April 8, 2009
WEST HARTFORD, Conn. - Senior second baseman Jake Gorman (Norfolk, Mass.) went two for three with three runs scored and four runs batted in as the Holy Cross baseball team fell to Hartford, 13-12, in 10 innings Wednesday afternoon. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 12-17 while Hartford improves to 5-15.
The Hawks jumped out to a 4-0 lead, scoring two runs in the first inning and two in the third. Holy Cross put three runs on the board in the top of the fourth inning when sophomore first baseman Eric Oxford (Danvers, Mass.) reached first on a throwing error by the Hartford second baseman. Oxford advanced to second when Gorman walked and then both runners scored when junior shortstop John Sills (Milton, Mass.) hit a three-run home run over the left field fence.
The Crusaders took the lead, 6-4, in the top of the fifth inning, scoring three runs on four singles. A one-out single up the middle by sophomore center fielder Brendan McCrea (Hicksville, N.Y.) got the Holy Cross offense started. McCrea moved up a base on a single by freshman right fielder John Pedrotty (Portsmouth, R.I.) and then scored on a single by junior third baseman Matt Perry (Sudbury, Mass.). Both Pedrotty and Perry scored on a single to left field by Oxford.
Hartford added a run in the bottom of the fifth, but Holy Cross responded with two runs in the top of the sixth, starting the inning with a leadoff home run to left field by Gorman. With one out, sophomore outfielder Jack Laurendeau (Sudbury, Mass.) lined a single to center field, advanced to second on a wild pitch and moved to third on a ground out by freshman catcher Steve Tkowski (Bourne, Mass.). A two-out double to right field by McCrea scored Laurendeau for the eighth Crusader run of the game.
Holy Cross held on to its lead until the bottom of the ninth inning when Hartford scored four runs on two hits to tie the game and force extra innings. The Crusaders scored one run in the top of the 10th inning when Laurendeau reached first on an error and scored an unearned run on a double by sophomore catcher Eddie Bleiler (Sudbury, Mass.). The Hawks tied the game in the bottom of the inning on a RBI single by Simon Kudernatsch and won the game when Mike Amendola singled down the left field line.
Freshman Matt Croglio (Fayetteville, N.Y.) made the start on the mound for the Crusaders, pitching two complete innings and allowing two runs on one hit. Junior Ryan George (Seekonk, Mass.) suffered the loss for Holy Cross, falling to 1-2, while Kudernatsch picked up his second win of the season and improves to 2-0. The Crusaders scored 12 runs on 14 hits and committed just one error, while the Hawks scored 13 runs on 16 hits and had three errors.
Holy Cross continues Patriot League play this weekend, hosting Bucknell on April 11-12, for two doubleheaders.