April 11, 2005
Worcester, Mass. - Holy Cross' five game winning streak was snapped in the second game of the HC/Navy twinbill on Monday afternoon at Clark University's Granger Field. The Crusaders won the first game, 1-0 and the Mids took the second battle, 5-3. Holy Cross is now 9-10 overall and 3-1 in Patriot League play, while Navy moved to 7-21-1 and 3-5 in the conference.
In the first game, sophomore Jamie Aldrich singled to right scoring Tom Potvin from third in the bottom half of the fifth inning for the game's only run. The Crusaders scattered six hits against Navy pitcher Mark McCoy, who got the loss.
HC starter Rob Oteri (1-2) earned his first win of the season, working six scoreless innings with just three hits and five strikeouts. Sophomore closer Scott Hampe picked up his fifth save of the year, sitting down three consecutive Midshipmen in the top of the seventh to seal the victory.
In the second game, the Navy batters wasted no time getting runs on the board. In the first inning, Trevor Thompson singled in Dominic Lopez who led things off with a double and had moved to third on a passed ball. In the second, Matt Lukevics tripled and was doubled in by Johnathan-Matthew Johnston for a 2-0 Navy lead. Johnston then stole third and scored on an error by HC catcher Brian Abraham to give the Mids a 3-0 cushion. Navy scored again in the third on a RBI single by Thomas Hamilton to lead 4-0.
The Crusaders got a run in the bottom half of the fourth on an Abraham sacrifice, but Navy came right back to score in the fifth on another errant throw. Holy Cross scored runs in the sixth and seventh innings to cut the lead to two (5-3), but would not get any closer.
Navy's Ryan Hefner picked up the win after allowing just one run on five hits in five innings of work. C.J. Hillyer took the loss after giving up four runs (three earned) in four and 1/3 innings. Hillyer had six strikeouts on the afternoon.
The Crusaders travel to Simsbury, Conn. on Wednesday for a 3:00 game at Hartford.