April 19, 2009
EASTON, Pa. - Junior John Sills (Milton, Mass.) went 4-for-8 including one home run, one double, two runs scored and two RBI as the Holy Cross baseball team swept Lafayette in a Patriot League doubleheader by scores of 4-1 and 7-4 on Sunday afternoon at Kamine Stadium. The Crusaders improve to 17-22 and 8-6 in the league while the Leopards fall to 19-19 overall and 8-8 in league play.
Trailing 1-0 in the top of the second inning, Holy Cross' sophomore Eric Oxford (Danvers, Mass.) hit a leadoff double to left center field. Senior Tim Hughes (Andover, Mass.) earned a walk and a one-out single by Sills scored Oxford to tie the game. After stealing third, Hughes scored on a throwing error by Lafayette, giving the Crusaders a 2-1 lead. In the top of the fifth, Holy Cross put up one run as sophomore Brendan McCrea (Hicksville, N.Y.) picked up a one-out walk and then scored on a double by junior Matt Perry (Sudbury, Mass.). The Crusaders scored again in the top of the sixth as Sills hit a home run to left field, making the final score, 4-1.
Junior Matt Shapiro (Raynham, Mass.) pitched his first complete game of the year, giving up just one run on five hits while striking out two batters in seven innings. Jeremy Atkins received the loss for the Leopards, pitching seven innings and giving up four runs on nine hits while striking out six batters.
In the second game, Holy Cross put up its first run of the game in the second inning as senior Billy Cupelo (Franklin, Mass.) hit a one-out single and then advanced to second on a single by Sills. With two outs, freshman Jack Laurendeau (Sudbury, Mass.) singled to the right side, scoring Cupelo. In the top of the third, Oxford hit a two-run home run to right field, giving Holy Cross a 3-0 lead. Holy Cross drove in another run in the top of the fourth inning as Sills doubled to left field and then scored on a single by freshman Steve Tkowski (Bourne, Mass.). Putting up two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and two in the bottom of the sixth, Lafayette tied the score, 4-4. In the top of the seventh, Tkowski drove in two runs on a two-out single to center field. Holy Cross put up one more run in the top of the ninth, sweeping the doubleheader with a 7-4 win.
Junior Bobby Holmes (Dedham, Mass.) pitched his first complete game of the year while giving up four runs on 11 hits and struck six batters in nine innings. Ethan Perro received the loss, pitching two and 2/3 innings and giving up two runs on two hits while striking out four batters.
The Crusaders return to action on Tuesday, April 21, traveling to Maine for a game at 4:00 p.m.