April 10, 2006
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - The Holy Cross baseball team rallied from an early five-run deficit to drill 17 hits and put up a season-high 17 runs, while pummeling Lehigh in a 12-run win (17-5) in the final game of a four-game series with the Mountain Hawks on Monday afternoon at the Goodman Campus field. In the first game of the day, Crusader sophomore Gil Gomez launched a pinch hit grand slam in the seventh inning to tie the game at 8-8, but Lehigh scored an unearned run on an infield error for a 9-8 win. Holy Cross won the first two games of the series yesterday afternoon and with the split today, moves to 12-13-1 overall and 3-5 in the Patriot League. Lehigh moves to 14-20 on the season and 4-4 in conference play.
Gomez finished the day with six RBI on two hits. Junior outfielder Norm Roth turned in his best offensive outing of the season with a 3-for-4 performance at the plate, including two doubles and four RBI in game two. Freshman Tyler Stampone went 5-for-10 with four RBI, including a double and a triple in the second game, while Kyle Lister went 3-for-5 with a double and three RBI, also in the second game. Senior Tucker Frawley was 3-for-7 with three RBI on the day.
In the first game, Holy Cross headed into the final inning down, 8-4. The Crusaders put up two runs in both the third and fifth innings off Lehigh starter Joe Matteo, after Lehigh scored five runs in the first and three more in the sixth. With the bases loaded and one out in the top half of the seventh, Gomez unloaded on a pitch and watched his first career grand slam clear the left field fence, tying the game at 8-8.
But in the bottom of the seventh, with two on and two out, an errant throw from the Crusader infield allowed Matt Geiger to score the game winning run on a grounder to the left side.
In game two, the Mountain Hawks again built a quick 5-1 lead, scoring three times in the first and two more in the second. But Holy Cross came back with a vengeance, scoring in six of the nine innings, including a four-run fifth and a five-run eighth, in the 17-5 win.
Holy Cross totaled 31 hits on the day. Eight different batters recorded hits in the second game, and five of those eight players had two hits or more.
Freshman pitcher Dan Seip allowed only two earned runs in seven innings to get the win on the hill for the Crusaders.
Holy Cross will begin a seven-game home stand starting Tuesday, April 11, with a 4:00 PM game against Northeastern. The Crusaders will then take on Hartford on Wednesday, April 12, before their four-game series with Army over the holiday weekend. Holy Cross concludes its home stand on Tuesday, April 18, when it hosts Rhode Island at 5:00 PM.