April 26, 2009
WORCESTER, Mass. - Senior Jake Gorman (Norfolk, Mass.) broke the Holy Cross record for career home runs, driving in his 21st home run as the Holy Cross baseball team swept Navy in a Patriot League doubleheader by scores of 9-5 and 9-2 on Sunday afternoon at Fitton Field. With the wins, the Crusaders improve to 20-23 and 11-7 in the league while the Midshipmen fall to 18-26-1 overall and 8-12 in league play. The Crusaders won the four-game series, 3-1. Gorman's home run surpasses the former record held by Ben Power ('99) with 20. Junior Matt Perry (Sudbury, Mass.) broke the single season total hits record at Holy Cross with 69 hits, surpassing his father Ronnie Perry ('78) who recorded 66 hits.
With today's wins, it is the first time in school history that Holy Cross will go to back-to-back Patriot League tournaments. The wins also mark the first back-to-back 20-win seasons since the 1922 and 1923 seasons.
After falling behind 5-3 in the first three innings of the first game, freshman Steve Tkowski (Bourne, Mass.) reached first on a fielder's choice and then advanced to second on a single by sophomore Jack Laurendeau (Sudbury, Mass.). Sophomore Brendan McCrea (Hicksville, N.Y.) singled and then advanced to second on a throw by Navy while Laurendeau and Tkowski scored. A two-out bunt by Perry moved McCrea to third and then a wild pitch scored McCrea, giving Holy Cross a 6-5 lead to close out the fourth inning. In the bottom of the fifth, the Crusaders got two men on with back-to-back singles by sophomore Eric Oxford (Danvers, Mass.) and senior Tim Hughes (Andover, Mass.). A bunt by senior Billy Cupelo (Franklin, Mass.) loaded the bases and a single to left field by junior John Sills (Milton, Mass.) drove in two runs. A sacrifice bunt by Laurendeau scored Cupelo, lifting Holy Cross to a 9-5 victory.
Junior Matt Shapiro (Raynham, Mass.) earned his third win of the season, pitching a complete game of seven innings while giving up five runs on nine hits while striking out a career-high 10 batters. Sam Long received the loss, giving up eight runs on nine hits while striking out four batters in four innings.
In game two, Holy Cross struck first in the bottom of the third inning as McCrea picked up a leadoff walk and Perry singled to left field. A double by Oxford drove in both base runners, scoring the first two runs on the inning. A two-out double to right field by Cupelo scored Oxford, giving the Crusaders a 3-0 lead. In the bottom of the fourth inning, sophomore Eddie Bleiler (Sudbury, Mass.) scored on a ground out play by Perry. A leadoff solo home run by Oxford in the bottom of the fifth inning lifted Holy Cross to a 5-0 lead. Held scoreless for five innings, Navy scored one run in the top of the sixth but the Crusaders answered back with a leadoff solo home run by Gorman. The Midshipmen put up one run in the top of the eighth, but three runs in the bottom of the inning by Holy Cross secured a 9-2 win.
Junior Bobby Holmes (Dedham, Mass.) picked up his second win of the year, pitching six and 2/3 innings while giving up one run on two hits while striking out four batters. T.J. Kerins received the loss, giving up six runs on eight hits while striking out three batters in six innings pitched.