April 9, 2008
WORCESTER, Mass. - Junior Tim Hughes (Andover, Mass.) went 3-for-3 hitting a solo home run, scoring three runs, and driving in two RBIs as the Holy Cross baseball team defeated Hartford, 11-10, in non-conference action this afternoon. With the victory, the Crusaders improve to 13-16 overall while the Hawks drop to 9-14 on the season.
Senior Brendan Akashian (Lowell, Mass.) also had a strong day at the plate, going 2-for-3 including a double, driving in two runs, and scoring a run for Holy Cross.
Trailing 1-0 going into the top of the second, Hartford evened the score as Adam Bowser hit a leadoff double and then scored on a sacrifice fly to right field by Rodger Wilmot. Holy Cross rallied in six runs in the bottom of the inning as senior Akashian drove in two runs on a one-out single and senior Kyle Lister (Lincoln, R.I.) doubled to left-center field, driving in two runs. In the bottom of the third, Hughes put the Crusaders up, 8-1, homering to centerfield.
The Hawks answered back in the top of the fourth, scoring five runs, led by Simon Kudernatsch who drove in two runs on a single to centerfield and Mike Amendola who doubled to left field, driving in two runs.
Hartford got within one run, 8-7, as Matt Walker hit a solo home run to left field in the top of the fifth. In the bottom of the inning, sophomore Matt Perry (Sudbury, Mass.) drove in two runs for the Crusaders on a one-out single, making the score 10-7.
The Hawks threatened again in the top of the sixth inning as sophomore reliever Tommy Arrigg (Andover, Mass.) took the mound with the bases loaded with no outs. After jamming Amendola into hitting a sacrifice fly, Arrigg struck out Walker and got Drexel to ground out to the shortstop.
Hartford got within one of Holy Cross in the top of the eighth as Bowser homered to left field. Walker's ninth inning home run to centerfield tied the game, 10-10, but Holy Cross quickly filled the bases in the bottom of the inning. With two outs, sophomore John Sills (Milton, Mass.) stayed patient at the plate, picking up a walk to bring in the winning run.
The Crusaders return to action this weekend, April 12-13, as they travel to Bucknell for two Patriot League doubleheaders. The first games will start at noon.