Batsmen's Six-Game Streak Ends

Crusaders Hold Off Eighth-Inning Crimson Rally, Triumph 7-4

The Harvard baseball team must love nuclear fission.

Yesterday the batsmen smashed atoms--usually spelled "at 'ems"--galore in a 7-4 loss to visiting Holy Cross.

"We all hit the ball hard," said right fielder Chris McAndrews, "but we were hitting the ball right at people."

Aside from McAndrews (four for four) and Scott Vierra (two for three), the Crimson hit at 'em all afternoon.

The loss broke Harvard's six-game winning streak and dropper, the team to 12-7 overall. Holy Cross is 9-5.

It was one of only four non-league, non-tournament games on the Crimson's 37-game schedule, but Coach Alex Nahigian took it pretty seriously.

"I told the kids after the game. "We weren't ready to play,'" an angry Nahigian said. "'And anytime you're not ready to play, it's my fault.'" Nahigian refused to say anything more.

Perhaps Nahigian was frustrated by a key call that went the other way in the bottom of the eighth. With the Crusaders on top 7-2, the Crimson had started a one-out rally, scoring one run and loading the bases for team batting leader Paul Vallone.

Vallone hit what appeared to be a Texas League single, but center fielder John Mahoney tried for the force at third. McAndrews slid in under Tony Froto's tag, and base umpire Randy-Moore called him safe.

This enraged Froto, Crusader Head Coach Jack Whalen, and the rest of the Holy Cross team. Moore conferred with home plate umpire Don January, and then reversed his call.

"First of all he [Froto] touched the base," Moore said after the game. "Then he swiped the tag. I thought the runner was going from first to third."

Moore said he reversed himself because McAndrews was forced from second, so a tag was unnecessary. The Crimson claimed Froto had never been near the base.

McAndrews remained out, and Holy Cross reliever J.P. Ziegler retired the final four batters he faced to record the save.

The Crusaders had jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first on a leadoff walk, a grounder to first and an RBI single. With one out in the second, John Quinn scored from first when McAndrews let a Nick Zammarelli single get past him.

The Crimson knotted the score in the second, Mickey Maspons led off with a single, Vierra doubled him home, and Mahoney misplayed a McAndrews single, allowing Vierra to score.

After Zammarelli's single. Harvard starter Cecil Cox retired 11 straight Crusader batters. But a double and a one-out homer in the sixth Holy Cross a 4-2 lead and brought on reliever Doug Sutton.

Sutton retired five straight, then yielded what looked like a routine (if high) fly ball to start off the eighth inning.

Instead, the wind caught Brian Reale's lofter and helped it over the right field fence. An cut and a single later, George Sorbara came on in relief of Sutton.

On a Brian Foley grounder, shortstop Tony DiCesare went for the force at second, but B.J. Flynn beat DiCesare's throw. The runners advanced on a wild pitch, then scored an out later on a single to left.

Down 7-3, the Crimson mounted an eighth-inning rally. Maspons reached third when a fly to deep right blew away from Rick Rabideau. A Vierra single scored Maspons, and a McAndrews hit and a Frank Caprio walk loaded the bases. Ziegler came in to relieve starter Mark Zapatka, and Vallone hit his Texas Leaguer. Crusaders 7, Crimson 4 at Soldiers Field HOLY CROSS   ab  r  h  bi Zammrlli 2b  4  1  1  0 Mahoney cf  5  0  0  0 Reale ss  5  1  2  2 Cox 1b  4  1  1  0 Flynn dh  4  1  2  0 Foley II  3  2  1  2 Rabideau rf  4  0  0  0 Froto 3b  4  0  1  2 Quinn c  4  2  2  0 Total  37  7  10  6 HARVARD   ab  r  h  bi DCsare ss  5  0  2  0 Kay 2b  4  0  0  0 DePalo dh  4  0  0  0 Rivera 1b  5  0  0  0 Maspons c  4  2  1  0 Vierra 3b  3  2  2  2 McAndrew rf  4  0  4  0 Caprio if  3  0  0  0 Vallone cf  4  0  0  1 Total  36  4  9  3

Holy Cross  110  002  030--7 Harvard  020  000  020--4

Game-Winning RBI--Foley. DP--Holy Cross. E--Rabideau 2. Mahoney, McAndrews. LOB--Holy Cross 6. Harvard 6. 2B--Cox. Vierra HR--Foley. Reale SB McAndrews 2 S--Kay.   IP  H  R  ER  BB  SO Holy Cross Zapaika L. 1-1  7 1/2  9  4  2  3  1 Ziegler S.1  1 2/3  0  0  0  0  1 Harvard Cox L.0-2  5 1/2  6  4  3  3  2 Sutton  2  2  2  2  0  0 Sorbara  1 2/3  2  1  1  0  0

WP--Zapatka, Sorbara. BK--Sorbara. 7--2 37 A--37