Holy Cross Splits Series in Opening Day Double-Header vs. Bethel
Baseball - Tue, Mar. 6, 2012
(Notre Dame, IN) Holy Cross took on Bethel College today in a crosstown double-header at Coveleski Stadium.
The Saints won in dramatic fashion in game one beating the Pilots 9-8 in the bottom of the 7th after being down four runs entering the inning. The Saints almost pulled off another stunner in game two of the series being down three runs entering the bottom of the seventh, but they came up short losing the later contest 7-6.
Sophomore Ben Bournay (St. Joseph, Michigan), freshman Gio Ayala (Miami, Florida), and freshman Michael Pizzuto (Sarasota, Florida) all went 2-4 in the win. Pizzuto scored the game winning on a wild pitch to win the game in the bottom of the 7th as the Saints rushed the field with exuberation of the dramatic win.
Senior Patrick Huyge (Grand Haven, Michigan) got his first win of the season (1-0) coming on in relief late in the game.
In game two the Saints started out with an early lead as they lead 4-1 through three innings. The Pilots fought back, however, scoring 2 runs in each of the next two innings to take a 5-4 lead after five innings.
The Pilots added on two more insurance runs heading into the seventh and final inning, and the Saints opened up with a little bit more magic like they did in the first game. Freshman Michael Tibbits (Plymouth, Michigan) hit a two run single to bring the Saints within one run of tying the game with runners on first and second with two outs.
Unfortunately, the rally ended up short as Pat Gullickson (Chanhassen, Minnesota) gave a valiant effort at the plate, but struck out swinging to end the game 7-6 in favor of the Bethel Pilots.
Holy Cross is now 2-4 on the year, and the go on the road during spring break as the take on Martin Baptist on March 10th. First pitch is scheduled for at 4:00 p.m.