April 20, 2010

Baseball Readies For Big Patriot League Weekend

Overall Record: 17-16 (7-5 Patriot League) Last Week: 3-3

Scoreboard: Central Connecticut 10, Holy Cross 4, Worcester, Mass., 4/13
Dartmouth 4, Holy Cross 2, Hanover, N.H., 4/14
Holy Cross 11, Lafayette 4, Worcester, Mass., 4/18
Lafayette 7, Holy Cross 0, Worcester, Mass., 4/18
Holy Cross 6, Lafayette 2, Worcester, Mass., 4/19
Holy Cross 6, Lafayette 3, Worcester, Mass., 4/19

Schedule: Wednesday, April 21, vs. at Brown (DH), Providence, R.I, 2:00 p.m./4:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 22, vs. Connecticut, Worcester, Mass., 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 24, at Navy (DH), Annapolis, Md., 12:00 p.m./2:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 25, at Navy (DH), Annapolis. Md., 12:00 p.m./2:30 p.m.

  • The Holy Cross baseball team, who currently sits in second place in the Patriot League standings after taking three of four games from Lafayette on April 18-19, will play in three non-conference match-ups before traveling to Annapolis, Md. to take on Navy in a big weekend series.
  • The squad will first play against Brown for the second time this season, traveling to Providence, R.I. for a doubleheader beginning at 2:00 p.m. The Bears won earlier this season, 13-7. Wednesday's games serve as the 169th and 170th meeting between the Bears and Crusaders. Holy Cross has the upper hand in the series, posting 105 wins, 58 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.
  • The team will then make up the game against No. 21 Connecticut, which was originally scheduled to be played back in March. The Huskies will play on both Tuesday and Wednesday before traveling to Worcester, Mass. and are currently at 27-7 on the season. The game will begin at 5:00 p.m. at Fitton Field in Worcester, Mass. Connecticut is ranked 21st in Baseball America's Top-25 poll and No. 19 in the Collegiate Baseball News Poll. The Crusaders and Huskies have played in 58 total contests dating back to 1921 with Holy Cross only earning 19 wins all-time. Connecticut won in Storrs, Conn., 9-3 last year.
  • The Crusaders will round out the week's action with a four-game set at Navy. There will be two days of doubleheaders beginning at 12:00 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, April 24-25. The games will be played at Terwilliger Brothers Field at Max Bishop Stadium. The series between the Crusaders and Midshipmen dates back to 1977, with this season's series serving as the 66th meeting between the two. Holy Cross has won 20 and lost 45 meetings all-time. Last year, the Crusaders took three out of four games in Worcester, Mass., outscoring the Midshipmen 42-27. Navy currently stands in fifth place in the league standings with a 4-8 record while Holy Cross now ranks second with seven wins and five losses. Junior Eric Oxford (Danvers, Mass.) and senior John Sills (Milton, Mass.) each had seven RBI in the series last year to lead the team's offense.
  • Senior Ryan George (Seekonk, Mass.) broke the Holy Cross single-season record for saves after earning his sixth save of the season against Lafayette on Monday. He currently leads the team with an ERA of 0.92 and 37 strikeouts. He is just six strikeouts away from tying his career high of 43 strikeouts in a single season, which he marked in 2008. George also ranks fourth in the league in strikeouts, while he is second in appearances (14) and saves (6).
  • The Crusaders are still the best offensive team in the Patriot League as they lead all six foes with a team batting average of .321. The team's pitching has also slowly climbed the ranks as they now rank fourth with a team ERA of 5.62. Holy Cross also has six out of the 20 top individual batters in the league as juniors Nick Ciardiello (Edison, N.J.) and Jack Laurendeau (Sudbury, Mass.), seniors Sills and Matt Perry (Sudbury, Mass.), sophomore Steve Tkowski (Bourne, Mass.) and freshman Stephen Wadsworth (Wayland, Mass.) are all listed. Ciardiello ranks first in the league with 17 doubles as does Sills' .481on-base percentage.