including a double and scored a run for Holy Cross, driven in by senior Gil Gomez (Lake Worth, Fla.) on a sacrifice fly to left field.
The Crusaders return to action on Tuesday, April 8, when they host Northeastern at 3:00 p.m.