April 8, 2008

Baseball Defeats Northeastern, 3-2

April 8, 2008

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WORCESTER, Mass. - Sophomore John Sills (Milton, Mass.) hit a two-out single with the bases loaded, driving in the winning run as the Holy Cross baseball team defeated Northeastern, 3-2, at Fitton Field this afternoon. With the victory, the Crusaders improve to 12-16 overall while the Huskies drop to 11-12-1 on the season.

Senior Brendan Akashian (Lowell, Mass.) also had a strong day at the plate, going 3-for-4 including a doubles and scoring two runs.

After a scoreless first two innings, Northeastern grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the third as David Gustafson drove in Ryan Maguire on a fielder's choice. The Crusaders evened the score, 1-1, in the bottom of the inning as Sills scored from third base on an error by the Huskies' catcher Tony DiCesare.

Northeastern was patient at the plate in the top of the sixth, getting back-to-back walks to start the inning. A fielder's choice by senior Matt O'Brien (Hingham, Mass.) on the next play got the leadoff runner out at third base. With two men on and one out, sophomore reliever Ryan George (Seekonk, Mass.) took the mound and got the final two outs, jamming Frank Pesanello into flying out to left field and striking out Brendan Stokes.

Freshman Eric Oxford (Danvers, Mass.) gave the Crusaders a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the seventh, doubling to left center field to drive in Akashian from first base who reached on a leadoff single to left field to start the inning. Northeastern tied the game, 2-2, in the top of the eighth as Mike Tamsin tripled to right center field and then scored on a sacrifice fly to right field by Russ Lyon.

With the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth and two outs, Sills singled to center field, driving in Akashian from third base who reached on a double to right center field.

George (2-2) picked up the win, pitching three and two thirds innings and striking out four while giving up one hit and one run. Carrington received the loss for Northeastern, pitching one and two thirds innings and giving up two hits, one run and striking out one.

The Crusaders return to action tomorrow, Wednesday April 9, as they host Hartford at 3:00 p.m.