May 10, 2008
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Senior Gil Gomez (Lake Worth, Fla.) went 4-for-9 at the plate with two RBIs as the Holy Cross baseball team split with Navy to open their Patriot League semifinal series, winning the first game 6-0 and dropping game two 12-1. The Crusaders are now 21-27 while the Midshipmen are 31-23-1 on the season.
In game one, the Crusaders scored four runs in the top of fifth inning as senior catcher Brendan Akashian (Lowell, Mass.) drew a walk with the bases loaded to bring in the first run. Gomez added an RBI single to left field and freshman Eric Oxford hit a sacrifice fly, making the score 3-0. With two outs, Akashian scored from third on a fielding error, giving the Crusaders a 4-0 lead.
Holy Cross added two more runs in the top of the sixth inning as Akashian singled to left center field, scoring freshman outfielder Brendan McCrea (Hicksville, N.Y.). Gomez drove in another run for Holy Cross singling to left field, scoring junior Jake Gorman (Norfolk, Mass.) who reached base on a single to left field.
Gomez led the Crusader offense with a 3-for-5 performance at the plate including two RBIs. Akashian also had an impressive game as he recorded two RBIs for Holy Cross. Sophomore Bobby Holmes (Dedham, Mass.) earned the win for the Crusaders, scattering three hits over six innings while striking out three and walking one batter. Sophomore Ryan George (Seekonk, Mass.) picked up the save as he pitched three innings, giving up two hits while fanning four and walking two.
In the second game, Gorman doubled down the left field line and then scored the lone Crusader run as senior Kyle Lister (Lincoln, RI.) hit a single to the shortstop. Sophomore Matt Shapiro (Raynham, Mass.) received the loss for Holy Cross, scattering 12 hits over five innings while giving up nine runs and striking out five batters.
The Crusaders return to action tomorrow, May 11, as they face Navy in the final game of the Patriot League semifinals at noon. Tomorrow's game will determine who will play the winner of the Bucknell/Army series in the league tournament championship series. Bucknell and Army split their doubleheader this afternoon.