April 28, 2009
WORCESTER, Mass. - Junior Matt Perry (Sudbury, Mass.) extended his hitting streak to nine games by going 3-for-4 with one run scored and one RBI but the Holy Cross baseball team fell to Rhode Island, 10-4, on Tuesday afternoon at Fitton Field. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 21-24 while the Rams improve to 30-13-1. Sophomore Eric Oxford (Danvers, Mass.) and senior Billy Cupelo (Franklin, Mass.) both extended their streaks also, Oxford to 10 games and Cupelo to seven games.
After two scoreless innings, in the bottom of the third junior John Sills (Milton, Mass.) hit a leadoff single and then advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore Brendan McCrea (Hicksville, N.Y.). Perry hit a one-out single, scoring Sills, giving Holy Cross a 1-0 lead. A single by senior Jake Gorman (Norfolk, Mass.) advanced Perry to third and a walk by Oxford loaded the bases. Sophomore Nick Ciardiello (Edison, N.J.) reached first on a fielder's choice, scoring Perry for the second Crusader run of the inning.
Held scoreless for five innings, Rhode Island rallied in five runs in the top of the sixth inning, taking a 5-2 lead. In the bottom of the inning, senior Tim Hughes (Andover, Mass.) hit a leadoff double down the right field line and then a two-out RBI single by Sills made the score 5-3. In the top of the seventh inning, the Rams drove in four more runs, taking a 9-3 lead. In the bottom of the eighth, freshman Steve Tkowski (Bourne, Mass.) drove in one for Holy Cross, hitting a two-out solo home run to center field. One run in the top of the ninth by Rhode Island secured a 10-4 win over the Crusaders.
Freshman John Pedrotty (Portsmouth, R.I.) received the loss for Holy Cross, pitching five and one third innings while giving up three runs on six hits while striking out two batters. The Rams' Ken Graveline picked up the win, giving up three runs on nine hits while striking out four batters in six innings.
The Crusaders conclude their regular season on Wednesday, April 29, traveling to Maine for a game at 4:00 p.m.