May 9, 2009
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Senior Jake Gorman (Norfolk, Mass.) went 2-for-4 including one double and one RBI as the Holy Cross baseball team defeated Army, 5-3, in the second game of the Patriot League Semifinals at Doubleday Field on Saturday afternoon. The Crusaders fell to the Black Knights, 5-1, in the first game of the series today. The Crusaders are now 22-26 overall while the Black Knights are 30-18 on the season.
In the second game, trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the third inning, Holy Cross' junior John Sills (Milton, Mass.) singled into center field and then advanced to second on a single by sophomore Jack Laurendeau (Sudbury, Mass.). A sacrifice bunt by sophomore Brendan McCrea (Hicksville, N.Y.) advanced both base runners. Junior Matt Perry (Sudbury, Mass.) reached first on a one-out fielder's choice, scoring Sills. In the top of the fifth inning, the Black Knights scored one run, taking a 3-1 lead.
In the bottom of the sixth, McCrea hit a leadoff single up the middle and then advanced to second on a single by Perry. With two outs, sophomore Eric Oxford (Danvers, Mass.) singled up the middle, scoring McCrea, making the score 3-2. In the bottom of the seventh, senior Tim Hughes (Andover, Mass.) hit a leadoff single to center field and then advanced to second on a walk by senior Billy Cupelo (Franklin, Mass.). Sills hit a sacrifice bunt but reached first base due to an error by Army to load the bases and then a walk by Laurendeau scored Hughes to tie the game. A sacrifice fly to center field by McCrea drove in Cupelo, giving Holy Cross a 4-3 lead. With two outs, Gorman doubled down the right field line, scoring Laurendeau. Both teams were held scoreless in the final two innings of the game, giving Holy Cross a 5-3 league tournament win.
Junior Bobby Holmes (Dedham, Mass.) picked up the win with three inning pitched and two strikeouts. Ben Koenigsfeld received the loss for the Black Knights, giving up five runs on seven hits while striking out three batters in six innings.
In the first game, Laurendeau scored the lone Crusader run on a solo home run to left field in the top of the eighth inning.
The Crusaders return to action on Sunday, May 10, as they face Army in the final game of the Patriot League semifinals at 1:00 p.m. Tomorrow's game will determine who will play the winner of the Bucknell/Lafayette series in the league championship series. Bucknell and Lafayette split their doubleheader this afternoon.