April 9, 2013

Holy Cross To Play Six Contests This Week

Overall: 14-16; Last Week: 4-2
Scoreboard: Holy Cross 10, Hartford 3; Hartford, Conn., 4/2
Marist 17, Holy Cross 5; Poughkeepsie, N.Y., 4/3
Holy Cross 3, Lafayette 0; Easton, Pa., 4/6
Lafayette 8, Holy Cross 7; Easton, Pa., 4/6
Holy Cross 11, Lafayette 5; Easton, Pa., 4/7
Holy Cross 23, Lafayette 4; Easton, Pa., 4/7
Schedule: Tuesday, April 9 at Central Connecticut; New Britain, Conn., 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 10 vs. Dartmouth; Worcester, Mass., 4:00 p.m.
Saturday April 13 vs. Navy (DH); Worcester, Mass., 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 14 vs. Navy (DH); Worcester, Mass., 12:00 p.m. 

  • The Holy Cross baseball team went 4-2 over the past week and claimed three wins in Patriot League play at Lafayette last weekend. The Crusaders split their non-conference games during the week with a 10-3 win at Hartford and a 17-5 loss at Marist. On Saturday, Holy Cross won the first game versus Lafayette, 3-0, but fell in the second game to the Leopards, 8-7. On Sunday, the Crusaders swept both games by margins of 11-5 and 23-4. Holy Cross improves to 14-16 overall as it has won 12 of its last 15 games. The Crusaders also have a two-game lead in the Patriot League standings as their conference record stands at 6-2. 
  • This week, Holy Cross will play to non-conference games at Central Connecticut (April 9) and at home versus Dartmouth (April 10). During the weekend, the Crusaders will host Navy in a pair of doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday, April 13-14. The games on Saturday will begin at 2:00 p.m., while Sunday's contests will start at 12:00 p.m. 
  • Central Connecticut enters Tuesday's contest with a 13-12 overall record as it has won four of its last six games. Dartmouth will play Boston College on April 9, as its record currently stands at 17-5 overall. Navy plays one non-conference game on Wednesday, before it heads to Worcester, Mass. As of Tuesday, Navy's record is 17-16 overall and 4-4 in the Patriot League, which ties them for second place.
  • Holy Cross senior outfielder Patrick Puentes (East Greenbush, N.Y.) had an outstanding week at the plate for the Crusaders as he was named Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week, Patriot League Player of the Week, and College Sports Madness' Patriot League Player of the Week. For the week, Puentes batted 10-for-22 (.455) with seven runs, two doubles, one triple, three home runs and 11 RBIs. During the doubleheader on Sunday, April 7, Puentes hit 2-for-3 with a homer and three RBIs in game one, and hit for the cycle in game two going 5-for-5 with four runs, two long balls and six RBIs. For the season, Puentes is batting .265 with 26 hits, 18 runs, six home runs and 21 RBIs. His home runs total ranks first in the Patriot League, three ahead of the next closest player.
  • Crusaders senior catcher/first baseman Stephen Wadsworth (Wayland, Mass.) led Holy Cross this past week with a .476 batting average (10-for-21). Wadsworth also had five runs, three doubles, one homer and seven RBIs during the six games. For the season, he is batting .309 with 25 hits, 14 runs, two home runs and 14 RBIs.
  • Holy Cross senior starting pitcher Tom Marra (Sea Cliff, N.Y.) helped the Crusaders claim the game-one victory versus Lafayette as the righty tossed a complete game seven-inning shutout. He allowed four hits and one walk, while he fanned a season-best seven batters. For the season, Marra has a 1-3 record and is tied for the team lead with a 5.57 ERA. He has allowed 22 runs (20 earned) on 37 hits, while retiring 18 via strikeout.
  • Crusaders senior left-handed pitcher Chris Kono (Greenwich, Conn.) picked up two victories on the mound this week versus Hartford and in the fourth game at Lafayette. For the week, he pitched 13 innings and allowed six runs (three earned), nine hits and four walks, while striking out eight batters. This season, Kono holds a 3-0 record with a 5.64 ERA over 22.1 innings pitched.
  • Sophomore outfielder Evan Ocello (Camarillo, Calif.) batted .458 on the week with a pair of home runs, while senior first baseman Jordan Enos (Stockton, Calif.) went 9-for-25 at the plate with his first homer of the season. Enos leads the Patriot League with a .380 batting average, is tied for first with 12 doubles and ranks second in slugging percentage (.530) and RBIs (23). Ocello is first in the conference with a .573 slugging percentage, tied for the lead with three triples and is tied for second in runs scored (27) and home runs (3).
  • Freshman infielder Nick Lovullo (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) hit his first career home run versus Lafayette on April 7.
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