April 14, 2007
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Sophomore Jake Gorman (Norfolk, Mass.) went 3-for-8 on the day including two home runs and four RBI in the second game, but it was not enough as the Holy Cross baseball team dropped a doubleheader at Army this afternoon in Patriot League action at Doubleday Field, losing by scores of 3-0 and 9-8 (10 innings). The Crusaders fall to 7-17 overall (4-6 Patriot League), while the Black Knights improve 13-16-1 overall (4-6 Patriot League). These two teams will wrap up their four-game series with a doubleheader tomorrow starting at 1:00 p.m.
In the first game, the Black Knights scored the only runs of the game with three in the bottom of the first inning, including one on a RBI single by Milan Dinga. Dinga would score on an error later in the inning and Kyle Stramara brought in a run with a ground out to third base. Nick Hill earned the win as he pitched six scoreless innings on three hits with four strikeouts, while Dinga registered the save as he pitched a perfect seventh inning. Senior Scott Hampe (Dedham, Mass.) allowed three runs with two earned on five hits, while striking out four batters in six innings.
In the second game, the Crusaders jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first with a RBI single to right field by sophomore Tyler Stampone (Meadowbrook, Pa.). After Army scored a run in the bottom of the second, Holy Cross made it a 2-1 game in the third when Gorman homered to left field. The Black Knights responded with a run of their own in the bottom of the inning to tie the game.
The Crusaders then took a 6-2 lead in the top of the fourth with four runs. Senior Matt Perron (Auburn, Mass.) hit a RBI single to left field and Gorman hit a three-run homer to left center. Gorman now has a team-leading four home runs on the season. Army would score one run in the fourth and two in the sixth to cut the Holy Cross lead to 6-5. In the top of the eighth, Perron singled to left center driving in two runs to increase the lead to 8-5. In the bottom of the ninth, Army rallied to tie the game and send it into extra innings with three runs. With one out, Chris Simmons tripled in two runs and J.P. Polchinski singled in Simmons with two outs to tie the game. With two outs in the bottom of the 10th, Simmons singled in the game-winning run. Cole White earned the win as he pitched a perfect 10th inning.