Baseball Finalizes Postseason Standing This Weekend

Josh Hauser

Overall Record: 21-19 (9-7 Patriot League) Last Week: 4-3

Scoreboard: Holy Cross 8, Brown 5, Providence, R.I., 4/21
Holy Cross 18, Brown 11, Providence, R.I., 4/21
Connecticut 27, Holy Cross 10, Worcester, Mass., 4/22
Navy 4, Holy Cross 3, Annapolis, Md., 4/24
Navy 9, Holy Cross 0, Annapolis, Md., 4/24
Holy Cross 8, Navy 3, Annapolis, Md., 4/25
Holy Cross 6, Navy 1, Annapolis, Md., 4/25

Schedule: Tuesday, April 27, at Yale, New Haven, Conn., 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 1, at Lehigh (DH), Bethlehem, Pa., 12:00 p.m./2:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 2, at Lehigh (DH), Bethlehem, Pa., 12:00 p.m./2:30 p.m.

  • The Holy Cross baseball team will begin the week with a game against Yale at the historic Yale Field in New Haven, Conn. The contest was originally slated as a doubleheader but will now be played as a single game starting at 5:00 p.m. The contest will serve as the team's last meeting with an Ivy League opponent this season, as the Crusaders have a 3-2 advantage when playing against Ivy League teams thus far. Yale currently stands with a record of 17-19-1 and has won one of its last seven contests. The series between the Crusaders and Bulldogs dates back to 1895, with Holy Cross winning 63 of the 112 all-time meetings.
  • A crucial Patriot League series follows as the Crusaders travel to Bethlehem, Pa. to take on Lehigh in a four-game series starting Saturday, May 1. Saturday and Sunday feature doubleheaders beginning at 12:00 p.m. both days on the Mountain Hawk's home field of Goodman Campus. The teams are currently tied for second in the league standings with a 9-7 record. Though neither team has clinched a Tournament berth, the No. 2 seed will come out of this weekend's series, as Army has already wrapped up the top spot in the league with a 13-3 league record. The Crusaders will be the No. 2 by winning or splitting the four-game series, while the Mountain Hawks have to win the four-game set to host a Patriot League Tournament semifinal round. Either team would clinch a berth in the tournament with two wins, a win and a Navy loss or other avenues that involve losses by Bucknell and Navy.
  • Last year, Holy Cross and Lehigh were only able to play in two games due to weather conditions. The Crusaders came away with wins in both games as sophomore Chris Sintetos (Bethesda, Md.) went 3-for-5 at the plate to post the highest batting average in the series (.600). Senior Matt Perry (Sudbury, Mass.) collected a team-high three RBI, notching a double and home run.
  • Through 40 games played this season, Perry has not only made an impact on the team's winning performances, but has etched his name on top of the Holy Cross career records books. So far this season, Perry has taken over the top spot in at-bats (559), runs scored (123), hits (199), doubles (47) and total bases (286). He currently ranks second in games played (154), and is three games waway from breaking that record. He is tied for sixth in career home runs (6) and fourth in RBI (93) and needs seven more to rank fifth. So far this season Perry has tied his career-high in runs scored (42), which ranks 10th amongst Holy Cross single-season records. 
  • A fresh face sparked the Crusaders' offense this past week as freshman Stephen Wadsworth (Wayland, Mass.) was named Patriot League Rookie of the Week on April 26. Wadsworth was key in each of the team's doubleheader sweeps last week, going 3-for-7 with a run and a RBI against Lafayette on Monday and 5-for-7 with a run and five RBIs in Sunday's two wins over Navy. He also had solid efforts in Holy Cross' three midweek games and finished the week batting .467 (14-for-30) with six runs and nine RBI in the Crusaders' nine games last week. He notched at least one hit in each contest with four multi-hit and two multi-RBI efforts. Wadsworth has made himself a very notable candidate for Patriot League Rookie of the Year as well as he currently leads all players with a .492 batting average in Patriot League play. He also ranks first in hits (29) and RBI (20) when playing league opponents.
  • After this weekend's action, senior John Sills (Milton, Mass.) has written his name in to the Holy Cross career record books in the assists category. With 96 assists so far this season, Sills now ranks first all-time with 386 total assists. Sills also moved into a tie for fourth place with 27 stolen bases, including two from over the weekend. He still ranks nationally as the 26th toughest batter to strikeout, as he currently averages one strikeout in 18 at-bats.
  • Senior Chris Blanchard (Norwich, Conn.) earned a Patriot League honorable mention this week after allowing just one run in a nine inning complete-game against Navy on Sunday. Blanchard's nine-inning outing marked the first time in his career that he has pitched a full game. He also struck out a season and career-high nine batters on his way to tallying his third win of the season.
  • The Crusaders are still the best offensive team in the Patriot League as they lead all six foes with a team batting average of .326 in all contests. 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 Perry, sophomore Steve Tkowski (Bourne, Mass.) and freshman Wadsworth are all listed. Tkowski ranks first in the league with 18 doubles, breaking the Holy Cross single-season record set by Ciardiello earlier this season. Ciardiello ranks first with 47 RBI, which also ties for first in the school's single-season records. Perry currently tops the rankings in walks (27) and on-base percentage (.478).