May 25, 2010

Baseball Concludes Record Setting Season

Overall Record: 26-26 (10-10 Patriot League) Last Week: 1-2

Scoreboard:
Holy Cross 8, Bucknell 7, 5/21
Bucknell 4, Holy Cross 3, 5/22
Bucknell 12, Holy Cross 7, 5/22

Schedule: Season has concluded.

  • The Holy Cross baseball team concludes the 2010 season with an even 26-26 overall record after going 3-3 in the Patriot League Tournament and 10 wins and 10 losses in Patriot League regular season play. The team made its first-ever appearance in the Patriot League Baseball championship series after winning two out of three games against the No. 2 seed Lehigh in the Patriot League semifinals series and finishes with the most wins since the 1978 season. The championship had never been played at the home of the Crusaders, Fitton Field, and boasted the largest crowd for the team this season, with over 1,000 people coming out to support the Crusaders' postseason run. Holy Cross played as the No. 3 seed for the fifth time in its five Patriot League Tournament appearances, while Bucknell was the No. 4 seed. After Holy Cross won a wild first game on May 21, 8-7, Bucknell swept the final two games of the series to take home its fifth conference title.
  • Three Crusaders were named to the 11 member Patriot League All-Tournament team, including; sophomore pitcher Nate Koneski (North Dighton, Mass.), senior third baseman Matt Perry (Sudbury, Mass.) and freshman catcher Stephen Wadsworth (Wayland, Mass.). Koneski made four appearances on the mound in the tournament, including the nine-inning complete game against Lehigh and an eight-inning effort against Bucknell in the team's 8-7 win. He posted a 3.44 ERA with one win and one save. He allowed seven runs on 18 hits in 18.1 innings pitched while striking out nine batters. Perry continued his offensive tear into the postseason, marking a team-best .435 batting average in six games played. He collected a team-high 10 hits, including a double and home run, five runs scored and four RBI. Wadsworth followed closely behind Perry's numbers, recording a .429 batting average in six games. In 21 at-bats, Wadsworth collected nine hits, including two doubles, four runs scored and three RBI. 
  • This was also the first time head coach Greg DiCenzo has led his team to the conference tournament title series in his three-year tenure. DiCenzo finishes his third season with a 70-81 overall record at the helm of the program while collecting 35 wins and 29 losses in Patriot League contests. Making the Patriot League tournament is now a tradition for Holy Cross under DiCenzo's guidance, with the Crusaders marking a 5-7 record in postseason play at the conclusion of the season. DiCenzo has also had at least one player earn a major Patriot League award since his arrival. Senior Matt Shapiro (Raynham, Mass.) won the 2008 Pitcher of the Year honor while Perry was named the 2009 Patriot League Player of the Year. Wadsworth was named the 2010 Patriot League Rookie of the Year to round out the awards. Twelve players have been named to All-Patriot League squads at season's end in DiCenzo's three-year term as well, including a record-high six players this year.
  • The Holy Cross baseball team finishes the 2010 season having broken an abundance of school records. The 2010 Crusaders have now combined for at least 20 wins for the third consecutive season, something that has not been achieved since the 1917-1919 seasons. Playing in a record-high 52 games, this year's team has also registered a program record-high in almost all batting categories, including a .319 batting average, a .477 slugging percentage, 1,785 at bats, 367 runs, 569 hits, 114 doubles, 45 home runs, 852 total bases and 340 RBI.  In the field, the team finished with a record of 1,291 putouts and 557 assists and tied the number of double plays turned (42). Lastly, this year's squad broke the record for team saves (10), innings pitched (430.1) and number of strikeouts (300).
  • This year's team came away with six All-league selections, tying with Bucknell for the most number of players selected and one major award winner. Wadsworth took home Patriot League Rookie of the Year honors for the second time in Holy Cross history and first since Tyler Stampone in 2006. He was also one of the six players who earned All-Patriot League honors. The five others included Perry and junior Jack Laurendeau (Sudbury, Mass.) as first team selections and Koneski, sophomore Steve Tkowski (Bourne, Mass.) and junior Nick Ciardiello (Edison, N.J.) as members of the second team. Perry makes a repeat performance as the first team selection at third base and was a unanimous first team All-League choice. The five other players pick up their first career All-League honors.
