June 22, 2005
Worcester, Mass. - A number of Holy Cross baseball players are enjoying fine seasons for a number of widely recognized summer league teams this season. Patriot League First Team selection Tucker Frawley (New Haven, Conn.) and pitcher Matt Blake (Concord, N.H.) are playing for the Concord Quarrydogs of the New England College Baseball League, while pitcher Rob Oteri (Sudbury, Mass.) is suiting up for the Newport Gulls, also of the NEBCL. In addition, right-hander Mike Miller (Wayzata, Minn.) is playing for the Mankato Moondogs of the Northwoods League in Minnesota.
A New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) Division I First Team selection this past season for the Crusaders, Frawley is currently ranked 13th in the NECBL in batting average (.372) and is tied for second in the league with 16 hits. Through 10 games, Frawley has three doubles and two RBI and has a .442 slugging percentage.
Blake, who will be entering his junior year at Holy Cross has made four appearances for the Quarrydogs this season, which is second most on the staff. In 4.0 innings pitched, the lefty has allowed just four hits.
The Quarrydogs play their home games at Doane Diamond at Memorial Field in Concord, N.H.
Oteri, who will also be entering his junior year at Holy Cross, was recently picked up by the Newport Gulls of the New England College Baseball League (NECBL). The 6-foot-3, 185 pound right-hander started seven games for the Crusaders last season and led the team in ERA (3.11) and opponent batting average (.236). He also finished the season second on the team in strikeouts (29) and complete games (2).
The Gulls play their home games at Cardines Field in Newport, R.I.
The New England College Baseball League, which fields 12 teams in a six-state span, plays an eight week, 41-game schedule. Since 1993, more than 300 NECBL players have either been drafted by professional clubs or signed as free agents. Nearly 100 former NECBL players were selected in the 2005 Major League Baseball draft.
Miller, who is working as both a starter and reliever for the Moondogs in the Northwoods League, has made four starts this season. Despite an 0-4 record thus far, Miller has recorded 19 strikeouts through 20.0 innings and is holding opponents to a .213 batting average, which is fifth best on the team. A Patriot League Picther of the Week (3/28) this past season for the Crusaders, Miller appeared in 10 games and made nine starts. He led Holy Cross in wins (4), complete games (4), strikeouts (46), innings pitched (51.0) and starts (9), while finishing second on the staff in ERA (3.88) and third in opponent batting average (.256).
The Northwoods League is comprised of teams of the top college players from across the nation and fields 12 teams throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Ontario, Canada. This year, 73 former or current Northwoods players were selected in the Major League draft.