April 16, 2005
Worcester, Mass. - The Holy Cross baseball team fell to 10-13 overall and 3-3 in the Patriot League with a pair of losses to Lehigh University on Saturday afternoon at Tivnan Field. The Crusaders dropped the first game 9-1 and the second 8-1 to the Mountain Hawks, who are now 18-13-1 overall and 7-3 in the League.
In the first game, Lehigh's Jack Muscalus pitched a complete-game five-hitter to pick up his fourth victory of the season. Muscalus pitched seven innings and allowed just one run, while striking out two.
Junior Tucker Frawley sent a RBI double to right, scoring Mike Marron for the lone Crusader run. Frawley led the Crusaders with a 2-for-3 performance at the plate, including his RBI double. Marron, Andrew Tenaglia and Brendan Akashian all had singles.
Lehigh scored runs in four consecutive innings to build its eight-run lead. The Mountain Hawks put four runs on the board in the second inning, scored an unearned run in the third and added three scores in the fourth on an Andrew Smith three-run homer to right. Joseph Ercolano's RBI single scored Mike Sandonato for LU's ninth run.
Sophomore Mike Miller (3-2) took the loss after allowing eight runs on eight hits in 4.0 innings.
In the second game, the Crusaders were held to four hits and made three errors in the 8-1 loss. The Crusaders got on the board first after Steve Buckley's solo shot to right in the bottom half of the second inning.
But Lehigh took over the game after that, scoring two runs in the third and another in the fourth to take a 3-1 lead. In the top of the seventh, Andrew Smith connected on his second long ball of the day, with a three-run shot to left center. The Moutain Hawks tacked on two more runs in the eighth to put the game out of reach.
Freshman pitcher C.J. Hillyer picked up the loss pitching six innings and allowing six hits, three runs (one earned) and striking out two Lehigh batters. Lehigh's Joe Matteo improved to 3-2 after pitching a complete-game four-hitter. Matteo struck out five HC batters and struck out five.
The Crusaders and Mountain Hawks play two games again on Sunday, starting at 12:00 p.m. Both contests will be held at Tivnan Field on Lake Avenue.