May 11, 2008
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Senior Kyle Lister (Lincoln, R.I.) went 1-for-4 with a double, two runs scored, and an RBI but it wasn't enough as the Holy Cross baseball team was defeated by Navy, 9-5, in the Patriot League semifinals this afternoon. The Crusaders finish their season 21-28 overall (11-9 Patriot League) while the Midshipmen improve to 32-23-1 (11-9 Patriot League).
Lister doubled in the top of the second inning and then scored on a double by sophomore Matt Perry (Sudbury, Mass.) down the left field line. Navy rallied in three runs in the bottom of the inning led by Michael Speciale who hit a leadoff single and then scored for the Mids. Holy Cross answered back in top of the third as senior outfielder Gil Gomez (Lake Worth, Fla.) singled and then scored on a fielding error. Lister scored freshman Eric Oxford (Danvers, Mass.) on a fielder's choice and a double by sophomore John Sills (Milton, Mass.) drove in Lister, giving the Crusaders a 4-3 lead.
Navy's offense answered back again with three more runs in the bottom of the fourth led by Thomas Hamilton who doubled to left field to score a run for the Mids. Navy put up another run in the top of the sixth inning as Hamilton singled to left field and then scored on a double to right center field by Kendall Bolt. After six innings, the Mids led Holy Cross, 6-4. The Crusaders threatened in the top of seventh inning after scoring a run to make the score 6-5. With two men on with two outs and the lead run at the plate, Lister struck out swinging to end of the inning, stranding the Crusaders' offensive opportunity.
Navy scored three more runs in the top of the eighth inning, securing a 9-5 lead and its trip to the Patriot League championship game.
Senior Mike Thater (Danbury, Conn.) scattering six hits over three and one third innings while giving up five runs and striking out one batter. Mark McCoy earned the victory for Navy after pitching six innings, giving up five runs on 10 hits while striking out three.