April 29, 2009
SANFORD, Maine - Sophomore Eric Oxford (Danvers, Mass.) extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a 2-for-5 performance at the plate including two runs batted in but the Holy Cross baseball team fell to Maine, 10-4, on Wednesday afternoon at Goodall Field. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 21-25 while the Black Bears improve to 28-15.
Holy Cross jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning as junior Matt Perry (Sudbury, Mass.) hit a one-out single to left field. With two outs, Oxford singled to center field, scoring Perry. The Crusaders put up one run in the top of the third inning as Perry singled to left field and then advanced to second on ground out play be senior Jake Gorman (Norfolk, Mass.). A single to center field by Oxford drove in Perry, giving Holy Cross a 2-0 lead. In the bottom of the fourth inning, Maine tied the game, 2-2, and then rallied in seven runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, taking a 9-2 lead.
In the top of the seventh inning, freshman Steve Tkowski (Bourne, Mass.) singled to left field and then advanced to second base on a walk by sophomore Jack Laurendeau (Sudbury, Mass.). With two outs, Perry reached first on an error, scoring Tkowski. A single by Gorman scored Laurendeau, making the score, 9-4. The Black Bears scored one run in the bottom of the inning, picking up a 10-4 win.
Freshman Matt Croglio (Fayetteville, N.Y.) received the loss for Holy Cross, giving up seven runs on three hits while striking out a career-high five batters. Maine's Justin Latta earned the win, giving up four runs on seven hits while striking out three batters in seven innings pitched.
The Crusaders return to action when they travel to Army on May 9-10 for the Patriot League tournament semifinals. A best-of-three series begins with a doubleheader on Saturday, May 9, while a third game is scheduled on Sunday, May 10, if necessary.