May 5, 2009
Holy Cross Baseball
Overall Record: 21-25 (11-7 PL); Last Week: 0-2
Scoreboard: Rhode Island 10, Holy Cross 4, Worcester, Mass., 4/28
Maine 10, Holy Cross 4, Sanford, Maine, 4/29
Schedule: Saturday, May 9 at Army (DH), West Point, N.Y., 12/3:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 10 at Army, West Point, N.Y., 1:00 p.m. (if necessary)
- The Holy Cross baseball team begins the Patriot League tournament this weekend, traveling to West Point, N.Y. The third-seeded Crusaders will play No. 2 Army in a best-of-three series with a doubleheader scheduled for Saturday, May 9, beginning at 12:00 p.m. If necessary, a third game is scheduled for Sunday, May 10, starting at 1:00 p.m. Should Holy Cross win its series with Army, it will face the winner of the Bucknell-Lafayette series in a best-of-three series on May 16-17. The series would be played in Worcester if the Crusaders face Lafayette or in Lewisburg, Pa. if Holy Cross plays Bucknell. Holy Cross is looking to clinch its first Patriot League title.
- Holy Cross and Army split the four-game league series this season, with the Crusaders sweeping the first doubleheader on Saturday, April 4 by scores of 11-2 and 10-4, while Army won both games in the second doubleheader on Sunday, April 5, 8-1 and 5-2. Junior Matt Perry (Sudbury, Mass.) led the Crusaders' in Saturday's wins with a 5-for-8 performance on the day, including three home runs and six runs batted in. During the first game on Saturday, senior Dan Seip (North Carver, Mass.) pitched his first collegiate complete game, giving up two runs on seven hits while striking out three batters in seven innings. During Sunday's doubleheaders, senior Tim Hughes (Andover, Mass.) drove in all three of the Crusaders' runs against Army.
- Last season, the Crusaders split the four-game series with Army, winning by scores of 9-0 and 2-1, while Army picked up 16-0 and 8-1 wins. Junior Matt Shapiro (Raynham, Mass.) pitched a complete game of seven shutout innings and gave up five hits while striking out four batters. During the series, senior Jake Gorman (Norfolk, Mass.) scored two runs, drove in one run, and had one home run and one double, while senior Billy Cupelo (Franklin, Mass.) had three RBI and two doubles.
- On April 28, Holy Cross concluded its regular season play at home, falling to Rhode Island, 10-4. Perry went 3-for-4 with one run scored and one RBI while junior John Sills (Milton, Mass.) went 2-for-4, driving in one run and scoring one run. Freshman Steve Tkowski (Bourne, Mass.) hit his third career home run during the game against Rhode Island.
- On April 29, the Crusaders also dropped a 10-4 game to Maine during their final regular season road trip. Sophomore Eric Oxford (Danvers, Mass.) extended his hitting streak to 11 games as he went 2-for-5 at the plate with two RBI. Perry went 3-for-5 with two runs scored, extending his hitting streak to 10 games while Tkowski went 3-for-4 with one run scored and one double.
- On Saturday, May 2, the Holy Cross varsity club announced the baseball team's major award winners. Perry received the Hop Riopel award, which is an annual award given to the team's most valuable player. Perry led the team with a season batting average of .439 and led the team in runs scored (42) and doubles (15). Seip received the Ray Dobens award, given to the most improved player on the team. During his final season with the Crusaders, Seip posted a 3-3 record and led the team in both innings pitched with 54 and 2/3 innings and strikeouts with 37. Tkowski received the Ron Soucie award, awarded to the team's rookie of the year. During his first season at Holy Cross, Tkowski appeared in 24 games and made 14 starts. Ranked second on the team with a .411 batting average, Tkowski totaled five doubles, three home runs, 13 RBI and 14 runs scored during the regular season.