Baseball Moves Home Opener To Thursday, March 18 Versus Brown

John Sills

Overall Record: 2-5 (0-0 Patriot League) Last Week: 0-0
Scoreboard: No contests played
Schedule: Wednesday, March 17, at Siena (DH), Loudonville, N.Y., 2:00/5:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 18, vs. Brown, Worcester, Mass., 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 20, vs. Quinnipiac, Worcester, Mass., 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 21, at Quinnipiac, Hamden, Conn., 12:00 p.m. 

  • The Holy Cross baseball team was washed out in all of its contests last week as heavy rains kept the team from traveling to Delaware. To make up for the lost games, Holy Cross has added a mid-week game against Brown on Thursday, March 18. The game will serve as the team’s home opener, held at Fitton Field in Worcester, Mass. beginning at 4:00 p.m.
  • Prior to Thursday’s home opener, the team will play Siena in a doubleheader on Siena Field in Loudonville, N.Y. The first game of the doubleheader is set to begin at 2:00 p.m. The teams have met three times in the last six seasons with Siena taking two of those three contests. Last year, the Crusaders won, 10-3, in Loudonville, N.Y. behind a 2-for-4 plate appearance by junior Nick Ciardello (Edison, N.J.), which included a three-run home run.
  • Thursday’s game against Brown will serve as the 168th meeting between the Bears and Crusaders. Holy Cross has the upper hand in the series, posting 105 wins, 57 losses and five ties. The series began in Holy Cross baseball’s inaugural season back in 1876. It was the first contest the team has played on record. Last year, the Crusaders won a 17-12 slug fest against Brown on Fitton Field. Junior Brendan McCrea (Hicksville, N.Y.) led all players on the 2010 roster as he went 4-for-5 with a double, four runs scored and two RBI.
  • The Crusaders will wrap up this week’s action with a single game at home against Quinnipiac on Saturday, March 20 and then a single game at Quinnipiac on Sunday, March 21. Game times are set for 2:00 p.m. on Saturday and then 12:00 p.m. on Sunday. The teams have met five times in Holy Cross baseball history, as the Crusaders have won three of those meetings. The Crusaders and Bobcats first met in 1999 and played in two games last season, splitting the series. Holy Cross dropped the first game last season, 7-3, at home and then won 3-1 on the road. Senior captain John Sills (Milton, Mass.) recorded the best outings against the Bobcats last year as he combined for five hits in nine at-bats and three RBI.