March 10, 2006
BRADENTON, Fla. - Junior Mike Mongiardini (Toms River, N.J.) struck out 10 Crusaders in just five innings of work, but the Yale bullpen allowed four runs in the sixth inning to give Holy Cross (5-2) a 4-0 win over the Bulldogs on Friday afternoon at Academy park. The Bulldogs (3-3) left 11 men on base in failing to plate a run for the first time this season. Mike Miller pitched seven shut-out innings for Holy Cross, striking out eight.
Mongiardini was brilliant over five innings, allowing only three hits. He ran into a jam in the second inning by loading the bases, but he escaped the predicament after striking out the side. He did not factor in the decision.
"Mike and Matt [Fealey] both pitched very well today." Head coach John Stuper said. "They had one big inning, and big innings many times cost you ball games and that's what happened today."
Fealey (Queens, N.Y.) pitched the final two and two-thirds allowing only a two-out double in the eight while fanning three.
Schropp would fair no better, allowing a pair of doubles sandwiched around a single that brought in three runs. After getting a groundout he surrendered another two-bagger before being lifted for Fealey.
The Bulldogs had multiple attempts to get on the board, but couldn't get the big two-out hit. Yale was two for 10 with two outs and zero for 10 with runners in scoring position.
"I thought we played well today," said Stuper. "We just didn't get the big two-out hit like we have been recently."
Coming into the game the Elis were hitting .317 with two outs and .333 with runners in scoring position.
Yale's best opportunity came in the seventh inning, getting the first two men on thanks to a Josh Cox (Gainesville, Fla.) walk and a Pedro Obregon (Miami, Fla.) single brought freshman Ryan Lavarnway (Woodland Hills, Calif.) to the dish.
Lavarnway hit what looked like a seeing-eye single through the left side, but Crusader shortstop Sweeney got to the ball deep in the hole and threw out Cox, who had been crossed up on the play and initially broke back towards second, at third base.
Miller (1-1) picked up the win for Holy Cross while Christ (0-1) was charged with the loss. The teams will renew acquaintances for a Saturday morning matinee with the first pitch scheduled for 10:30 a.m.
Report Filed By Hank Gargiulo, Yale Sports Publicity