April 2, 2008
WORCESTER, Mass. - Freshman Eric Oxford (Danvers, Mass.) drove in the winning run on a triple in the bottom of the eighth inning as the Holy Cross baseball team defeated Harvard, 4-3, at Fitton Field this afternoon. With the victory, the Crusaders improve to 9-14 overall (4-0 Patriot League) while the Crimson drop to 1-17 on the season and 0-2 in the Ivy League.
With two outs and senior Brendan Akashian (Lowell, Mass.) at second base, Oxford hit a triple to centerfield, driving in Akashian and winning the game for Holy Cross.
Harvard scored a pair of runs to start the game as Matt Vance drove a two-run homer out to right field, scoring Taylor Meehan. The Crusaders answered back in the bottom of the first inning as sophomore Matt Perry (Sudbury, Mass.) hit a leadoff double and then scored on a single by Akashian. Senior Gil Gomez (Lake Worth, Fla.) scored junior Jake Gorman (Norfolk, Mass.) from third base on a sacrifice fly to center field.
Both teams scored another run in the third inning as Vance went big for the Crimson again, hitting a solo shot to left-center field. Gorman doubled in the bottom of the inning and reached third on a wild pitch. An error on the field advanced Akashian to first base, allowing Gorman to score the tying run for the Crusaders.
Harvard threatened in the top of the fifth, filling the bases with runners with only one out. Sophomore Ryan George (Seekonk, Mass.) took the mound to relieve starter senior Tim Thran (Fall River, Mass.), striking out the next two batters, erasing Harvard's mid-game attempt for the win.
Sophomore Tommy Arrigg (Andover, Mass.) came in to finish up for Holy Cross on the mound, pitching three hitless innings and striking out one batter, earning in his second win of the season.
The Crusaders return to action this weekend, April 5-6, opening Patriot League action at home with two doubleheaders against Army. The first games of the series will begin at noon.