Sept. 28, 2005
Worcester, Mass. - Holy Cross athletic director Richard M. Regan, Jr. and head baseball coach Craig Najarian announced this week the schedule for the Crusaders' 2006 baseball season.
Holy Cross will start the year with eight Spring Break games in Bradenton, Fla., against teams that will be announced at a later date. The Crusaders will then travel to Albany, N.Y., for a match-up with the Great Danes on March 15.
Holy Cross will play its first-ever game at the newly renovated Fitton Field on March 16 against cross-town rival Assumption College. Fitton Field had a multi-million dollar face lift this past Spring, as it served as the home field of the Can-Am Independent League's Worcester Tornadoes. The facility, complete with lights, dugouts, locker rooms and a press box, has a capacity up to 3,000, and includes almost 2,000 chair back seats.
The Crusaders will then play three games against Central Connecticut State on March 18 (doubleheader in Worcester, Mass.) and March 19 (in New Britain, Conn.), before traveling to Boston to play Northeastern on March 21.
Home games against Bentley (March 24) and Wheaton (March 26) and then trips to Siena (March 28) and Boston College (March 29) will be the team's final tune-ups before Patriot League games begin in April.
Holy Cross has eight league games and 10 total games in a span of seven days when it plays doubleheaders against Navy in Annapolis, Md. (April 1-2), non-conference games versus Massachusetts (April 4) and Harvard (April 5) at home, and back-to-back doubleheaders at Lehigh (April 8-9).
The Crusaders are then home for eight straight games (Northeastern on April 11, Hartford on April 12, Army doubleheaders on April 15-16, Rhode Island on April 18 and Dartmouth on April 19), before traveling to Bucknell (April 22-23), Brown (April 25) and Maine (April 26).
Doubleheaders on April 29 and April 30 against Lafayette and then another showdown with Assumption on May 2 close out the regular season.
The Patriot League Tournament is slated for May 13-14 at sites to be determined.
The Crusaders finished the 2005 campaign with an overall record of 13-23 and a 5-11 mark in Patriot League play.
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