May 4, 2010

Baseball Wraps Up Regular Season

Overall Record: 23-22 (10-10 Patriot League) Last Week: 2-3

Scoreboard: Holy Cross 11, Yale 9, New Haven, Conn., 4/27
Lehigh 4, Holy Cross 3, Bethlehem, Pa., 5/1
Lehigh 4, Holy Cross 3, Bethlehem, Pa., 5/1
Lehigh 5, Holy Cross 2, Bethlehem, Pa., 5/2
Holy Cross 14, Lehigh 6, Bethlehem, Pa., 5/1

Schedule: Tuesday, May 4, at Massachusetts, Amherst, Mass., 3:00 p.m. 

  • The Holy Cross baseball team will complete its regular season with a makeup game against Massachusetts on Tuesday, May 4. The contest was originally slated for late March, but was moved due to inclement weather. First pitch is set for 3:00 p.m. at Earl Lorden Field in Amherst, Mass. The game serves as the 62nd meeting between the two teams with Massachusetts owning the series advantage, 34-25-2. The series between the Crusaders and Minutemen dates back to 1905. The Minutemen currently stand with a record of 12-22 and have won two straight.
  • The team will then spend the rest of the week preparing for the 2010 Patriot League Tournament. For the third straight season, the Crusaders hold the No. 3 seed and will play the No. 2 seed, Lehigh. The semifinal round will be held at Lehigh, as the Mountain Hawks took two out of three from Holy Cross last weekend to earn the home field advantage. Game times will be announced at a later time and will be played on Goodman Campus in Bethlehem, Pa. The semifinals are best-of-three matchup with a doubleheader on May 15 and a single game, if necessary, on May 16. Army and Bucknell round out the rest of the four-team tournament field with the Black Knights owning the No. 1 seed and the Bison coming in as the No. 4 seed.
  • With one regular season game to go, this year's baseball team has registered a program record-high of 1,546 at bats, 333 runs, 503 hits, 103 doubles, 39 home runs, 757 total bases and 307 RBI so far. The team is also batting a collective .325, which is on pace to become the highest batting average in Holy Cross history. The team is putting a winning record on the line against Massachusetts. With a win on Tuesday, the squad will finish the regular season with a record above .500, a feat that has not been achieved since the 1990 baseball season.
  • There are also four squad members that have taken over the top spot amongst Holy Cross single-season records. Senior Matt Perry (Sudbury, Mass.) has a record-high 48 runs scored, sophomore Steve Tkowski (Bourne, Mass.) has a record 20 doubles and junior Nick Ciardiello (Edison, N.J.) is in a tie for first with 10 home runs and has a record-high 54 RBI. Senior pitcher Ryan George (Seekonk, Mass.) now holds the single-season record with six saves as well.
  • Through 45 games played this season, Perry continues to etch 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 (576), runs scored (129), hits (210), doubles (51) and total bases (304). After last week's games, Perry is also first in career games played (159) and started (152). He is now fifth in career home runs (13) and fourth in RBI (96) and needs four more to rank fifth. Perry also has a career-best 48 runs scored this season after scoring six runs in last week's action. 
  • The team's top leadoff man, junior Jack Laurendeau (Sudbury, Mass.) earned a Patriot League honorable mention after leading the team with 12 hits in last week's action. The team has recorded a 12-8 record when he bats first, the best record for any leadoff man. Laurendeau is also on a 15-game hit streak, dating back to the April 14 game against Dartmouth. The 15 game streak is the most on the team this season and includes 10 multi-hit contests. In all, Laurendeau has had 22 multi-hit games this season and leads the team with four triples and 17 stolen bases. With five stolen bases last week, Laurendeau now ranks second on the Holy Cross single-season records list in steals with 17. He needs three more to tie for the top spot.
  • Now that regular season conference play has concluded, the Crusaders are still the best offensive team in the Patriot League as they lead all six foes with a team batting average of .325 in all contests. Holy Cross also bats .316 in league play, topping the conference's team offensive production. Perry and freshman Stephen Wadsworth (Wayland, Mass.) rank first and second in batting average against league foes, with Perry recording a .486 batting average and Wadsworth a .429. Laurendeau ranks fourth with a .403 average. Perry, Laurendeau and Wadsworth have also collected the top three numbers of hits in league play, with 34, 31 and 30 hits respectively. Perry owns the most runs scored (19), walks (15) and on base percentage (.575) while Wadsworth has the most RBI (22). Tkowski leads the standings in doubles and sophomore pitcher Nate Koneski (North Dighton, Mass.) ties for first with the most strikeouts (25).