April 12, 2008
LEWISBURG, Pa. - Sophomore Bobby Holmes (Dedham, Mass.) threw his first career complete game, picking up his second collegiate shutout in the second game as the Holy Cross baseball team split with Bucknell in a Patriot League doubleheader this afternoon, dropping the first game 8-4 and winning game two 8-0. The Crusaders are now 14-17 (7-3 Patriot League) while the Bison 15-16-2 (Patriot League 5-5).
Freshman Eric Oxford (Danvers, Mass.) a great day at the plate during the second game, going 3-for-5 including a double, scoring two runs and driving in a run.
In the second game, Holy Cross jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning as Oxford hit a double down the right field line, driving in freshman Brendan McCrea (Hicksville, N.Y.) from third base. Sophomore John Sills (Milton, Mass.) singled into center field, scoring Oxford and senior Brendan Akashian (Lowell, Mass.), who reached base on a walk. In the top of the third, a solo home run by senior Gil Gomez (Lake Worth, Fla.) put Holy Cross ahead of the Bison, 4-0. The Crusaders rallied in four more runs as freshman Nick Ciardellio (Edison N.J.) who scored the final run of the game, hitting his first collegiate home run to left field in the top of the ninth. Holmes (3-3) pitched nine scoreless innings, scattering five hits while striking out three batters and walking one.
In game one, junior Jake Gorman (Norfolk, Mass.) went 2-for-3 including a triple, a double and scoring two runs while Akashian also went 2-for-3 including scoring a run for Holy Cross.
The Crusaders and the Bison return to action tomorrow, Sunday April 13, wrapping up their four-game series with a doubleheader tomorrow starting at 12:00 p.m.