Baseball Heats Up With Patriot League Play

Tommy Arrigg

Overall Record: 8-8 (0-0 Patriot League) Last Week: 4-1

Scoreboard: Boston College 7, Holy Cross 3, Chestnut Hill, Mass., 3/25
Holy Cross 8, NJIT 3, Worcester, Mass., 3/27
Holy Cross 10, NJIT 9, Worcester, Mass., 3/27
Holy Cross 15, NJIT 3, Worcester, Mass., 3/28
Holy Cross 16, NJIT 0, Worcester, Mass., 3/28

Schedule: Wednesday, March 31, vs. Harvard, Worcester, Mass., 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 3, vs. Army (DH), Worcester, Mass., 12:00 p.m./2:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 4, vs. Army (DH), Worcester, Mass., 12:00 p.m./2:30 p.m.

  • The Holy Cross baseball team was washed out of its Tuesday contest against Massachusetts due to inclement weather in the area. The game has been tentatively been postponed until Tuesday, May 4 in Amherst, Mass. beginning at 3:00 p.m.
  • The team will host an additional five games at Fitton Field this upcoming week, beginning with a contest against Harvard on Wednesday, March 31. First pitch is set for 5:00 p.m. and will serve as the 160th meeting between the Crusaders and Crimson all-time. Holy Cross holds the upper hand in the series, collecting 104 wins in 159 total contests. Harvard comes to Worcester owning a record of 6-11 and has won its last three contests. The Crusaders are currently on a four-game win streak and hold a record of 8-8. This is the first time in head coach Greg DiCenzo’s Holy Cross coaching career that his team has achieved a .500 record.
  • Patriot League play heats up this weekend as Army comes to Fitton Field for a four-game series beginning with a doubleheader on Saturday, April 3. The series will continue on Sunday, April 4 with another doubleheader.  First pitches are set for 12:00 p.m. on both days. The Crusaders are looking to avenge the losses from last year’s Patriot League tournament, as the Black Knights won two out of three to keep the Crusaders from advancing. Army has won 50 of the 79 all-time meetings between the two squads and has won four of the last seven.
  • On Saturday, April 3 the Holy Cross baseball team will hold Armed Services Day, honoring those from the Holy Cross community who have served in the Armed Forces. In addition to the special recognition of members of the military, the team will be selling special addition camouflage Holy Cross baseball hats, with all proceeds going to the Home Base Program, which helps veterans cope with combat stress.
  • For the second week in a row, a baseball player has been named the AT&T Crusader of the Week. This week’s honoree is junior Nick Ciardiello (Edison, N.J.) who had a breakout weekend offensively for his team. He was a major factor in the four-game sweep of NJIT as he went 4-for-7 with two doubles, a home run, his first of the season, and five RBI during Saturday's doubleheader sweep and then followed with a 5-for-9 plate performance, including two homers and eight RBI in another doubleheader sweep on NJIT on Sunday, including six RBI in the first game. He posted a batting average of .550 on the week and a slugging percentage of 1.250 and now ranks first on the team and Patriot League with a .448 season batting average. He also ranks first in league standings with 10 doubles and a .776 slugging percentage.
  • The squad also vaulted into first place amongst league foes in team batting as they currently hold a .324 overall batting average. They also rank on top of the league in on base percentage (.407) and slugging percentage (.481) while their seven triples recorded last weekend rank second. The seven triples on this season already ties the total number of triples marked over the entire 2009 season. Junior Jack Laurendeau (Sudbury, Mass.) notched two of the seven triples from last week, recording a career-high. He currently ranks third on the team with a .339 batting average and leads the team with 16 runs scored and seven stolen bases.
  • Senior John Sills (Milton, Mass.) has now made his mark on the national level, as he currently ranks 47th amongst all NCAA competitors in the toughest to strikeout category. He averages just one strikeout per 19.5 at-bats. Sills also ranks second on the team and seventh in the Patriot League with a .382 batting average and is first on the team and in the league with a .500 on-base percentage.