Baseball Looks To Continue Win Streak

Chris Blanchard

Overall Record: 4-7 (0-0 Patriot League) Last Week: 2-2

Scoreboard: Siena 6, Holy Cross 5 (13), Loudonville, N.Y., 3/17
Brown 13, Holy Cross 7, Worcester, Mass., 3/18
Holy Cross 8, Quinnipiac 7, Worcester, Mass., 3/20
Holy Cross 6, Quinnipiac 4, Hamden, Conn., 3/21

Schedule: Wednesday, March 24, at Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Mass., 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 27, vs. NJIT (DH), Worcester, Mass., 4:00 p.m./6:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 28, vs. NJIT (DH), Worcester, Mass., 12:00 p.m./2:30 p.m.

  • The Holy Cross baseball team was washed out of its Tuesday contest against Connecticut due to inclement weather in the area. The game has been postponed until Thursday, April 22 and will be held at Fitton Field beginning at 5:00 p.m.
  • The team will compete in five other contests this week, including a mid-week game against in-state rival Boston College on Wednesday, March 24. Game time is set for 3:00 p.m. at Shea Field in Chestnut Hill, Mass. The two teams have played 212 times over program history, with Holy Cross holding a 129-82-1 advantage. Last year, the team entered the contest with a record of 5-14, taking an 8-2 victory at home. Six players on the current roster collected hits in the game, including a team-leading two hits and five RBI from junior Nick Ciardello (Edison, N.J.). Senior Chris Blanchard (Norwich, Conn.) earned his first win on the 2009 season, pitching five innings without letting a run cross home plate. Blanchard earned his first win this season against Quinnipiac on Sunday, as he allowed just two hits in three innings pitched while striking out a season-high two batters.
  • This weekend will feature a four-game set with NJIT, a team that Holy Cross has never faced in program history. There will be a doubleheader starting at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 27 and then another doubleheader beginning at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 28. The Highlanders completed the 2009 season with a 4-33 record and currently hold a 3-10 record. They will play Patriot League foe Lehigh on March 24 before coming to Worcester this weekend. 
  • Senior Ryan George (Seekonk, Mass.) was named the AT&T Crusader of the Week for the first time in his career after throwing 3-2/3 scoreless innings this past week. During Wednesday's 6-5 loss at Siena in 13 innings, George pitched 1-1/3 innings of relief, allowing two hits and striking out two batters. He then picked up the save in the Saturday's 8-7 victory over Quinnipiac, fanning three batters without allowing a hit in 1-1/3 innings of work. George concluded the week by earning another save in Sunday's 6-4 win at Quinnipiac, striking out two batters in one perfect inning of relief. He owns a 0.90 ERA so far this season with 14 strikeouts in 10 innings pitched.
  • Junior Jack Laurendeau (Sudbury, Mass.), who had just one career home run entering last week’s contests, doubled his total over a span of three games. Against Siena, Laurendeau hit his first home run of the season, also marking his first RBI. In Saturday’s contest against Quinnipiac, Laurendeau sky-rocketed a ball over the centerfielder’s head with the bases loaded, landing a hit that turned into an inside the park grand slam, a feat never accomplished by any Crusader all-time. His two homers mark his career-high as he now has 11 hits, 14 runs scored and five RBI so far this season.