April 25, 2009
WORCESTER, Mass. - Senior Billy Cupelo (Franklin, Mass.) went 4-for-7 with a home run, a triple, four runs scored and three RBI as the Holy Cross baseball team split with Navy in a Patriot League doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Fitton Field. The Crusaders picked up a 13-8 win in the first game and then dropped a 12-11 decision in game two. The Crusaders are now 19-23 overall and 9-7 in league play, while the Midshipmen are 18-24-1 and 8-10 in the league. Freshman Steve Tkowski (Bourne, Mass.) finished the day with a 4-for-7 performance including a home run, four RBI and two runs scored.
Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the first inning of the first game, Perry hit a one-out single and advanced to second on a single by senior Jake Gorman (Norfolk, Mass.). Sophomore Eric Oxford (Danvers, Mass.) reached first on a fielder's choice and an error by Navy scored Perry. With two outs, Cupelo tripled to center field to score Gorman and Oxford, giving Holy Cross a 3-1 lead. Navy put up two more runs in the top of the second to tie the game, but Holy Cross answered back in the bottom of the third, rallying in five runs to take an 8-3 lead. In the bottom of the fourth inning, a two-run triple by Sills and a sacrifice fly by Tkwoski drove in three more runs for Holy Cross, making the score 11-3. The Mids put up five more runs in the final three innings while Holy Cross drove in two, picking up a 13-8 win.
Senior Dan Seip (North Carever Mass.) picked up his third win of the season, giving up seven runs on 11 hits while striking out four batters in five and 2/3 innings. Wes Olson received the loss for Navy, giving up eight runs on eight hits while striking out five batters in two and 2/3 innings pitched.
In game two, Holy Cross jumped out to a 6-2 lead in the first five innings but in the top of the sixth, Navy rallied in five runs including a grand slam by Navy's Matthew Curley to take a 7-6 lead. In the bottom of the inning, the Crusaders fired back as Sills drove in run on a sacrifice fly and Tkowski hit a one-out single scoring a run. A two-run double by McCrea put up the final two runs of the sixth inning as Holy Cross took a 10-7 lead. The Crusaders took an 11-10 lead after the seven innings but two runs scored in the top of the eighth lifted Navy to a 12-11 win.
The Crusaders return to action on Sunday, April 19, concluding the four-game series against Navy with a doubleheader at 1:00 p.m.