The College Baseball Blog took in the first game of the doubleheader between Holy Cross and Army on Sunday. It was bitter cold so I only ended up staying for the first game which was one of the most exciting games at the end in the last few years that I have attended.
The Army Black Knights and Holy Cross Crusaders were in a pitcher’s duel throughout the game with Army picking up a run in the fourth inning on a single from Chris Simmons through the hole on the left side of the infield to give the Black Knights a 1-0 lead. The score would stay the same until the bottom of the sixth inning when Jake Gorman hit a towering home run over the left field fence which was the Crusaders first hit of the game. It broke up Drew Clothier’s bid for a no-hitter. He was able to get out of the sixth inning with a 1-1 score. Army went down in the top of the seventh inning without scoring a run to set up the dramatic finish in the seventh inning. With one out, John Sills hit a groundball to third baseman J.P. Polchinski who made an errant throw to allow Sills to reach base. He would then attempt to steal second base when the throw got away from catcher Chris Simmons to let Sills reach third base with one out. Army would then walk Billy Cupelo to set up a first and third situation and one out. Army would bring in reliever Tyler Anderegg. Brendan McCrae laid down a perfect suicide squeeze on the second pitch of the at-bat to get John Sills home to let the Crusaders get the walk-off win.