Crusaders Set For Harvard
Overall: 12-15; Last Week: 3-2
Scoreboard: Bryant 5, Holy Cross 2, Worcester, Mass., 4/6
Army 8, Holy Cross 7 (10 innings), Worcester, Mass., 4/9
Holy Cross 4, Army 3, Worcester, Mass., 4/9
Army 3, Holy Cross 2 (11 innings), Worcester, Mass., 4/10
Holy Cross 13, Army 4 (6 innings), Worcester, Mass., 4/10
Schedule: Tuesday, April 12, vs. Harvard (DH), Cambridge, Mass., 3:00/5:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 16, vs. Bucknell (DH), Worcester, Mass., 12:00/2:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 17, vs. Bucknell (DH), Worcester, Mass., 12:00/2:00 p.m.
- The Holy Cross softball team (12-15 overall, 6-2 Patriot League) travels to Harvard (20-12 overall 6-2 Ivy League) on Tuesday, April 12 for a mid-week doubleheader before resuming Patriot League action on Saturday-Sunday, April 16-17 with a four-game series against Bucknell (8-26 overall, 1-7 Patriot League).
- The Crimson are coming off of a four-game Ivy League weekend series where they split doubleheaders with Princeton and Cornell. Harvard will play Boston College in a non-league game on Thursday, April 14 before hitting the road for a four-game Ivy League series against Brown.
- A year ago, the Crusaders suffered a pair of losses to the Crimson at Freshman Field. Holy Cross fell 9-6 and 6-3 in the doubleheader. The Crusaders hit three home runs in the two games against the Crimson.
- Bucknell will play a pair of games at St. Francis (Pa.) before making the trip to Worcester for a four-game weekend series. The Bison were swept by Colgate in last weekend's Patriot League series. The Raiders outscored the Bison 22-8 in the four-game sweep.
- In Saturday's doubleheader against Bucknell, Holy Cross will play in its first annual Pink Revolution Game. Prior to the start of the first game, Holy Cross Associate Athletic Director Ann Zelesky will throw out the first pitch. Audrey Kurlan Marcy (Co-founder of Pink Revolution), Jackie Peterson (Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students), Kathy Kiel (Professor of Economics) and Helen Freear-Papio (Director of the Foreign Language Assistants) will join her on the field. The Crusaders will be selling t-shirts, 50-50 raffle tickets and collecting pledges with all proceeds going to Pink Revolution, an alliance of dedicated individuals with a unified commitment to those touched by breast cancer in the central Massachusetts area.
- In the 2010 season, Holy Cross split its four-game series against the Bison, dropping two in Saturday's games and winning both games on Sunday. Senior Erin Fleming (Townsend, Mass.) led the Crusaders to victory with two critical lead off doubles.
- Bucknell went on to win the 2010 Patriot League Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Tournament where it faced No. 11 Cal. The Bison were selected first in this year's Patriot League Preseason Poll, but have earned just one league win in eight games this season.
- Colgate leads the Patriot League with a perfect 8-0 league record after two weekends of play. The Raiders have swept Army and Bucknell. Lehigh sits in second place with a 5-1 league record and will finish its rain-delayed series against Lafayette on April 13. Holy Cross is in third place with a 6-2 league record, while Army, Bucknell, and Lafayette round out the bottom of the league.
- Holy Cross' offense prowess over the weekend moved its team batting average up to a league-best .295. The Crusaders also lead the league in on-base percentage (.392) and slugging percentage (.441). In league play, the Crusaders have a league-leading .333 batting average and a league-best .993 fielding percentage.
- Senior Caitlin Belanger (Fall River, Mass.) continues to lead the league with a .442 batting average. Senior Keeley Seniuk (Phoenix, Ariz.) has moved into second with a .409 batting average. Belanger leads the league in runs scored (26) and is tied for first with 42 hits.
- Seniuk and junior Gwen Reimer (Pottsville, Pa.) lead the league with a .500 batting average in league play. Seniuk has 17 hits in 34 at bats, while Reimer has 15 hits in 30 at bats.
- Seniuk earned Patriot League player of the week honors after hitting safely in all five of the Crusaders' games last week, posting a .500 batting average (10-for-20) with a home run, six RBI and seven runs scored. Seniuk is riding an 11-game hitting streak entering the week, with multiple knocks in eight of those contests.
- Belanger has extended her on base streak to 23 games. The senior infielder has reached base safely in 26 of 27 games this season.