April 25, 2007
BOSTON, Mass. - Senior Norm Roth (Orange, Conn.), junior Brendan Akashian (Lowell, Mass.) and sophomore Jake Gorman (Norfolk, Mass.) each had two hits as the Holy Cross baseball team defeated Massachusetts, 8-3, this afternoon at Fenway Park in a seven inning game. With the win, the Crusaders have won four in a row and improve to 11-18 overall, while the Minutemen fall to 12-18 overall. Seven pitchers appeared in the game for the Crusaders allowing a total of only three hits and one earned run, while senior Scott Hampe (Dedham, Mass.) received the win as pitched the second inning allowing no runs on no hits to improve to 3-3 on the season.
The Crusaders scored three runs in the top of the third to take a 3-0 lead. With one out, senior Jamie Aldrich (Stratford, Conn.) singled up the middle and Gorman hit a single to right field moving Aldrich to third. Roth then drove in Aldrich and advanced Gorman to third with a double to left field. With two outs, Gorman scored when sophomore Tyler Stampone (Meadowbrook, Pa.) reached on an error. The Crusaders made it a 3-0 game when Roth scored on an error.
In the top of the fifth, Holy Cross increased its lead to 4-0 when Akashian hit a two-out single to right field bringing in Gorman who had doubled to left field with one out in the inning. UMass made it a 4-3 game with one run in the bottom of the fifth and two in the sixth. The Crusaders then responded with four runs in the seventh to increase their lead to 8-3. With the bases loaded and two outs junior Kyle Lister (Lincoln, R.I.) walked and then freshman John Sills (Milton, Mass.) hit a two-run single to left field. Lister scored the last run of the inning on a throwing error. Junior Mike Thater (Danbury, Conn.) pitched a scoreless seventh inning for the 8-3 final score.
Akashian was hit by a pitch and has now been hit 18 times this season which is a new Holy Cross single-season record.
The Crusaders will return to action on Thursday, April 26, when they host Brown at Fitton Field at 5:00 p.m.