April 24, 2012

Baseball Heads Into Home Stretch Of Regular Season

Overall Record: 26-17 (11-5 PL) Last Week: 5-1
Scoreboard: Holy Cross 12, Brown 6, Providence, R.I., 4/18
Holy Cross 9, Brown 0, Providence, R.I., 4/18
Lehigh 4, Holy Cross 1, Bethlehem, Pa., 4/20
Holy Cross 11, Lehigh 7, Bethlehem, Pa., 4/20
Holy Cross 3, Lehigh 1, Bethlehem, Pa., 4/21
Holy Cross 16, Lehigh 5, Bethlehem, Pa., 4/21

Schedule:
Tuesday, April 24 at Yale, New Haven, Conn., 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 25 at Siena, Loudonville, N.Y., 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 28 vs. Army, Worcester, Mass., 2:00/4:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 29 vs. Army, Worcester, Mass., 12:00/2:30 p.m.

  • The Holy Cross baseball team finishes up regular season action this week, traveling for two final non-conference matches before returning home to face off with first-place Army over the weekend. The Crusaders travel for a 6:30 p.m. game at Ivy League opponent Yale on Tuesday, April 24 and then finish non-conference action at Siena on Wednesday, April 25. Game time is set for 4:00 p.m. in Loudonville, N.Y. The weekend series with the Black Knights begins on Saturday, April 28 with a doubleheader at 2:00 p.m. Sunday's doubleheader begins at 12:00 p.m. All games will be played at Fitton Field in Worcester, Mass.
  • The Crusaders and Bulldogs have met a total of 114 times over program history, with Holy Cross owning a 65-47-2 all-time record since the first game in 1895. The teams last played on April 26, 2011 with the Crusaders winning 6-5 in Worcester, Mass. Junior pitcher Josh Hauser (Dallas, Texas) earned his first career save in the outing. Yale currently holds a 9-30-1 record with a 5-10 record at their home field, Yale Field. They most recently dropped four games in a Saturday/Sunday doubleheader against Ivy League foe Dartmouth and are eliminated from postseason competition.
  • The Crusaders and Saints have met 24 times dating back to the first game of the series in 1978. Holy Cross owns a 15-9 advantage over Siena and won 13-10 in a slugfest last season. Siena is coming off a three-game slide, losing to conference opponent Saint Peter's and holds a 13-28  record overall, including three wins and eight losses on the road.
  • This weekend's final regular season Patriot League doubleheader will serve as the 83-87th meetings between the Crusaders and Black Knights, with Army owning a 57-23-2 all-time record. The Black Knights clinched the PL regular season title this past weekend, sweeping their fifth-straight league opponent, Bucknell. The squad is an unblemished 16-0 in the PL and holds a 33-9 record overall. They will host common-opponent Marist on Wednesday evening before making the trip to Worcester.
  • After taking this weekend's series at Lehigh, 3-1, Holy Cross is now locked into the No. 2 seed in the Patriot League tournament. The seeding is the highest the squad has been in the tournament since joining the Patriot League and is a great rebound after not making the tournament last season. The Crusaders will host the semifinals round of the tournament with the opponent to be determined. Bucknell is currently third with a 6-10 record while Navy sits in fourth at 5-9.
  • The team will host three events this upcoming weekend. On Saturday, the team will participate in Pediatric Cancer Awareness Day. In partnership with Sherry's House (http://www.whyme.org/) in Worcester, the Crusaders will welcome Chris, a 10-year old who was diagnosed with leukemia just a he was turning five. He went through three in half years of treatment and is currently in remission. He will throw out the first pitch on Saturday as the Holy Cross campus organization, Cures for Kids, will also sell refreshments, will all proceeds going to Sherry's House.
  • The four members of the senior class will also be honored prior to Saturday's first game. Seniors Matt Croglio (Fayetteville, N.Y.), Nate Koneski (North Dighton, Mass.), Chris Sintetos (Bethesda, Md.) and Steve Tkowski (Bourne, Mass.) will be honored for their four years of dedication to the team. Combined, the seniors have boasted at least 20 wins in every season that they've competed in. The 26-17 record and .604 winning percentage record from this season is the best the team has done in over 22 years of Holy Cross baseball. 
  • Finally, the 1952 Holy Cross baseball National Championship team will be honored before Sunday's game. Throwing out the first pitch will be Ron Perry `54, who led the 1952 team on the mound with two complete games in three attempts. The Crusaders will be wearing `52 Championship commemorative hats and will be selling the hats in the press box during the game.