April 28, 2007
EASTON, Pa. - Junior Kyle Lister (Lincoln, R.I.) went 3-for-8 with a home run and four RBI, while sophomore Jake Gorman (Norfolk, Mass.) went 4-for-9 with a home run and two RBI as the Holy Cross baseball team split a doubleheader with Lafayette, winning the first game by a score of 6-4 and losing the second game, 8-7, this afternoon in Patriot League action. The Crusaders are now 12-20 overall (8-8 Patriot League), while the Leopards are 26-14 overall (15-3 Patriot League) and clinch the Patriot League regular season title. These two teams will wrap up their four-game series with a doubleheader tomorrow starting at 12:00 p.m.
With Army's sweep of Lehigh, the Crusaders are in fourth place and one game behind the Black Knights for the final spot in the Patriot League Tournament. 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.
In the first game, the Crusaders took a 4-0 lead in the top of the third. Senior Matt Perron (Auburn, Mass.) drove in the first run with a RBI single to left field with no outs. With one out, senior Norm Roth (Orange, Conn.) hit a two-run double to center field, while Roth scored with two outs when sophomore Tyler Stampone (Meadowbrook, Pa.) reached on an error. Holy Cross increased its lead to 6-0 in the top of the fifth when Stampone brought in a run with a sacrifice fly to center field and Lister drove in a run with a single through the left side. The Leopards scored four runs in the bottom in the seventh for the 6-4 final score. Senior Scott Hampe (Dedham, Mass.) earned the win to improve to 4-3 on the season as he pitched 6.2 innings allowing four runs on eight hits with five strikeouts. Junior Mike Thater (Danbury, Conn.) recorded his team-leading third save of the season.
In the second game, after Lafayette took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second, the Crusaders tied the game in the top of the third when Gorman hit a RBI single to left field. Holy Cross then took a 3-1 lead in the top of the fourth when Lister homered to right field driving in two runs. The home run is Lister's second of the season. The Leopards then tied the game in the bottom of the inning with two runs. In the top of the fifth Holy Cross moved out to a 6-3 lead with three runs including a solo home run by Gorman for his team-leading fifth of the season. Lafayette made it a 6-5 game with one run in the fifth and one in the seventh. Holy Cross added a run in the top of the ninth to take a 7-5 lead into the bottom of the inning. With two outs and no one on base, the Leopards hit three straight singles and then a double to win the game with three runs for the 8-7 final score.