April 15, 2006
WORCESTER, Mass. - Army pitchers Nick Hill, Milan Dinga and Ben Mayhew combined to strikeout 17 batters and allow just two runs on seven hits across two games, as they Black Knights defeated Holy Cross, 2-1 and 5-1 in Patriot League doubleheader action on Saturday afternoon at Fitton Field. Army improves to 17-16-1 overall (3-7 Patriot League), while Holy Cross falls to 13-16-1 (3-7 Patriot League).
The left-handed Hill earned his third win of the year after throwing 6.0 innings and allowing one run on three hits, while recording eight strikeouts in the first game. Dinga entered the game in the seventh to record his sixth save of the season after retiring three batters.
In the second game, the Cadets got a complete game effort from the 6-foot-6 Mayhew, who worked all nine innings and allowed just one run on three hits, while striking out eight.
Offensively in game one, Army took a one run lead in the second inning when Jeremy Stache ripped an RBI double to right center, scoring White, who had reach base on an error and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Kyle Fleming.
Holy Cross responded in the fourth when Tom Potvin singled up the middle, scoring Gil Gomez. Gomez walked to start the inning and stole second, putting himself in scoring position. He reached third on Potvin's base hit, and was able to score after the ball was misplayed in the field.
The Cadets then got the go-ahead run, and essentially, the game-winning run, when the versatile White launched a solo shot to center field to start the sixth inning.
Holy Cross starter Scott Hampe worked 7.0 innings and allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits, while striking out four batters in his third complete game of the season.
In game two, the Crusaders took a 1-0 lead in the fourth when Norm Roth crossed the plate after a fielding error by the second baseman. Jamie Aldrich struck out to start the inning, but Roth singled through the left side to give the home team some momentum. Roth moved into scoring position after a fielder's choice to get Tucker Frawley out on a groundball. Kyle Lister then drew a walk and with two on and two out, Tyler Stampone drilled the ball up the middle, which was misplayed in the field, allotting Roth the time to round third and reach home. Holy Cross then had the bases loaded with two down, but Mayhew was able to get out of the jam with a huge strikeout.
The Black Knights responded in the fifth, however, and scored five runs on two hits. Two Holy Cross fielding errors and a wild pitch made up for three of Army's five runs. Chris Simmons accounted for the other two with a two-run single to center.
Simmons led Army with a 2-for-5 performance at the plate in the second game. White went 2-for-7 on the day with two runs scored and an RBI. Jeremy Stache went 3-for-7 and also drove in a run.
Seven different Crusaders accounted for their seven hits on the afternoon. Frawley went 1-for-3 in the first game and now has 171 career hits, just four away from becoming the all-time career hits leader in Holy Cross baseball history.
Holy Cross and Army will conclude the four-game series on Sunday, April 16. The first game will begin at 12:00 p.m.