Holy Cross Baseball Splits Doubleheader With Bucknell

April 21, 2007

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WORCESTER, Mass. - Junior catcher Brendan Akashian (Lowell, Mass.) hit a grand slam in the second game as the Holy Cross baseball team split a doubleheader with Bucknell this afternoon in Patriot League action at Fitton Field, losing the first game by a score of 4-2 and winning the second, 6-5. The Crusaders are now 8-18 overall (5-7 Patriot League), while the Bison are 14-20 overall (6-8 Patriot League). These two teams will wrap up their four-game series with a doubleheader tomorrow starting at 12:00 p.m., as the Crusaders will celebrate Senior Day.

Between games Holy Cross honored the 55th anniversary of the 1952 baseball team winning the NCAA College World Series Championship. On June 17, 1952, Holy Cross defeated Missouri, 8-4, in Omaha, Neb., to capture the title. The celebration culminated in the introduction of players from the team and the raising of the championship banner. The following eight members of the team were in attendance: Paul Brissette, Fran Dyson, Jack Hetherton, Jack Keenan, Jack Lonergan, Art Moossmann, Peter Naton and Ron Perry.

In the second game, Holy Cross took a 5-0 lead in the bottom of third when sophomore Jake Gorman (Norfolk, Mass.) hit a RBI double and Akashian hit a grand slam to center field for his fourth home run of the season. The Bison then scored one run in the fourth and one in the fifth to make it a 5-2 game. The Crusaders added a run in the sixth on an error to increase their lead to 6-2. In the top of the seventh, Bucknell's Ben Allen hit a three-run double to right center making it a 6-5 game, but the Crusaders held the Bison scoreless the rest of the way for the 6-5 final score. Sophomore Dan Seip (North Carver, Mass.) recorded the win to improve to 3-3 on the season, as he pitched six innings allowing five runs on nine hits with two strikeouts. Senior Kevin Beglane (East Longmeadow, Mass.) pitched two no-hit innings of relief and junior Mike Thater (Danbury, Conn.) pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn his second save of the season.

In the first game, the Bison jumped out to a 3-0 lead with three runs in the top of the first inning, including a two-run single by Austin Turban. In the bottom of the fourth, the Crusaders made it a 3-1 game when senior Andrew Tenaglia (Duxbury, Mass.) singled down the left field line with two outs driving in Akashian. After Bucknell scored an unearned run in the top of the sixth, sophomore Tyler Stampone (Meadowbrook, Pa.) hit a homer over the center field fence for his second of the season to make it a 4-2 score in the bottom of the sixth. The Crusaders had runners on second and third with two outs in the seventh but Bucknell's Jason Buursma was able to keep the Crusaders off the scoreboard to record his fifth save of the season. Matt Curry earned the win as he pitched 5.1 innings allowing two runs on five hits. Holy Cross senior starter Scott Hampe (Dedham, Mass.) pitched all seven innings allowing four runs with three earned on eight hits while striking out four.