April 26, 2007
WORCESTER, Mass. - The Holy Cross baseball team fell to Brown, 11-6, this afternoon at Fitton Field in non-conference action. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 11-19 overall, while the Bears improve to 17-17 overall. Senior Jamie Aldrich (Stratford, Conn.) and junior Gil Gomez (Lake Worth, Fla.) each went 2-for-3 with two RBI for the Crusaders.
The Bears jumped out to a 2-0 lead with two runs in the top of the first. Steve Daniels led off the inning with a triple off the right field fence and was driven in with a double down the left line by Ryan Murphy. Murphy then moved to third on a fly ball out to center field by Devin Thomas. Matt Nuzzo drove in the second run when he singled in Murphy. The Crusaders answered right back in the bottom of the inning with two runs to tie the game. Senior Norm Roth (Orange, Conn.) drove in a run with a double down the left field line and sophomore Tyler Stampone (Meadowbrook, Pa.) brought in a run with a ground out to third base. Holy Cross took the lead in the bottom of the second when Aldrich hit a RBI single.
In the top of the third the Bears scored six runs to take an 8-3 lead, including a three-run double by Rob Papenhause. After Brown scored a run in the fourth, Holy Cross scored one in the bottom of the fifth to make it a 9-4 game when Gomez hit a RBI double to center field. The Bears scored two runs in the top of the sixth to increase their lead to 11-4 with a solo homer to left center by Thomas and a RBI single by Bryan Tews. In the bottom of the eighth the Crusaders scored two runs with a solo homer by Gomez to left field and a RBI single up the middle by Aldrich. Brown's Peter Moskal pitched a perfect ninth inning for the 11-6 final score. Will Ellis received the win to improve to 1-1 on the season as he pitched two innings allowing no runs on the three hits.
The Crusaders (7-7 PL) will return to action on Saturday and Sunday, April 28-29, when they travel to Easton, Pa., to take on first place Lafayette (14-2 PL) in a four-game Patriot League series. Both doubleheaders are set to start at noon. Holy Cross is currently tied with Army (7-7 PL) for the final spot in the Patriot League Tournament as the Black Knights will play at Lehigh (2-14 PL) this weekend, while Navy (10-6 PL) will host Bucknell (6-10 PL). The two games that the Crusaders had rained out at Army will be made up if the results play a role in determining the three teams that advance to next month's Patriot League Tournament.