Baseball Looks For Strong End To Regular Season
Overall Record: 19-22-1 (6-10 PL) Last Week: 2-3
Scoreboard: Holy Cross 10, Brown 7, Worcester, Mass., 4/21
Holy Cross 8, Navy 6, Worcester, Mass., 4/24
Navy 10, Holy Cross 8, Worcester, Mass., 4/24
Navy 11, Holy Cross 2, Worcester, Mass., 4/25
Navy 5, Holy Cross 2, Worcester, Mass., 4/25
Schedule: Tuesday, April 26 vs. Yale, Worcester, Mass., 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 27 vs. Siena, Worcester, Mass., 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 30 vs. Lehigh, Worcester, Mass., 3:00 p.m./5:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 1 vs. Lehigh, Worcester, Mass.,12:00 p.m./2:30 p.m.
- The Holy Cross baseball team has much to prove in the final weekend of the regular season, but has the home advantage to guide it through its last two non-conference tilts and the closing Patriot League doubleheader weekend. Yale takes a trip to Fitton Field first as the Crusaders and Bulldogs match-up at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26. A visit from Siena follows on Wednesday, April 27 at 5:00 p.m. Wrapping up the week will be a four-game set with Lehigh, who is 7-9 in league action. The Mountain Hawks come to Worcester for a 3:00 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday, April 30 and finish with a 12:00 p.m. doubleheader on Sunday, May 1.
- The Crusaders and Bulldogs have met a total of 113 times over program history, with Holy Cross owning a 64-47-2 all-time record since the first game in 1895. The teams last played on April 27, 2010 with the Crusaders winning 11-9 in New Haven, Conn. Yale currently has 22 wins and 15 losses on the season, including a 9-8 record on the road. They most recently split four games in a Saturday/Sunday doubleheader against Harvard. Senior infielder Trey Rallis leads all starters offensively with a .364 batting average, scoring 23 runs and collecting 47 hits and 28 RBI in 129 at bats. Senior Vinny Lally is the Bulldogs' top hurler from the mound, posting a 1.87 ERA in nine starts.
- The Crusaders and Saints have met 23 times dating back to the first game of the series in 1978. Holy Cross owns a 14-9 advantage over Siena but lost, 6-5, in 13 innings last season. Siena is coming off a three-game sweep of Niagara and holds a 17-23 record overall, including eight wins and 15 losses on the road. Junior second baseman Dan Paolini leads the offense with a .345 batting average, leading the team with 50 hits. Sophomore RHP Justin Brantley is the team's top starter on the mound, posting a 3.51 ERA in 10 starts.
- This weekend's Patriot League doubleheader will serve as the 74-78th meetings between the Crusaders and Mountain Hawks, with the team's splitting the all-time series 37-37. The teams first met back in 1899 while Lehigh took three of four from Holy Cross on the road last season. The Mountain Hawks lost three of four against Bucknell this past weekend and are now tied with the Bison with a 7-9 league record. They will host Coppin State on Wednesday before bringing their 23-16 overall record to Worcester. Senior infielder Kevin Mihalik leads all starters offensively with a .362 batting average. Sophomore Cameron Phillips is the squad's top starter on the mound, posting a 4.40 ERA in six starts and eight overall appearances. He owns a 1-2 record.
- Sophomore closer John Colella (Herndon, Va.) broke the Holy Cross single season saves record against Brown last weekend, making his seventh save. He then tallied another save against Navy on Saturday and moves into third on the Holy Cross career saves list with eight closeouts. He did not allow a hit in over five innings pitched and posted a 0.00 ERA.
- Tuesday's game against the Bulldogs will serve as the team's Big Brothers, Big Sisters Day. The squad will wear special Big Brothers hats and one of the little brothers will throw out the first pitch.
- Holy Cross's four-member senior class will be honored prior to Sunday's doubleheader against Lehigh. Seniors Nick Ciardiello (Edison, N.J.), Jack Laurendeau (Sudbury, Mass.), Brendan McCrea (Hicksville, N.Y.) and Eric Oxford (Danvers, Mass.) will all be celebrated for their accomplishments with the program.
- Due to last weekend's results, the Crusaders are in last place in league standings with one final weekend left to sneak into the tournament. No team in the conference has locked up a playoff spot, but the Crusaders will need to win more games than Bucknell, who are 7-9 and play Army, in order to secure a spot in the postseason.