February 28, 2012

Baseball Action Heats Up With Spring Break Trip

Overall Record: 1-2 (0-0 PL) Last Week: 1-2
Scoreboard: #4 Texas A&M 3, Holy Cross 2, College Station, Texas, 2/24
Holy Cross 7, #4 Texas A&M 3, College Station, Texas, 2/25
#4 Texas A&M 8, Holy Cross 2, College Station, Texas, 2/26
Schedule:
Saturday, March 3 vs. North Carolina Central, Buies Creek, N.C., 11:30 a.m.
Sunday, March 4 at Campbell, Buies Creek, N.C., 3:00 p.m.
Monday, March 5 at Campbell, Buies Creek, N.C., 4:00 p.m.

  • The Holy Cross baseball team will hit the road for its spring break trip this upcoming weekend. The team first travels to play in the Campbell Invitational Tournament, hosted by Campbell from March 3-5. The Crusaders play against North Carolina Central in the opening game on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and then play the host team on Sunday (3:00 p.m.) and Monday (4:00 p.m). All games will be played on Taylor Field in Buies Creek, N.C.
  • Saturday's meeting will be the first meeting in program history between Holy Cross and North Carolina Central. The Eagles are members of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and stand at 1-6 on the season thus far. They have lost two straight and will play against Campbell on Friday, March 2 before competing against the Crusadets.
  • Holy Cross has played against Campbell two times in program history, dropping both decisions. The Crusaders and Camels first met during the spring break of the 2007 season with Holy Cross being outscored 23-11 in the two-game set. Campbell is a member of the Big South conference and holds a record of 5-2 so far this season. They took two out of three from common-opponent Marist to start the season and have currently won two straight. They will play at North Carolina State before hosting this weekend's invitational.
  • Holy Cross' 7-3 victory over Texas A&M this past weekend was the program's first win over a top-five program in recent history. Arizona State was the last top-five team Holy Cross played, as the two met during the 2009 season. Arizona State was ranked No.5 and took all three games from the Crusaders in the series. The Crusaders' seven runs were the most runs scored by an opponent against the Aggies this season.
  • Freshman Evan Ocello (Camarillo, Calif.) had an outstanding collegiate debut and was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Week for his efforts. Ocello went 5-for-11(.455) in the three-game series, striking out just once. He collected a team-high two extra base hits and scored two runs.
  • Sophomore Mike Ahmed (East Longmeadow, Mass.) made his season debut on the mound in the Crusaders' 7-3 win on Saturday. Ahmed, who is also the team's starting third baseman, pitched 1.2 hitless innings against the Aggies, getting all six of the batters he faced out. His win is his first career victory on the mound.