April 10, 2005
Lowell, Mass. - Holy Cross extended its winning streak to four straight games after defeating Navy, 4-1 and 10-9, in Patriot League doubleheader action at Alumni Park in Lowell on Sunday afternoon. Senior third baseman Mike Schell led the Crusaders with a 4-for-7 performance, including two doubles, three RBI and three runs scored on the afternoon, and sophomore Andrew Tenaglia hit a walk off home run in the second game to give the Crusaders a come-from-behind win. The Crusaders improve to 8-9 overall and 2-0 in the League. Navy drops to 6-20-1 overall and 2-4 in the conference.
In the first game, Holy Cross put two runs on the board in the first inning after Schell doubled to center, scoring Jamie Aldrich. Junior Tucker Frawley scored the other HC run on a sacrifice by senior Steve Buckley. Navy kept it close, putting an unearned run on the board in the third before Schell scored on a wild pitch by Navy's Burgess Nichols in the third. In the fourth inning, Frawley scored his second run of the game on a Schell double to center, giving Holy Cross a 4-1 advantage. Schell led the Crusaders offensively with a 3-for-3 performance at the plate, including two doubles, two RBI and a run scored.
Mike Miller (3-1) went the distance for Holy Cross, throwing a complete-game two-hitter to pick up his third win of the season. Miller struck out six and walked two without allowing any earned runs. Nichols pitched six innings for the Mids, allowing four earned runs on eight hits. He also struck out seven and walked two.
In the second game, Holy Cross took and early 3-0 lead in the first after RBI singles by Schell and Buckley. Andrew Tenaglia then recorded an RBI on a fielder's choice, scoring Schell. Navy battled back in the top of the second inning to score two runs and cut the Crusader lead to one (3-2). D.J. Faldowski sent an RBI single to right center and advanced to third on a Ryan McGinn double. Faldowski scored one batter later on a sacrifice fly by Thomas Hamilton. The Mids then tied things up in the fourth when McGinn sent a solo shot over the left field fence.
In the top of the fifth, Navy scored two more runs, taking a 5-3 lead. Renaldo Hollins scored on a fielder's choice and Dominic Lopez crossed the plate on a balk by HC pitcher Matt Blake. The Crusaders responded in the bottom half of the inning when Tucker Frawley singled through the right side to drive home Mike Marron, getting HC within one (5-4). With the bases loaded later in the inning, Brian Abraham singled to right center, scoring Frawley and Schell to put Holy Cross back on top, 6-5.
Navy's Mitchell Harris tied the game again (6-6) when he homered in the top of the eighth. Two batters later, McGinn hit a two-run jack into the left field stands to put the Mid's back in front, 8-6.
In the bottom of the eighth, Jamie Aldrich singled to center, scoring Tom Potvin to get the Crusaders within one (8-7). Frawley then reached on an error by the third baseman Lopez, which enabled Andrew Sweeney to score the tying run from second base. But Navy took the lead back in the top of the ninth when Trevor Thompson scored from second base after an errant throw to first base on a routine play to second, giving the Mids a 9-8 lead.
Tenaglia then came to the plate with no outs in the bottom of the ninth and sent a shot over the fence in left center for a two-run walk off homer.
McGinn finished the game 5-for-5 with two homers, two singles, a double and three RBI for Navy.
Sophomore Scott Hampe picked up his first win of the season, going 2/3 of an inning, allowing just one hit and no runs. Navy's James Lee was charged with the loss, after giving up two runs on two hits in 2/3 of an inning of work.
Jim McCloud started the game for Holy Cross, allowing three hits and three runs in four innings pitched. McCloud also walked a batter and struck out three. Matt Blake entered the game in the fifth and allowed five runs on six hits in three innings.
Navy starter Jeff Lange pitched four and 2/3 innings, giving up six runs on 11 hits, while striking out four.
The Crusaders and Mids meet up again tomorrow when they play two more games at Clark University. The first game starts at noon.