Crusaders Prepare For 2012 Patriot League Tournament

Alex Maldonado

Overall Record: 29-20 (13-6 PL) Last Week: 4-3
Scoreboard: Yale 5, Holy Cross 4 (12), West Haven, Conn., 4/24
Holy Cross 6, Siena 4, Loudonville, N.Y., 4/25
Army 4, Holy Cross 2, Worcester, Mass., 4/28
Holy Cross 6, Army 3, Worcester, Mass., 4/28
Holy Cross 5, Army 0, Worcester, Mass., 4/29
Army 4, Holy Cross 3, Worcester, Mass., 4/29

Schedule:
Saturday, May 12 vs. Navy, Worcester, Mass., TBA
Sunday, May 13 vs. Navy, Worcester, Mass., if necessary

  • The Holy Cross baseball team completed the 2012 regular season with a 4-3 week, going 1-1 in non-conference action and 2-2 against Army, who was previously undefeated in league play. The Crusaders complete the regular season with a 29-20 record, registering the most wins by a Holy Cross baseball program since 1925. The Crusaders will now look to capture it's first-ever Patriot League Championship, playing as the No. 2 seed in the tournament. The squad hosts Navy, who earned the No. 3 seed this past weekend. The two will face off the weekend of May 12-13 in a best-of-three series. Times will be announced at a later date.
  • Junior Alex Maldonado (Brooklyn, N.Y.) became Holy Cross' career stolen base leader after stealing two bases in the series against Army this past weekend. Maldonado broke the record on Saturday with a steal in the first game. His career total is 44 as he broke the record set by Michael Neary set in 1992. Fourteen of his steals are from this season as he ranks third in the Patriot League in the category.
  • Team awards were given out after Saturday's double header versus Army. Juniors John Colella (Herndon, Va.) and Jordan Enos (Stockton, Calif.) along with seniors Nate Koneski (North Dighton, Mass.) and Matt Croglio (Fayetteville, N.Y.) and freshman Donny Murray (Walpole, Mass.) all received honors.
  • Colella received the Hop Riopel award, given to the team MVP. Colella holds a team-leading 2.33 ERA this season in 46.1 innings pitched. He has recorded a team and league-best 10 saves and broke the Holy Cross career saves record earlier this year against Bucknell. He posts a record of 4-1 with 45 strikeouts, second highest amongst the Crusader pitching staff. His 24 appearances are a team-high while his 10 saves are a Holy Cross single-season record.
  • Enos received the Ray Dobens award, given to the team's most improved player. After appearing in just 18 contests as a sophomore, Enos has become the team's defensive rock at first base this season. He has started in 35 contests and has made 41 appearances. He leads all infielders with a .984 fielding percentage and 289 put outs. Offensively, Enos ranks second on the team with a .315 batting average in 130 at-bats.
  • Koneski received the team's first Perry-Conlon award, given to the most outstanding pitcher. Koneski has made 48 career appearances, including 37 career starts on the mound for the Crusaders. He was a second team All-Patriot league selection as a sophomore and earned the Cape Cod summer league's Top New England Prospect honor in 2011. Currently, Koneski leads the team and Patriot League with 68 strikeouts and has 283 in his career, ranking second all-time in program history. He boasts a 2.44 ERA this season, second lowest on the team and third lowest in the conference. He currently holds a 6-2 record and has won a total of 16 games in his career.
  • Croglio earned the Robert T. Curran Leadership award, given to player/players who most exemplify the former "Son of Holy Cross." It was given to Croglio this year for his true leadership and impact on the Holy Cross baseball program, not only on the field but off the field as well.
  • Murray rounded out the honors by receiving the Ron Soucie award, given to the team's Rookie of the Year. During the regular season, Murray has made 13 appearances on the mound for the Crusaders, including four starts. He holds an unblemished 3-0 record and a 3.30 ERA. In 43.2 innings pitched thus far, Murray has struck out 33 batters and earned one save. He also combined for one shut out and has walked just nine batters.