Feb. 2, 2006
Center Valley, Pa. -
The Holy Cross baseball team was picked to finish fifth in the 2006 Patriot League preseason poll as voted on by head coaches and sports information directors from around the league. The Crusaders earned 15 total points, finishing behind Lehigh (40 total points), Bucknell (33 total points) and Lafayette (28 total points). Army received 10 first place votes and 50 total points on its way to being picked to finish first for the second straight season after earning back-to-back trips to the NCAA Tournament in 2004 and 2005. Navy was chosen sixth with 14 total points. This year's poll results are an exact replica of last year's final regular season standings.
Holy Cross will be led by two-time All-Patriot League and two-time team most valuable player, Tucker Frawley (New Haven, Conn.). Last season, Frawley finished the season ranked 17th in the nation in batting average (.409) and was one of just two players in the Patriot League to hit .400 or better. The New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) Division I First Team selection led the team in batting average (.409) and hits (45) and drove in 16 runs.
The Crusaders are also returning starters Andrew Tenaglia (first base), Tom Potvin (centerfield), Jamie Aldrich (left field), and Andrew Sweeney (shortstop) to the lineup, as well as a seasoned pitching staff including juniors Rob Oteri, Mike Miller and Scott Hampe, and seniors Jim McCloud and Keith Simard. Potvin returns as the team's leading run scorer from a year ago (23 runs scored), while the six-foot-three Oteri owned the team's lowest earned run average at 3.11. In addition, Holy Cross has 11 newcomers on the roster this season, who will be looking to contribute immediately.
The Crusaders finished last season with a 13-23 overall record and a 5-11 mark in Patriot League play. Holy Cross will start the year with six games in Bradenton, Fla., from March 5-11. The spring break schedule includes games against Bowling Green, Duquesne, Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne, Villanova and Yale. The Crusaders then travel to Albany on March 15, before their home opener on Thursday, March 16, which will be a 4:00 p.m. showdown with cross-town rival, Assumption College.
The 2006 Patriot League baseball schedule will get underway the first weekend in February, with Navy hosting Coppin State on Feb. 4 and 5. Patriot League action will begin the first weekend of April with all six teams slated to play.