May 9, 2009
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Sophomore outfielder Jack Laurendeau (Sudbury, Mass.) hit a solo home run but the Holy Cross baseball team fell to Army, 5-1, in the first game of the Patriot League tournament semifinals at Doubleday Field on Saturday afternoon. The Crusaders fall to 21-26 on the season while the Black Knights improve to 30-17.
After two scoreless innings, Army put up all of its five runs of the game in the bottom of the third inning. The Black Knights held Holy Cross scoreless until the top of the eighth inning as Laurendeau hit a two-out solo home run to left field. The Crusaders were unable to score in the top of the ninth with the Black Knights picking up a 5-1 tournament win.
Senior pitcher Dan Seip (North Carver, Mass.) received the loss for Holy Cross, pitching five-2/3 innings and giving up five runs on seven hits. Army's Matt Fouch earned the win, pitching a complete game of eight innings while giving up one run on five hits and striking out three batters.
The Crusaders return to action this afternoon, playing in the second game of the Patriot League tournament at Army, beginning at 3:00 p.m. Should the Crusaders win the game, a third Patriot League semifinal game is scheduled for Sunday, May 10, at 1:00 p.m.