Leopards Take One of Two from Holy Cross in Patriot League Action
April 20, 2008
WORCESTER, Mass. - A 6-3 win in the first game of Sunday's baseball doubleheader against Holy Cross was followed by a 12-5 loss in the second as the Lafayette baseball team dropped three of four against the Crusaders. The Leopards used nine hits and capitalized on three Holy Cross errors to open the day with a win.
Junior catcher Ian McCutcheon hit his first career home run in a two-run sixth inning that helped secure the 6-3 victory. Freshman Zach Fritz pitched 3.2 innings and surrendered three runs, only two of them earned. Relievers Brian Mostek and Steve Roberts combined to pitch 3.1 shutout innings with Mostek earning the win, his fourth of the season. A.J. Pisarri went 3-for-3 with a RBI and one run scored.
Holy Cross took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning on a one-out Brendan Akashian RBI single to right center field but Fritz got Jake Gorman to ground out and then struck out Gil Gomez swinging to prevent any further damage.
The Leopards (19-17, 7-9) tied the game in the top of the second as Tom Hayes led off the inning with a walk. Jeff Butler sacrificed him to second and Nick Tucker walked to put two runners on. Hayes and Tucker completed a double steal and Pisarri sent Hayes home with a single to shortstop.
The fourth inning saw Lafayette's offense erupt for three runs on two hits while also capitalizing on two Crusaders errors. Two consecutive errors allowed Chris Luick and Hayes to reach base and Tucker's triple to right center scored them both. McCutcheon ground out to second, allowing Tucker to score the inning's third run for a 4-1 Leopard lead.
The Crusaders (18-21, 10-6) responded with two runs in the bottom of that inning. Gomez singled to center and Tim Hughes doubled to left center for the inning's first run and John Sills hit a sacrifice fly that scored Hughes. Mostek entered the game after Fritz walked Brendan McCrea and recorded the final out of the inning.
In the top of the sixth, McCutcheon led off the inning with his first career home run to make it 5-1 in favor of the Leopards. Pisarri followed with a double and Rob Froio's double to right field plated Pisarri for the team's sixth run of the game.
Mostek recorded two outs in the sixth before giving way to Roberts, who got the final out of the inning and kept the Crusaders off the scoreboard in the seventh to secure the 6-3 win.
Freshman Corey Shea took the mound for Lafayette in the second game. He lasted just 1.1 innings after allowing four runs. Pisarri had two more hits in the game and pinch hitter Justin Shepherd drove in four of the team's five runs with a grand slam in the top of the ninth but it was not enough as Holy Cross went on to the 12-5 win.
Like in the first game, Holy Cross took the early lead, scoring three runs off Shea in the bottom of the first. McCrea led off with a double and Gomez hit a three-run home run for Holy Cross' first runs of the game.
The Crusaders scored another run in the second, driving Shea from the game as Ryan Hanna came on in relief. They then scored seven runs in the bottom of the fourth as Holy Cross batters combined for six hits off Hanna and reliever Brad Woodfield, who entered the game with two outs in the inning. Perry and McCrea each had RBI hits off Hanna while Woodfield surrendered a bases loaded walk to Gomez. Eric Oxford and Billy Cupelo both singled home two runners, making the score 11-0 after four innings.
Reliever Jason Morytko, who recorded the final out of the fourth inning, gave up one run in the bottom of the fifth on an Akashian single to right field but settled down after that, as he and Roberts pitched the final 4.1 innings without allowing another run.
Lafayette's offense came alive in the top of the ninth but it wasn't enough to pull out the win. Alex Bechta led off with a walk and Daniel Bierce and Joe Ezekiel hit back-to-back singles to load the bases. Hayes was hit by a pitch to force in a run and kept the bases loaded for Shepherd, who belted a home run, the first of his career, to make it a 12-5 game. Holy Cross' Tim Thran recorded three-straight outs to end the rally, however, and give his team the victory.
Lafayette returns to action on Wednesday with a road game at Rutgers, beginning at 3:30 p.m.
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