  • On the season, Perry finished with a .409 batting average, marking the second-consecutive year he has batted over .400. He also totaled 54 runs scored, 81 hits and 36 RBI. He concludes the season on top of Patriot League statistics in hits, walks (36) and on base percentage (.498). Laurendeau concludes his junior season with a .355 batting average, 46 runs scored, 65 hits and 25 RBI. He stole 18 bases in 22 attempts, ranking second amongst Patriot League players and second in Holy Cross single-season records. Fellow junior, Ciardiello, ends the season with a .368 batting average, 39 runs scored, 68 hits, including 20 doubles, and 57 RBI. His average ranks sixth-highest in the league standings while his 57 RBI rank first in Holy Cross single-season records. Koneski completed the season as team's top hurler, collecting a 6-2 record with a 3.74 ERA in 77 innings pitched. He made 13 appearances, including 11 starts and notched five complete games. His 11 starts rank fifth in single-season records while his number of innings pitched was second most in the league. He also led the team with 51 strikeouts. Tkowski concludes his sophomore season with a .333 batting average, 37 runs scored, 64 hits, including 21 doubles, and 44 RBI. His 21 doubles are a Holy Cross single-season record and rank first amongst Patriot League performers. His 44 RBI tie for third in the Holy Cross single-season record books as well.
  • Perry concludes his spectacular four years etched in many categories of the Holy Cross career records books. After playing in a record 166 games, including 159 starts at third base, Perry has taken over the top spot in at-bats (603), runs scored (135), hits (220), doubles (52) and total bases (318). He also finished his career tied for sixth in career batting average (.365), tied for seventh in slugging percentage (.537), fifth in on-base percentage (.439), fifth in home runs (14) and tied for third in RBI (100). In just his senior season, Perry has registered a record number of games played and started (52), at-bats (198), runs scored (54), hits (81) and total bases (116).
  • The 2010 team says goodbye to a seven-member senior class who helped lay the ground work for a thriving Holy Cross baseball program. Along with Perry, senior captains John Sills (Milton, Mass.) and Ryan George (Seekonk, Mass.), Tommy Arrigg (Andover, Mass.), Chris Blanchard (Norwich, Conn.), Bobby Holmes (Dedham, Mass.) and Shapiro will all graduate from Holy Cross on Friday with the most successful season in over 30 years of Holy Cross baseball under their belts. Sills ties with Perry for the most career games played and games started (166-157). He also tops out with a career record 417 assists, while following Perry closely behind with 591 career at-bats, having broken the previous record of 540. He batted a career-best .313 this season and stole a career-high 11 bases, bringing his career total to 29, ranking fourth all-time. He also tallied a career-best 61 hits this season.  Fellow captain George leaves as the program's top closer, collecting a career 13 saves, topping out the Holy Cross career records. He also made a school-record 66 appearances in four years and now ranks eighth with 131 career strikeouts. This year, he posted a career-best 3.12 ERA, three wins, six saves and 44 strikeouts. The six saves are a Holy Cross single-season record while his 21 appearances rank second. Arrigg made eight appearances in relief this season and finishes with 53 appearances over his career, second in the program's record books. He posted a 3.75 ERA in his final season, a career-low. Blanchard surfaced as one of the team's top three pitchers and made his final start count in the third game of the Patriot League semifinals. He shut out the Mountain Hawks for eight innings in that game, earning his team a berth into the Patriot League championship series. On the season, he made 12 appearances, including a career-high four starts. He posted the team's second-lowest ERA of 3.54, a career-best. He also recorded career-highs in innings pitched (40.2), strikeouts (26) and opponent batting average (.268). Holmes made a career-high 16 appearances this season, including six starts. He ends his career with 30 starts and 44 appearances, as his 30 starts tie for fifth in the program's career record books. He has pitched a total of 176.1 innings in a Crusaders uniform and has struck out 125 batters, tying for eighth all-time. He posted a .252 opponent's batting average this season, a career-best. Shapiro, the unsung hero of the squad, remained as one of the team's top starters. He finishes his career with 11 wins, including four this season. His 28 career games started puts him in a tie for seventh on the Holy Cross career records list while his 11 starts this season were a career-high and tied with Koneski for most starts on the team. He went 4-3 in his senior season, marking a 5.37 ERA, 53.2 innings pitched and 39 strikeouts, two shy of his career-high.