April 7, 2007
WORCESTER, Mass. - Senior Scott Hampe (Dedham, Mass.) threw his first career collegiate no-hitter and junior catcher Brendan Akashian (Lowell, Mass.) went 4-for-5 with five RBI as the Holy Cross baseball team swept a doubleheader with Lehigh this afternoon in Patriot League action at Fitton Field, winning by scores of 4-0 and 6-3. The Crusaders improve to 4-14 overall (2-4 Patriot League), while the Mountain Hawks fall to 11-14-1 overall (1-5 Patriot League). These two teams will conclude the four-game series on Sunday with a doubleheader at noon.
In game one, Hampe was outstanding as he pitched a seven-inning complete game no-hitter allowing no runs with four strikeouts. He is now 2-1 on the season. The Crusaders jumped out to a 2-0 lead when Akashian doubled to left center driving in seniors Matt Perron (Auburn, Mass.) and Norm Roth (Orange, Conn.). Holy Cross increased its lead to 4-0 in the bottom of the sixth when Roth scored on a wild pitch and sophomore Tim Hughes (Andover, Mass.) singled in Akashian. Hampe forced the first two Lehigh batters of the seventh to ground out to freshman second baseman Matt Perry (Sudbury, Mass.) and then after a walk he recorded the final out on another ground out to Perry.
In the second game, Akashian went 3-for-4 with three RBI and sophomore Tyler Stampone (Meadowbrook, Pa.) went 2-for-4 with two RBI. Sophomore Dan Seip (North Carver, Mass.) earned the win for the Crusaders to improve to 1-3 as he allowed only one run on one hit in 6.2 innings. Senior Kevin Beglane (East Longmeadow, Mass.) received the save as he pitched 1.2 scoreless innings on no hits.
Holy Cross scored three runs in the bottom of the first to take a 3-0 lead when Akashian tripled in senior Jamie Aldrich (Stratford, Conn.) and Roth. Stampone then singled to right field driving in Akashian. Lehigh's Nick Bet hit a RBI double in the third to make it a 3-1 game. The Crusaders increased their lead to 6-1 in the bottom of the seventh with three runs and then the Mountain Hawks made it a 6-3 game with two runs in the top of the eighth. Beglane would then shut out Lehigh the rest of the way for the 6-3 final score.
Roth also had a big day as he went 4-for-7 with four runs scored. The Holy Cross pitching staff was strong on the day allowing three runs on two hits in 16 innings.