April 20, 2008
WORCESTER, Mass. - Senior Gil Gomez (Lake Worth, Fla.) went 4-for-7 with a three-run home run, four RBIs and two runs scored as the Holy Cross baseball team split with Lafayette in a Patriot League doubleheader at Fitton Field, dropping the first game by a score of 6-3 and winning game two, 12-5. The Crusaders are now 18-21 (10-6 Patriot League) while the Leopards are 19-17 on the season (7-9 Patriot League).
Gomez put Holy Cross on top in the first inning of the second game, after hitting a three-run homer to center field. The Crusaders rallied in nine more runs over three innings, including seven in the fourth, led by freshman Eric Oxford (Danvers, Mass.) and junior Billy Cupelo (Franklin, Mass.), who both drove in two runs each on two-out singles. Lafayette was held scoreless through the first eight but scored five runs including a grand slam by Joe Shepard in the ninth. Senior Mike Thater (Danbury, Conn.) picked up the win for Holy Cross, pitching eight scoreless innings while giving up just three hits and striking out five batters.
In the first game, senior Brendan Akashian (Lowell, Mass.) put the Crusaders ahead 1-0 in the bottom of the first, singling to right field to drive in freshman Brendan McCrea (Hicksville, N.Y.). The Leopards answered back in the top of the second as A.J. Pisarri scored Nick Tucker on a two-out single. Lafayette rallied in three more runs in the top of the fourth led by Tucker who drove in two runs on a triple to right center field, making the score 4-1. In the bottom of the fourth, junior Tim Hughes (Andover, Mass.) scored Gomez from first base on a double to center field. A sacrifice fly by sophomore John Sills (Milton, Mass.) scored Hughes; making the score, 4-3. Lafayette picked up two more runs in the top of the sixth as Ian McCutcheon hit a leadoff home run to left field and Rob Froio doubled to right field, scoring Pisarri, from second, securing a 6-3 victory.
The Crusaders return to action on Wednesday, April 23, when they travel to Brown for a doubleheader scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m.