April 28, 2009
Holy Cross Baseball
Holy Cross Baseball
Overall Record: 21-23 (11-7 PL); Last Week: 4-1
Scoreboard: Holy Cross 17, Brown, 12, Worcester, Mass., 4/22
Holy Cross 13, Navy 8, Worcester, Mass., 4/25
Navy 12, Holy Cross 11, Worcester, Mass., 4/25
Holy Cross 9, Navy 5, Worcester, Mass., 4/26
Holy Cross 9, Navy 2, Worcester, Mass., 4/26
Schedule: Tuesday, April 28 vs. Rhode Island, Worcester, Mass., 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 29 at Maine, Sanford, Maine, 4:00 p.m.
The Holy Cross baseball team will play its last two games of the regular season this week. The Crusaders will host Rhode Island in its final home game on Tuesday, April 28, at 3:00 p.m. The last meeting between the teams was on April 18, 2006, with host Holy Cross dropping a 9-2 decision.
Holy Cross will travel to Maine for its final away game on Wednesday, April 29 at 4:00 p.m. The last time the teams met was on April 26, 2006, with Maine picking up a 4-3 home victory.
On Wednesday, April 22, the Crusaders picked up a 17-12 win over Brown as senior Jake Gorman (Norfolk, Mass.) went 2-for-3 against the Bears with two home runs for four RBI. Sophomore Brendan McCrea (Hicksville, N.Y.) went 4-for-5 with a double, four runs scored and two RBI while sophomore Nick Ciardiello (Edison, N.J.) went 2-for-3 with two RBI and one run scored.
On Sunday, April 26 against Navy, Gorman broke the Holy Cross record for career home runs with 21, surpassing Ben Power (’99) who finished his career with 20. Perry broke the single season total hits record at Holy Cross with 69 hits, surpassing his father Ronnie Perry who recorded 66 hits during the 1978 season. Junior Matt Shapiro (Raynham, Mass.) earned his third win of the regular season in the first game, pitching a complete game of seven innings while striking out a career-high 10 batters and giving up five runs on nine hits. For game two, junior Bobby Holmes (Dedham, Mass.) picked up his second win of the year, pitching six and 2/3 innings while giving up one run on two hits while striking out four batters.
This weekend’s success against Navy earned the Crusaders the third seed in the Patriot League tournament, being held on May 9-10. Holy Cross will play as the No. 3 seed in the tournament and will travel to second-seeded Army.
Sunday’s wins marked the first time in school history that Holy Cross will go to back-to-back Patriot League tournaments. The wins also marked the first back-to-back 20-win seasons since the 1922 and 1923 seasons.
Senior Billy Cupelo (Franklin, Mass.) led the Crusaders this week, batting .474 (9-for-19) with seven runs scored, four runs batted in, one double, one triple and his first collegiate home run hit in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader.
Junior John Sills (Milton, Mass.) and sophomore Jack Laurendeau (Sudbury, Mass.) both had strong performances at the plate, batting .438 (7-for16). Sills scored seven runs and drove in seven runs while hitting a home run and a triple and recording one stolen base. Laurendeau had five RBI and scored four runs. He also had a triple and a double and stolen one base.