Baseball Concludes 2011 Season

BASEBALL
Overall Record:
24-23-1 (9-11 PL) Last Week: 5-1
Scoreboard: Holy Cross 6, Yale 5,Worcester, Mass., 4/26
Holy Cross 13, Siena 10, Worcester, Mass., 4/27
Holy Cross 4, Lehigh 3, Worcester, Mass., 4/30
Holy Cross 4, Lehigh 3, Worcester, Mass., 4/30
Lehigh 6, Holy Cross 3, Worcester, Mass., 5/1
Holy Cross 10, Lehigh 2, Worcester, Mass., 5/1
Schedule: Season has ended.

  • The Holy Cross baseball team saw its season come to a close despite winning three of four games against Patriot League for Lehigh this past weekend. Because of other results from around the conference, the Crusaders just missed their fourth-straight bid to the Patriot League Tournament. The squad wraps up 2011 with a 24-23-1 record, finishing over .500 for the first time since the 1991 season. With the results, head coach Greg DiCenzo has now compiled a career record of 93-104-1, including 41 wins and 37 losses in Patriot League play over his four seasons. The team also reached the 20-win mark for the fourth straight season, something that has not been achieved in the 136 year history of the program.
  • The Crusaders honored their four-member senior class on Sunday against the Mountain Hawks for their accomplishments on and off the field over their four-year careers. Seniors Jack Laurendeau (Sudbury, Mass.), Eric Oxford (Danvers, Mass.), Nick Ciardiello (Edison, N.J.) and Brendan McCrea (Hicksville, N.Y.) were all celebrated.
  • Laurendeau made 154 career appearances, including 127 career starts while donning the Crusader uniform. He was a first-team All-Patriot league selection as a junior and recorded 152 hits, 109 runs scored and 67 RBI in his four year career. He swiped 37 career stolen bases, finishing in a tie for second amongst the program's career leaders in that category. He batted a career-best .355 as a junior and now ranks second on the Holy Cross single-season records list with 46 runs scored. He earned Patriot League Player of the Week honors earlier this season and was named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll as a sophomore and junior.
  • Oxford made 197 career appearances, including 185 career starts. He was the team's top defensive first baseman since his arrival on campus, ranking first in the program's career records for putouts (1,595) and double plays turned (150). Oxford also broke the Holy Cross career RBI record and finishes with 149 career RBI. He finished his career with 110 runs scored and 215 hits, including 49 doubles, which ranks second in the HC career records. He led the team with 16 two-baggers in 2011. He also broke the program's games played, games started and at-bats (709) records over his senior season. Oxford also made his first-ever career on the mound in the final game of the regular season against Lehigh, picking up his first career strikeout and allowing no hits in one inning pitched.
  • Ciardiello made 164 career appearances, including 148 career starts. He was selected to the second-team All-Patriot league and All-New England teams as a junior and set single season records in home runs, RBI and total bases that year. He led all starters with a .345 batting average, 98 total bases and a .583 slugging percentage this past season. He was named Patriot League Player of the Week on April 19 after breaking the Holy Cross career home run record against Lafayette on April 17. He finishes with 24 career home runs, 163 hits, 85 runs scored and 130 RBI. He was named to the ESPN/CoSida All-Academic district team twice and to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll all three years.
  • McCrea made 187 career appearances, including 172 career starts. He finishes his four-year career ranked second amongst Holy Cross career leaders in games started, games played and sacrifice bunts (19). His 52 games played as a junior rank first in the Holy Cross single season record book as well. Over his career, McCrea scored 112 runs, recorded 159 hits and 84 RBI. He swiped a career-high seven stolen bases as a senior and has 19 in his career, ranking 10th in the program's career records. He was also used as a pitcher for the first time in his career this season, making eight appearances and striking out six batters.
  • Sophomore RHP John Colella (Herndon, Va.) ends his sophomore season as the team's clutch closer. He boasted a team-low 3.00 ERA in 24 appearances. He recorded nine saves and a 3-2 record. His nine saves rank first in the program's single season records book and also rank third on the career saves list. His 24 appearances also broke a single-season record, set by Tommy Arrigg in 2009. In all, Colella pitched 42 innings, allowed 14 earned runs, 16 walks and 40 strikeouts. 
  • Sophomore Alex Maldonado (Brooklyn, N.Y.) finishes his second year as the team's leader in hits. Maldonado put together 59 hits in 197 at-bats, which also ranked first on the team. His 59 hits tie for ninth in Holy Cross single-season records as he also finished with a .299 batting average. Maldonado also led the team in stolen bases, finishing with 14 swipes in 16 attempts. The 14 stolen bases tie for fifth in single-season records. He now has 27 career stolen bases, ranking eighth in the program's career records list.