April 15, 2008
WORCESTER, Mass. - Junior Dan Seip (North Carver, Mass.) pitched seven strong innings, giving up just two runs on eight hits while striking out six batters as the Holy Cross baseball team defeated Central Connecticut, 4-3, at Fitton Field this evening. With the victory, the Crusaders improve to 15-19 overall while the Blue Devils drop to 11-14.
Sophomore Matt Perry (Sudbury, Mass.) had an impressive day at the plate, going 3-for-4 including a double and driving in the winning run.
After a scoreless first inning, Central Connecticut grabbed a 2-0 lead as Sean Connors drove in two runs on a two out single to centerfield, driving in Pat Epps and Tommy Meade who both reached base on singles. Holy Cross threatened in the bottom of the inning as a sacrifice bunt by Hughes, moving freshman Eric Oxford (Danvers, Mass.) and junior Billy Cupelo (Franklin, Mass.) into scoring position with two outs but an out at home ended the Crusaders' attempted rally.
Holy Cross got the bats going again in the bottom of the fourth as senior Brendan Akashian (Lowell, Mass.) hit a solo home run to right field. With two outs, Hughes singled to left field, scoring Oxford from second base. Stealing second and third, junior Tim Hughes (Andover, Mass.) score the third run of the inning on error, putting the Crusader ahead, 3-2.
Perry drove in the winning run on a two-out single to left field, driving in Hughes, who reached on a triple to deep right field.
The Blue Devils got within a run with one out, 4-3, in the top of the eighth but senior Gil Gomez (Lake Worth, Fla.) came in to get the final five outs of the game, including four strikeouts.
Seip's (1-3) seven inning performance earned him the win and tied his season-high strikeouts in a game with six. Chachko received the loss for Central Connecticut being chased after pitching one and two thirds of an inning and giving up two hits, one run, and striking out two.
The Crusaders return to action tomorrow, April 16, when they travel to Dartmouth for a game scheduled at 3:00 p.m.