April 18, 2009
EASTON, Pa. - Sophomore Eric Oxford (Danvers, Mass.) hit two home runs, including a grand slam, as the Holy Cross baseball team split with Lafayette in a Patriot League doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Kamine Stadium. The Crusaders fell 10-1 in the first game, then picked up a 14-10 win in game two. The Crusaders are now 15-22 overall and 6-6 in league play, while the Leopards are 19-17 and 8-6 in the league.
Junior Matt Perry (Sudbury, Mass.) went 5-for-10 on the day with a double, two RBI and two runs scored, while freshman Steve Tkowski (Bourne, Mass.) went 4-for-7 on the day with a home run, a double, three runs scored and two RBI.
In the second game, Holy Cross trailed 10-5 after seven innings of play, before rallying for three runs in the eighth and six more in the ninth to claim the victory. Perry hit a two-run double in the eighth inning, before Tkowski blasted a two-run homer in the ninth to tie the score at 10-10. The Crusaders then loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth, when Oxford hit a grand slam to put Holy Cross up 14-10. Sophomore Chris Blanchard (Norwich, Conn.) held the Leopards scoreless in the bottom of the ninth, as the Crusaders claimed the victory. Overall, Blanchard gave up just one run on four hits while striking out three batters in five innings of relief.
In the first game, Lafayette scored one run in the fourth and two more in the fifth, before a solo home run by Oxford made the score 3-1. But the Leopards added seven more runs in the sixth inning, to post the 10-1 win.
The Crusaders return to action on Sunday, April 19, concluding the four-game series at Lafayette with a doubleheader at 12:00 p.m.