April 9, 2006
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - The Holy Cross baseball team bounced back from an 0-6-1 slump the past two weeks to take two games from Lehigh on Sunday afternoon at the Goodman Campus. The Crusaders won the first game, 7-2, and earned a 3-2 victory in 13 innings in game two of the series. The two wins were the first for Holy Cross in Patriot League play, as the team improves to 11-12-1 overall (2-4 Patriot League). Lehigh falls to 13-19 on the season (3-3 Patriot League).
The Crusaders rolled in the first game of the weekend series, as they put up all seven runs in the first two innings. Holy Cross scored five runs on four hits in the opening frame. Freshman Tyler Stampone got the visitors going with a two-run single up the middle. Brian Abraham, Gil Gomez and Andrew Sweeney all added RBI singles later in the inning. In the second, the Crusaders got RBI singles to left field from both Kyle Lister and Steve Soldi to account for the seven-run outburst.
Lehigh scored two runs in the bottom half of the inning to cut the deficit to five (7-2), but Crusader starter Scott Hampe shut the Mountain Hawk bats down the rest of the way, as he pitched a complete-game four hitter for his third win of the season.
In game two, Holy Cross again wasted little time jumping out in front. Left fielder Jamie Aldrich walked, stole a base, and later scored on a wild pitch to give Holy Cross a 1-0 lead in the first inning.
Lehigh managed to tie the game in the third, when an Andrew Smith groundout plated Joe Ercolano to tie the score at 1-1.
Holy Cross forged ahead in the top of the seventh when Sweeney singled home pinch hitter Steve Soldi, who had reached on an error, to give the Crusaders a 2-1 lead. But Lehigh's Jeff Benfield ripped a single to right field, tying the score in the bottom of the ninth.
Holy Cross starter Mike Miller scattered three hits over five innings, and Lehigh's Jed Davitt allowed only one earned run in six and a third innings.
In 13 innings, the teams combined for just five runs and 13 hits. Holy Cross left ten runners on base, and Lehigh stranded eleven.
Lehigh and Holy Cross will conclude the weekend series with another doubleheader on Monday. The first game begins at noon. Both games will be broadcast live on the Lehigh web site at Lehighsports.com, with streaming provided by Yahoo! Sports.