April 19, 2006

Gorman's Ninth Inning Grand Slam Leads HC To Victory

April 19, 2006

Box Score

Hanover, N.H. - Holy Cross freshman shortstop Jake Gorman launched his first career grand slam with one out in the ninth inning to propel the Crusaders to an 8-6 win over Dartmouth on Wednesday afternoon. Holy Cross, which snaps a five-game losing streak, battled back from a three-run deficit in the final two innings to capture the win.

Gorman finished the day with five RBI after going 3-for-5 with a double, in addition to his home run. Junior outfielder Norm Roth (2-for-4) drove in three runs with a triple and home run, while senior designated hitter Keith Simard went 2-for-5 with a homer, an RBI and a run scored. Senior second baseman Tucker Frawley led the team with four hits (4-for-5), including a double. Frawley also scored two runs and drove in one.

The Big Green opened the scoring in the bottom of the second when Erik Bell hit an RBI ground rule double over the right field fence to give Dartmouth a 1-0 lead.

Holy Cross responded with a pair of runs in the third, when Roth tripled and scored on a Frawley base hit through the right side. Gorman then doubled to right center, scoring Frawley from second.

Dartmouth reclaimed the lead with three scores in the bottom half of the inning, but Holy Cross made it a 4-3 ball game on a leadoff homer in the fifth by Roth.

The lead would not last long, however, as the Big Green got some insurance runs following the seventh inning stretch. Jason Blydell hit a triple to deep right center, and Will Bashelor drove him in with a solid single to left. Bashelor then scored on a single by junior Andrew Nacario to give the home team a 6-3 advantage.

The Crusaders would not go away, though, and cut into the lead with when Simard sent a towering shot over the fence in left to lead off the eighth inning. Holy Cross then loaded the bases in the ninth before Gorman's slam off the pine trees behind left field put them ahead for good.

Kyle Zeis (1-3) took the loss for the Big Green while freshman Dan Seip (4-2) earned the victory for Holy Cross. Seip threw 2.0 innings of relief and allowed just one hit.

Holy Cross travels to Lewisburg, Pa., for a four game conference set against Bucknell this weekend, April 22-23.