April 16, 2006
WORCESTER, Mass. - The Army baseball team completed the weekend sweep of Holy Cross after an 8-1 win in game three and an 8-7 win in game four, on Sunday afternoon at Fitton Field. Army defeated Holy Cross, 2-1 and 5-1 on Saturday afternoon. Holy Cross falls to 13-18-1 overall (3-9 Patriot League), while Army improves to 19-16-1 on the season (5-7 Patriot League).
The lone bright spot for the Crusaders was Tucker Frawley's record-setting day. Frawley came into the afternoon just four hits shy of setting the all-time career hits mark in Holy Cross baseball history. The senior second baseman did not disappoint, with a 5-for-8 performance on the afternoon, including three RBI and a run scored. Frawley passed Crusader great Ronnie Perry, Jr.'s mark of 174 career hits, set back in 1980.
In the first game, Army put up two runs in the third and then unloaded with a five-run fourth inning, as it cruised to an 8-1 win. Holy Cross had nine hits in the game, but only managed to score one run, which came in the bottom of the seventh, when Frawley drove in Brian Abraham with a single to right.
Milan Dinga led the Cadets with a 2-for-4 showing at the plate with four RBI. Dinga ripped a bases-clearing double down the left field line in the fourth and had an RBI single in the third to lead the Army offense.
Army got a solid pitching performance from sophomore right hander Cole White, who worked 6.0 scoreless innings and allowed just five hits, while striking out five.
In game two, Kyle Scogin had an outstanding performance at the plate to lead the visitors to victory. The junior shortstop just missed hitting for the cycle, as he went 4-for-5 with two singles, a double, a triple and three RBI.
Army jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first, but the Crusaders responded with two runs in the home half of the inning to tie the ball game. Kyle Lister sent an RBI single to center field, scoring Norm Roth, who drew a walk earlier in the inning. Freshman shortstop Jake Gorman then hit a sacrifice fly to right, allowing Frawley to score. Frawley reached base with a single to right field, advanced to second after Tyler Stampone walked, and went to third on Lister's base hit.
The Black Knights came back to score three runs in the second and one more in the fourth to take a 6-2 lead. Scogin laced a two-run triple to right center and White added an RBI single later in the inning to account for Army's three runs in the second. Scogin then doubled to right to drive in a run in the third for the four-run advantage.
Holy Cross made things interesting with three runs in the fourth, and two more in the sixth to take a 7-6 lead. With the bases loaded in the fourth, Roth drew a walk, bringing in Matt Perron from third. Frawley then placed a two-run single to right to cut deficit to one (6-5). Two innings later, Roth roped a two-run single to left to put the Crusaders on top.
But the Cadets would not go away and scored two runs in the top half of the seventh, which sealed the game. J.P. Polchinski's two-run double to right center proved to be the difference. Polchinski was 2-for-3 with two RBI in game two.
Army reliever Monte Jones was credited with the win after going 2.1 scoreless innings. Crusader reliever Kevin Beglane took the loss after allowing two runs on four hits in 4.0 innings of work.
Roth was 2-for-3 with three RBI and a run scored in game two.
Holy Cross will host the University of Rhode Island on Tuesday, April 18. The first pitch is slated for 5:00 p.m.