April 30, 2006
WORCESTER, Mass. - Freshman righthanded pitcher Dan Seip (North Carver, Mass.) threw 4-2/3 innings of scoreless relief to earn the victory in game two, as the Holy Cross baseball team split a doubleheader with Lafayette at Fitton Field. The Leopards took the first contest 1-0, before the Crusaders came back to win 6-5 in 10 innings in the night-cap. Holy Cross now stands 16-26-1 overall and 5-15 in the Patriot League, while Lafayette has a record of 21-23 overall and 11-9 in the conference.
In game one, the Leopards scored the only run in the third inning when Tyler Zeronda walked, moved to third on a single by Ian Law, and scored on a suicide squeeze bunt from Ryan Roberts. Ted Gjeldum threw a two-hit complete game shutout to pick up the win for Lafayette, while junior righthanded pitcher Patrick Rutherford (Basking Ridge, N.J.) took the loss for the Crusaders, despite allowing just one run on six hits in seven innings.
In game two, freshman shortstop Jake Gorman (Norfolk, Mass.) had a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10th inning to drive in freshman pinch runner Steve Soldi (Clinton, Mass.) and give Holy Cross the victory. Junior catcher Brian Abraham (Worcester, Mass.) beat out an infield single to open the inning, then Soldi came in to run for him at first base. After Soldi moved to second on a balk and sophomore first baseman Kyle Lister (Lincoln, R.I.) was hit by a pitch, senior designated hitter Keith Simard (Woodville, Mass.) dropped a sacrifice bunt to give the Crusaders runners at second and third with one out. Senior outfielder Tom Potvin (Worcester, Mass.) was then intentionally walked, before Gorman's sacrifice fly ended the game.
The Crusaders had trailed 5-2 after five innings, but rallied to tie the score with single runs in the sixth, eighth and ninth innings. Abraham, Potvin, senior second baseman Tucker Frawley (New Haven, Conn.) and freshman third baseman Tyler Stampone (Meadowbrook, Pa.) all had two hits in the game, while senior shortstop Andrew Sweeney (Easton, Mass.) hit his first career home run with a solo shot in the third inning.
In the second game, Frawley also broke the school single season record for at-bats, bringing hit total to 171.
Holy Cross concludes the 2006 season on Tuesday, May 2, when it plays host to Assumption at 6:00 p.m.
Game One R H E Lafayette 001 000 0 - 1 6 0 Holy Cross 000 000 0 - 0 2 1 Lafayette: Ted Gjeldum and Dave Drechsel. Holy Cross: Patrick Rutherford and Brian Abraham. HR: None. Win: Gjeldum (4-4); Loss: Rutherford (1-1); Save: None.
Game Two R H E Lafayette 100 040 000 0 - 5 10 2 Holy Cross 011 001 011 1 - 6 12 2 Lafayette: Kevin Reese, Jason Morytko (7), Nick Tucker (9), John Fugett (9), Steve Roberts (10) and Dave Drechsel. Holy Cross: Jim McCloud, Dan Seip (6) and Brian Abraham. HR: Ian Law (Lafayette), Andrew Sweeney (Holy Cross). Win: Seip (5-2); Loss: Fugett (0-5); Save: None.