Baseball Plays Two At Home And Then Travels To Bucknell

Alex Maldonado

Overall Record: 10-11 (1-3 Patriot League) Last Week: 2-3

Scoreboard: Holy Cross 14, Harvard 1, Worcester, Mass., 4/1
Holy Cross 19, Army 1, Worcester, Mass., 4/3
Army 9, Holy Cross 7, Worcester, Mass., 4/3
Army 6, Holy Cross 0, Worcester, Mass., 4/4
Army 10, Holy Cross 4, Worcester, Mass., 4/4

Schedule: Tuesday, April 6, vs. Hartford, Worcester, Mass., 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 7, vs. Marist, Worcester, Mass., 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 10, at Bucknell (DH), Lewisburg, Pa., 12:00 p.m./2:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 11, at Bucknell (DH), Lewisburg, Pa., 12:00 p.m./2:30 p.m.

  • The Holy Cross baseball team will continue its 11-game home stand, dating back to the March 27 games against NJIT, with two more mid-week, non-conference contests before traveling to Lewisburg, Pa. to play in the second Patriot League match-up of the season this weekend against Bucknell.
  • The squad will first host Hartford on Tuesday, April 6 beginning at 5:00 p.m. The Hawks come to Fitton Field with a record of 5-12, having lost the last four games. The match-up serves as the 12th meeting all-time between the Crusaders and Hawks, with Holy Cross owning six wins out of the 11 total games played. Hartford won on walk-off single last year, topping Holy Cross 13-12 in 10 innings.
  • The final game of the home stand comes against Marist on Wednesday, April 7, with the first pitch set for 5:00 p.m. at Fitton Field. This is the first meeting between the two programs in Holy Cross baseball history. The Red Foxes currently hold a 13-10 overall record, including 10 wins and six losses when playing as the away team.
  • The Crusaders will round out the week’s action with a four-game set with Bucknell. There will be doubleheaders beginning at 12:00 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday with the games being played at Depew Field in Lewisburg, Pa. The teams have been annual competitors since Holy Cross joined the Patriot League, with the Bison owning a 36-27 advantage since the series began in 1991. Holy Cross looks to avenge the three losses Bucknell took from the four game series last year as the Bison outscored the Crusaders 34-20 in the set. The Bison also hold a 2-2 record in league play so far this season, after splitting this past weekend’s series with Lafayette.
  • The team picked up two honorable mention nods from the Patriot League this week after recording a 2-3 (1-3 Patriot League) record in last week’s action. Freshman Stephen Wadsworth (Wayland, Mass.) earned his first honorable mention after batting .500 (10-for-20) with five runs and five RBI in five games last week. He also hit his first career home run against Army on Saturday to lead the team offensively. Sophomore Nate Koneski (North Dighton, Mass.) makes it into the honorable mentions for the third time this season after allowing just one run and four hits in a seven-inning complete-game as Holy Cross defeated Army, 19-1, in Saturday’s series opener. With the win, he now has a team-leading 4-1 record and owns an ERA of 4.05
  • The squad has made its mark on the national scene after continuing to break out offensively through all games this season. According to the NCAA statistics released on March 28, Holy Cross’ team batting average of .324 ranks 54th on the national scene whiles their seven total triples ranks 67th.  Through this weekend’s games, however, the team is batting .335 overall.
  • Two Crusaders are also ranking amongst the nation’s best. Junior Nick Ciardiello (Edison, N.J.) currently ranks 32nd with his .447 batting average, 58th with 10 doubles and 36th with a .778 slugging percentage. He leads the Patriot League in batting average and on-base percentage (.494). Senior John Sills (Milton, Mass.) remains as one of the nation’s toughest batters to strikeout, ranking 15th with one strikeout in 27.5 at-bats.