April 15, 2009
WORCESTER, Mass. - Senior Jake Gorman (Norfolk, Mass.) hit a grand slam but the Holy Cross baseball team fell to Dartmouth, 7-6, in non-conference action on Wednesday afternoon at Fitton Field. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 14-21 while the Big Green improves to 16-10.
After two scoreless innings, in the top of the third inning Dartmouth's David Turnell picked up a one-out walk and then advanced to second on a wild pitch and to third on a balk. A walk put Joe Scalafani on first and then a wild pitch scored Turnell. A triple down the left field line by Jake Carlson drove in Scalafani for the Big Green's second run of the inning. A sacrifice fly to right field by Brett Gardner scored Carlson from third base, giving Dartmouth a 3-0 lead.
Dartmouth put up three more runs in the top of the fifth inning, but Holy Cross answered back in the bottom of the inning as junior Chris Blanchard (Norwich, Conn.) was hit by a pitch and then advanced to second base on a walk by sophomore Brendan McCrea (Hicksville, N.Y.). A double into left field by junior Matt Perry (Sudbury, Mass.) scored Blanchard, giving Holy Cross its first run of the game. A walk by sophomore Eric Oxford (Danvers, Mass.) loaded the bases and Gorman hit a grand-slam to left field, making the score 6-5. Freshman Chris Sintetos (Bethesda, Md.) added an RBI single later in the inning to tie the score at 6-6.
The score remained tied until the top of the eighth inning, when Dartmouth's Ray Allen reached first on an error and then advanced to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Johnathan Santopadre. A wild pitched moved Allen to third and single by Jim Wren drove in Allen, lifting the Big Green to a 7-6 victory.
Blanchard received the loss, despite pitching four innings and giving up just one unearned run on three hits while striking out three batters. Ryan Smith picked up the win for Dartmouth, holding Holy Cross to one hit while striking out three batters in two and 1/3 innings.
The Crusaders return to action on April 18-19, traveling to Lafayette for a Patriot League four-game series. Both days the first game will begin at 12:00 p.m.