WORCESTER, Mass. – Junior Holy Cross pitcher, John Colella (Herndon, Va.), has been named the Patriot League Pitcher of the Week, announced by the conference. He earns the honor for the first time in his career after posting two saves and one win in spring break action for the Crusaders last week.
Colella made a total of four appearances on the week, starting off with a three-inning save outing on Tuesday, March 6 at Charlotte. He shut out the 49ers for 3.2 total innings, allowing just one hit. After making a short appearance against No. 19 Clemson on Wednesday, Colella earned his second save of the week in a 3-0 shutout win against Winthrop on Wednesday. He pitched two shutout innings, striking out three Eagles. On Sunday, also against Winthrop, Colella tallied his first victory of the season on the mound, pitching three innings in relief. He allowed one hit and struck out three while the Crusaders won, 4-3, in the 10th inning.
On the week, Colella pitched a team-high 9.1 innings, allowing three runs on five hits and striking out 10 batters for a 2.89 ERA. He struck out the most batters by a Crusader reliever on the week and combined for his first career shutout on Wednesday. Colella posts a 2.51 ERA on the season, second lowest on the team and boasts a team-best three saves.
The Crusaders, who are now 5-6 on the season, return to action during the weekend of March 17-18, competing in the Red Storm Invitational with host St. John's and Albany. The first game of the series is set for Saturday, March 17, as the Crusaders will take on the Great Danes at 4:00 p.m. All games will be held at Kaiser Stadium in Queens, N.Y.