Baseball Aims To Maintain Win Streak

Tommy Marra

Overall Record: 14-13 (4-4 Patriot League) Last Week: 4-2

Scoreboard: Holy Cross 6, Hartford 3, Worcester, Mass., 4/6
Marist 12, Holy Cross 10, Worcester, Mass., 4/7
Bucknell  4, Holy Cross 3, Lewisburg, Pa., 4/10
Holy Cross 6, Bucknell 4, Lewisburg, Pa., 4/10
Holy Cross 7, Bucknell 2, Lewisburg, Pa., 4/11
Holy Cross 16, Bucknell 2, Lewisburg, Pa., 4/11

Schedule: Tuesday, April 13, vs. Central Connecticut, Worcester, Mass., 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 14, at Dartmouth, Hanover, N.H., 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 17, vs. Lafayette (DH), Worcester, Mass., 3:00 p.m./5:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 18, vs. Lafayette (DH), Worcester, Mass., 1:00 p.m./3:30 p.m. 

  • The Holy Cross baseball team will host five games at Fitton Field this week and play on the road for one contest. Lafayette comes to Worcester, Mass. this weekend for the final Patriot League home series of the season after the team hosts Central Connecticut on Tuesday, April 13 and travels to Hanover, N.H. to play Dartmouth on Wednesday, April 14.
  • The squad will first host Central Connecticut beginning at 5:00 p.m. on April 13. The Blue Devils come to Fitton Field with a record of 10-11 and are an even 6-6 in the Northeast Conference. The match-up serves as the 12th meeting all-time between the Crusaders and Blue Devils, as the series began in 2001. Holy Cross owns six wins out of the 11 total games played, including the last two seasons. Last year, senior Matt Perry (Sudbury, Mass.) went 4-for-6 with four runs scored and two RBI to lead the Holy Cross offense to a 13-10 victory. In his sophomore campaign, Perry led the Crusaders to a 4-3 victory over Central Connecticut in Worcester, Mass. after going 3-for-4 at the plate and tallying on the game-winning hit, a two-out single to left field. He is 7-for-10 in his career against the Blue Devils.
  • The team will then travel to play Dartmouth at Red Rolfe Field at Biondi Park in Hanover, N.H. on April 13, starting at 3:00 p.m. The Big Green are currently at .500 with a 12-12 record after topping Ivy League opponent Penn 3-2 in 11 innings on Sunday. The two teams have played each other 143 times, with Wednesday's game marking the 144th match-up. Holy Cross holds a dominating 95-48 advantage in the all-time series, but has lost the last two meetings. Perry went 1-for-2 as a sophomore against the Big Green and then collected three hits in five at-bats last season to post the best batting average on the 2010 roster against Dartmouth.
  • The Crusaders will round out the week's action with a four-game set with Lafayette. There will be two days of doubleheaders beginning at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday and 1:00 p.m. on Sunday played at Fitton Field. The series between the Crusaders and Leopards dates back to 1903, with this season's series serving as the 65th meeting between the two. Holy Cross has won 26 and lost 38 meetings all-time. Last year the Crusaders took three out of four games in Easton, Pa., outscoring the Leopards 26-22. Lafayette currently stands in sixth place with a 2-6 record in the Patriot League this season, while Holy Cross now ranks third with an even 4-4 record. Perry batted .588 in the series last year, collecting 10 hits in 17 at-bats with three RBI. Sophomore Steve Tkowski (Bourne, Mass.) followed closely behind with an average of .571, marking eight hits in 14 at-bats with five RBI. Tkowski picked up Patriot League Rookie of the Week awards for his efforts.
  • Saturday will also serve as the team's senior day, honoring the seven seniors on the 2010 squad. The class includes Perry and fellow captains John Sills (Milton, Mass.) and Ryan George (Seekonk, Mass.), as well as Tommy Arrigg (Andover, Mass.), Chris Blanchard (Norwich, Conn.), Bobby Holmes (Dedham, Mass.) and Matt Shapiro (Raynham, Mass.). Together, the seniors have collected 69 wins and 91 losses, as well as a 34-31 Patriot League record.
  • Perry picked up his second-career and first Patriot League Player of the Week honor this season for his performances in games from April 5-11. He finished the week going 9-for-22 with 10 runs scored and 10 RBI in Holy Cross' six games, also recording a home run, triple and four walks and playing without an error while starting each game at third base. Perry was 7-for-15 with six runs and eight RBI in the series against Bucknell, including a five-RBI game to cap the four-game set. The triple and home run were Perry's first of the season.
  • The Crusaders are consistently turning out big run productions, as they sit on top of the Patriot League with a team batting average of .328, a .415 on-base percentage and a .489 slugging percentage. Junior Nick Ciardiello (Edison, N.J.) is also continuing to pound the ball, as he leads the league with a .443 batting average, a .514 on-base percentage and a dominating .794 slugging percentage. He has already notched 16 doubles on the season, 10 more than his career-high of six from the 2009 season. He has 39 RBI this season as well, nine better than his career total of 30. He is currently on a five-game hitting streak and has tallied 12 multiple-RBI games this year.