April 17, 2005
Worcester, Mass. - The Holy Cross baseball team fell to 10-15 overall and 3-5 in the Patriot League with a pair of losses to Lehigh University on Sunday afternoon at Tivnan Field. The Crusaders dropped the first game 1-0 and the second 8-6 to the Mountain Hawks, who completed the weekend sweep of HC after two wins yesterday. Lehigh is now 20-13-1 overall and 9-3 in the League.
In the first game, Holy Cross starter Rob Oteri pitched a complete-game, allowing just four hits with four walks and four strikeouts. The only run of the game was an unearned effort by the Mountain Hawks in the top of the seventh. Matt Capell reached base on a fielding error and Jon Andres stole second after taking Capell's spot on the bases. Joe Ercolano then singled through the right side to plate Andres to give Lehigh the only run it would need.
Lehigh starter Kyle Collina picked up his fourth win of the season, pitching a complete-game two-hitter with seven strikeouts and no walks.
In the second game, Holy Cross put two runs on the board in the first inning after junior second baseman Tucker Frawley singled through the right side, scoring Jamie Aldrich who had doubled to left center. Frawley then scored on a Steve Buckley ground out, giving the Crusaders a quick 2-0 lead. But Lehigh's Ercolano plated two teammates on a single to right field, tying the score at 2-2 in the third.
The Crusaders added runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings to go ahead, 5-2, but the Mountain Hawks came right back to cut the lead to one (5-4) on Forrest Doane's two-run homer to right field.
Lehigh then tied the game at five in the sixth and went ahead 6-5 in the seventh thanks to an Andrew Smith RBI single. Doane gave Lehigh a two run lead (7-5) when he scored an unearned run from third on an errant throw by catcher Brian Abraham on a pick-off attempt at second base.
The Crusaders made things interesting in the bottom of the eighth when Kyle Lister blasted an RBI double to center field, scoring Tom Potvin and cutting the lead to just one (7-6). But Doane sent another shot over the right field fence in the ninth to seal the game and the series for Lehigh.
Sophomore pitcher Scott Hampe was charged with the loss after giving up three runs (two earned) on five hits in 3.0 innings of relief. HC starter Tim Thran went 5.2 innings, allowing five runs on eight hits with six strikeouts.
The Crusaders meet up with Dartmouth in a non-conference battle on Wednesday afternoon at Tivnan Field on Lake Avenue. First pitch is at 3:00 p.m.