Crusaders Set For Two New England Foes This Week

Steve Tkowski

Overall Record: 10-10-1 (0-0 PL) Last Week: 3-2-1
Scoreboard: Holy Cross 2, Connecticut 2, Storrs, Conn., 3/22
Holy Cross 3, Boston College 2, Worcester, Mass., 3/23
Holy Cross 4, Columbia 3, New York, N.Y., 3/26
Columbia 11, Holy Cross 1, New York, N.Y., 3/26
Holy Cross 3, Columbia 2, New York, N.Y., 3/27
Columbia 7, Holy Cross 3, New York, N.Y., 3/27
Schedule: Tuesday, March 29 vs. Massachusetts, Worcester, Mass., 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 30 at Harvard, Cambridge, Mass., 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 2 at Army, West Point, N.Y., 12:00 p.m./2:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 3 at Army, West Point, N.Y., 1:00 p.m./3:30 p.m.

  • The Holy Cross baseball team plays against two more New England foes mid-week before traveling to West Point, N.Y. for the first Patriot League weekend doubleheader against Army. The Crusaders open up the week with a home game against UMass at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29. The Crusaders then visit Harvard on Wednesday with first pitch set for 3:30 p.m. at O'Donnell Field. The weekend series with the Black Knights begins with a doubleheader on Saturday, April 2. The first game starts at 12:00 p.m. Action concludes on Sunday, April 3, with the final doubleheader starting at 1:00 p.m. All games in West Point will be held on Doubleday Field.
  • The Crusaders and Minutemen have met a total of 59 times in program history with UMass holding a 35-25-2 advantage overall. The series dates back to 1905. Massachusetts currently owns a 6-9 record, including a 2-3 record on the road. They most recently took two out of three in their Atlantic-10 opening weekend against George Washington. Senior infielder Matt Gedman leads all starters offensively with a .421 batting average, scoring nine runs and collecting 24 hits and 11 RBI in 57 at bats. Junior RHP Glen Misho has the lowest ERA of Minutemen starting pitchers, collecting a 4.28 ERA with a 3-1 record in four starts thus far. He has also struck out a team-high 20 batters.
  • Holy Cross is 105-54 all-time against Ivy League foe Harvard, with the series dating back to 1890. The Crimson are 3-15 after splitting two doubleheaders against NYIT this past weekend. Junior infielder Jeff Reynolds leads all starters offensively, collecting a .333 batting average, 20 hits and five RBI in 18 games played. Senior RHP Max Perlman is the squad's top hurler, appearing in five games and combining for a 1-3 record overall. He has an ERA of 1.85 in 24.1 innings pitched.
  • This weekend's Patriot League opening doubleheader will serve as the 79-82nd meetings between the Crusaders and Black Knights, with Army owning a 53-23-2 all-time record. The teams first met back in 1911. Army was most recently no hit by Stony Brook on March 27, losing 1-0, and will host Stony Brook and Siena before the weekend series. They currently have a 6-12 record, including a 1-1 record at home. Senior Joey Henshaw leads all starters offensively, batting .339 thus far with seven runs, 20 hits and 12 RBI in 59 at-bats. Junior LHP Logan Lee is the squad's top starter from the mound, starting in six games thus far. He has an ERA of 3.60 in 35 innings pitched.
  • Senior Nick Ciardiello (Edison, N.J.) extended his hit-streak to 17 games, collecting at least one hit in all six games last week. He led the squad in batting average (.450), hits (9), RBI (6) and total bases (14) last week as well. He currently leads the team with nine doubles on the season, including three last week, to bring his career total to 37, which ranks third all-time amongst Holy Cross career records. He also leads the squad with 22 RBI and has 109 in his career, which ranks second all-time behind senior Eric Oxford (Danvers, Mass.) who has 124 career RBI.
  • Junior southpaw John Pedrotty (Portsmouth, R.I.) pitched the team's first complete game in a 4-3, seven-inning win against Columbia this past weekend. Pedrotty also earned his fourth winning decision, improving to a team-best 4-1 on the year. In five starts thus far, Pedrotty has recorded a 4.11 ERA with 22 punch outs in 30.2 innings pitched. His innings pitched are a team-high while his strikeouts rank second. Opposing batters are hitting .243 against him.
  • For the first time in program history, Holy Cross tied Connecticut in a 16 inning game last Tuesday. The all-time series is now set at 40-19-1, advantage to the Huskies. The 16-inning game was the longest for UConn in the last 50 years while the 16 game ties the longest game played for a Crusaders squad. The team last played 16 innings back in 1957.The squad also moved in to the top six of the NEIBA (New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association). The poll is conducted by New England College Baseball Coaches. The Crusaders ranked sixth according to the poll and received eight points. UConn was ranked first with 30 points.