March 8, 2011
Crusaders Stay South For Six More Games
Overall Record: 2-4 (0-0 PL) Last Week: 2-1
Scoreboard: Holy Cross 5, Villanova 1, Wilmington, N.C., 3/5
Holy Cross 16, St Joseph's 3, Wilmington, N.C., 3/7
North Carolina-Wilmington 12, Holy Cross 4, Wilmington, N.C., 3/7
Schedule: Tuesday, March 8 at Gardner Webb, Boiling Springs, N.C., 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 9 at Gardner Webb, Boiling Springs, N.C., 4:00 p.m.
Friday, March 11 at Virginia Commonwealth, Richmond, Va., 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 12 vs. Princeton/Virginia Commonwealth, Richmond, Va., 12:00 p.m./4:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 13 vs. Princeton, Richmond, Va., 12:00 p.m.
- The Holy Cross baseball team's season heats up over spring break with a total of six contests played between Tuesday and Sunday. After being rained out of action on Sunday, Holy Cross faced off with St. Joseph's and North Carolina-Wilmington on Monday, March 7 and quickly makes the turnaround with a trip to Boiling Springs, N.C., for a mid-week match-up against Gardner Webb. The Crusaders will face the Bulldogs on Tuesday, March 8 and Wednesday, March 9 with first pitch set for 4:00 p.m. both days. Games will be held at John Henry Moss Stadium.
- The Crusaders follow the Gardner Webb set with a trip to Richmond, Va., to play in the Terry Sisisky Classic, hosted by Virginia Commonwealth. The weekend features a four-game round-robin series between Holy Cross, Princeton and host team VCU. All games will be held at the Diamond, home of the Rams. Holy Cross plays Princeton first on Friday, March 11 at 3:00 p.m., competes in a doubleheader against Princeton at 12:00 p.m. and then VCU at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 12 and finishes the week's action against the Tigers at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 13.
- The midweek set between the Crusaders and Runnin' Bulldogs serves as the first meeting between the two teams in program history. Gardner Webb is currently on a four-game win streak, recording seven wins and three losses in all this season. Junior outfielder Adam McFarland leads the squad offensively, batting .389 with 14 hits and 14 RBI. Sophomore right handed pitcher Conner Scarborough is the team's top hurler, going 2-0 in his two starts thus far, registering a 1.50 ERA.
- Holy Cross and Princeton have met 13 times in program history, as the Crusaders have come away with 13 wins, nine losses and one tie. The series dates back to 1900 as the Tigers will be the first of six Ivy League opponents Holy Cross faces this season. Princeton is now 1-2 on the season after opening up the spring with a three-game set at common opponent Louisiana State. The Tigers beat out No. 7 LSU, 8-7, on Sunday, March 6. Freshman infielder/RHP Mike Ford led the team offensively over the weekend, bringing home five runs and collecting three hits.
- This will be the first meeting in program history for the Crusaders and Rams and Holy Cross' first appearance in the terry Sisisky Classic. Virginia Commonwealth has won four of its 10 games played so far this season and went 1-2 in its last series against Presbyterian. The squad plays against Longwood on April 9 before hosting Holy Cross and Princeton this upcoming weekend. Senior outfielder John Lenherr has provided the team's biggest offensive production, batting .462 with 18 hits and five RBI in 39 at-bats. Sophomore RHP Kyle Haynes has the most success on the mound in his starting role, registering a 1-1 record in three starts with a 4.20 ERA.
- Junior LHP John Pedrotty (Portsmouth, R.I.) registered his best outing as a new starting-pitcher this past weekend against Villanova. Pedrotty threw for three scoreless innings, finishing with one earned run in 7.2 innings pitched. He picked up his first win as a starter and struck out four Wildcats, a single game-high for the Crusaders this season. For his efforts, Pedrotty was named Patriot League Pitcher of the Week, the first Holy Cross pitcher to win the award since 2008.
- Senior Eric Oxford (Danvers, Mass.) broke the Holy Cross career RBI record with two RBI against Villanova on Saturday. Oxford knocked out a home run in his first at-bat, breaking the record with one swing of the bat. He also drove in another run later on in the game. Oxford also knocked in three runs and scored three runs in the 16-3 win over St. Joseph's, going 4-for-5 at the plate. He finished the weekend series going 6-for-13, notching five RBI, four runs scored, a .462 batting average and .923 slugging percentage.
- Freshman Kyle Stearns (Orland Park, Ill.) also picked up Patriot League weekly honors as he was named the league's Rookie of the Week. Stearns played a key role in Holy Cross' win, bringing in the first two runs of the game with the first triple of the season for the Crusaders. He finished the weekend's action with one hit in seven plate appearances, scoring one run and knocking in two.