April 19, 2008
WORCESTER, Mass. - The Holy Cross baseball team turned to it's bullpen for success this afternoon as the Crusaders swept Lafayette in a Patriot League doubleheader at Fitton Field by scores of 2-1 and 6-1. Holy Cross improves to 17-20 on the season (9-5 Patriot League) while Lafayette falls to 18-16 (6-8 Patriot League).
Sophomore Matt Shapiro (Raynham, Mass.) recorded his third complete game of the season, going seven innings in game one, giving up just two hits and one run while striking out three batters. Sophomore Bobby Holmes (Dedham, Mass.) pitched six innings in the second game, allowing one run on five hits while fanning five. Sophomore Ryan George (Seekonk, Mass.) came in to close out the last three innings, allowing just two hits and striking out three, earning his first save of the season.
Senior Gil Gomez (Lake Worth, Fla.) led the Holy Cross offense, going 4-for-7 at the plate for the day including three triples, one double, two RBIs, and scored one run.
In game one, Holy Cross scored two runs in the bottom of the third as sophomore Matt Perry (Sudbury, Mass.). doubled to left center field, driving junior Billy Cupelo (Franklin, Mass.) and sophomore John Sills (Milton, Mass.) who both reached on back-to-back hits to right field. Joe Ezekiel scored the lone Lafayette run in the top of the fifth, after reaching on a single. The Crusaders held on to pick up a 2-1 victory in the matinee game.
In the second game, the Crusaders' big bats came out in the bottom of the first inning as junior Jake Gorman (Norfolk, Mass.) singled to center field, scoring Perry from second base. With runners in scoring position, Gomez hit a two-out triple to right field, putting Holy Cross ahead, 3-0. Lafayette scored its lone run in the top of the third as Holy Cross held the Leopards scoreless for the remainder of the game. The Holy Cross offense continued to stay hot, rallying in three more runs in the bottom of the seventh. Gomez hit a leadoff double and then scored on single by junior Tim Hughes (Andover, Mass.). Freshman Brendan McCrea (Hicksville, N.Y.) drove in two more Holy Cross runs as he singled to left field, making the score 6-1.
The Crusaders and the Leopards return to action tomorrow, Sunday April 20, wrapping up their four-game series with a doubleheader tomorrow starting at 12:00 p.m.