April 26, 2006
SANFORD, MAINE - Down two with one out in the ninth, the Holy Cross baseball team was able to score a run in the final frame to cut the deficit to one, but would not get any closer as the University of Maine held on for a 4-3 non-conference victory on Wednesday evening in Maine. Holy Cross falls to 15-23-1 with its second straight loss, while the Black Bears improve to 24-11-1 on the season.
Junior left fielder Jamie Aldrich (1-for-4) led the Crusaders with two RBI after doubling in the fourth, while senior Tom Potvin (1-for-4) accounted for the team's only other RBI. Senior Tucker Frawley (2-for-4) and freshman Tyler Stampone (2-for-3) had two hits each for the Crusaders.
The Black Bears wasted no time putting a run on the board in the first after starting the inning with back-to-back doubles by Joe Hough and Matt McGraw for an early 1-0 lead.
The home team added another run in the third on a Joel Barrett RBI groundout for a 2-0 advantage, but Holy Cross answered with two runs of its own to tie things up at 2-2 in the fourth. Stampone began the inning with a double to left center and advanced to third on a Keith Simard groundout. Potvin then ripped an RBI single to center, driving in Stampone for the Crusaders' first run of the game. Potvin would later come around to score on Aldrich's double.
But Maine would re-take the lead in the sixth and then score what would prove to be the game-winning run in the eighth for the team's third straight win. In the sixth inning, Ryan Quintal doubled to center field, advanced to third on a Curt Smith groundout, and scored on a Kevin McAvoy single to the left side. Then in the eighth, McGraw singled to right, stole second, and advanced to third on a Holy Cross fielding error, before scoring the deciding run on a Quintal RBI single to left.
The Crusaders put up a run in the ninth, but Maine reliever Scott Robinson was able to settle down after walking a batter, throwing a wild pitch and giving up a run, and got two groundouts to end the game.
Holy Cross starter Dan Seip allowed two runs on five hits and struck out four batters in 4.0 innings of work. Kevin Beglane took the loss after giving up two runs (one earned) on four hits in 3.0 innings.
The Crusaders host Lafayette in a crucial four-game conference set on Saturday and Sunday, Apr. 29-30. The first game on both days will begin at noon.