May. 1, 2005
Worcester, Mass. - The Holy Cross baseball team fell to 13-22 overall and 5-11 in the Patriot League with a pair of losses to Bucknell University on Sunday afternoon at Tivnan Field. The Crusaders dropped the first game 3-1 and the second 14-3 to the Bison, who are now 16-25-1 overall and 10-10 in the League.
Junior center fielder Tom Potvin led the Crusaders offensively, with a 5-for-8 performance at the plate, including three runs and a run batted in. Senior Mike Marron was 3-for-9 on the day with two RBI.
In the first game, the Bison scored all three of their runs in the fourth inning after RBI singles by Jason Burrsma and Ryan Gryskevicz, and an unearned effort following an error in the field.
The Crusaders cut the lead to two (3-1) in the bottom half of the seventh on a sacrifice fly by Jamie Aldrich, but could not manage to get any closer.
HC starter Rob Oteri (1-5) pitched a complete-game allowing three runs (two earned) on eight hits, while striking out six. Bucknell's Nathan Mittag picked up his second win of the season after throwing 6.1 innings, giving up just one run on seven hits.
Bucknell dominated from start to finish in the second game, putting up eight runs through the first three innings. Buursma accounted for five RBI, four coming after a grand slam to straight-away center in the second inning.
The Crusaders scored single runs in the second, seventh and ninth innings, but were unable to really get going offensively. Potvin had four hits to lead Holy Cross, which also got two hits from Marron and Tucker Frawley.
The Bison added a run in the fifth, three in the seventh and two more in the eighth to put the game out of reach.
Gryskevicz pitched a complete-game for Bucknell, allowing three runs on 10 hits, while fanning four batters. Tim Thran took the loss after giving up five runs on five hits in 1.1 innings of work. Mike Thater, Matt Blake and Jason Lynch threw the middle innings for HC, allowing nine runs on 11 hits.
Holy Cross travels to Rhode Island on Tuesday, May 3 for a 3:30 p.m. showdown with the Rams.