May 10, 2011

Holy Cross Softball Set For Patriot League Tournament

Overall: 18-29; Last Week: 0-3
Scoreboard: Central Connecticut State 3, Holy Cross 2, Worcester, Mass., 5/3
Central Connecticut State 5, Holy Cross 0, Worcester, Mass., 5/3
Hartford 12, Holy Cross 7, West Hartford, Conn., 5/5
Schedule: Thursday, May 12, vs. Lehigh at Patriot League Tournament, Hamilton, N.Y., 2:00p.m.
Friday, May 13, vs. TBD at Patriot League Tournament, Hamilton, N.Y., TBD
Saturday, May 14, vs. TBD at Patriot League Tournament, Hamilton, N.Y., TBD

  • The Holy Cross softball team (18-29 overall, 10-10 Patriot League) kicks off postseason play at the 2011 Patriot League Tournament on Thursday, May 12. The Crusaders earned the No. 3 seed and will play No. 2 Lehigh (30-21 overall, 14-5 Patriot League) in the opening game of the tournament at 2:00 p.m. Regular-season champion, Colgate (25-19 overall, 16-3 Patriot League), earned the No. 1 seed and hosting responsibilities. The Raiders will play No. 4 Army (27-23 overall, 9-11 Patriot League) in the nightcap at 4:30 p.m.
  • Action continues on Friday, May 13 with Thursday's winners facing off at noon in game three of the tournament. The losing teams from Thursday's action will meet in game four at 2:30 p.m. with the winner moving on and the loser heading home. Thursday's action ends with the loser of game three playing the winner of game four in an elimination game.
  • Championship Saturday kicks off at 12:00 p.m. and a second game will be played at 2:30 p.m. if necessary. The tournament format is double elimination. For more information about the tournament, click here.
  • Holy Cross is back in the Patriot League Tournament for the first time since the 2003 season. From 1991-1997 and in 2000, the Patriot League held a full-field tournament. All other years the tournament included just the top four teams as determined by regular-season standings. 2011 marks the 14th time that the Crusaders have played in the tournament, including 13 straight appearances from 1991-2003. Holy Cross holds an overall tournament record of 18-25 and is 1-2 in the championship game.
  • In 1998 Holy Cross won the tournament to earn the title of Patriot League champion and move on to the NCAA play-in series against Harvard. The Crusaders fell by scores of 7-4 and 6-0, but finished the season ranked ninth in the region. Bob Neville was named Patriot League Coach of the Year and Genoa Grosch was named Co-Pitcher of the Year. 
  • Holy Cross went 1-3 on the road at Lehigh on April 30-May 1 in the final Patriot League series of the season. Saturday's action featured a pair of shutouts as the Mountain Hawks won game one, 3-0, and Holy Cross took game two, 1-0. Freshman pitcher Kali Haas (Longmont, Colo.) suffered the loss on the mound after allowing three runs on seven hits in six innings of work. Senior Caitlin Belanger (Fall River, Mass.) earned a one-hit shutout victory in seven innings of work in game two. In game one on Sunday, unearned runs resulted in a 5-4 loss by Holy Cross as the Crusaders committed four errors. The second game of the day was a shoot out, with Lehigh coming up on top, 8-5.
  • The Crusaders clinched a spot in the Patriot League Tournament with a win over Colgate in the final game of the four-game series. The Raiders took three of four from the Crusaders, but it was Holy Cross' win in the final game of the series that mattered. In action on April 24, Colgate swept Holy Cross with a 2-0 and 2-1 victory. The day's first game featured a pitcher's duel as Haas and Colgate's Rachel LeCoq battled it out on the mound. The game was scoreless until the top of the seventh inning when the Raiders scored two unearned runs to win the game. Holy Cross saw an early lead disappear in the day's second game as the Raiders scored twice in the third inning to earn a 2-1 victory. After falling, 8-4, in the third game of the series on April 25, Holy Cross' offense exploded for 10 runs in game four. Sophomore Sam Fregenti (Melville, N.Y.) hit three home runs and broke the Holy Cross single-season home run record to lead the Crusaders to a 10-7 win over the Raiders.
  • After opening league play with a four-game sweep of Lafayette on the road, Holy Cross returned home to Freshman Field to host Army for four on April 9-10. The Crusaders' first league loss of the season was a 10-inning affair against the Black Knights. Holy Cross took a quick 5-0 lead, but Army fought back to tie the game and take a 7-5 lead. Holy Cross tied the game in the bottom of the sixth, but it was Army's Haley Pypes that broke the stalemate in the 10th inning with a home run to left field. Holy Cross rebounded in game two, winning 4-3 on a clutch, two-out, hit by senior Tiffany Medwid (Imperial, Pa.). Sunday's games featured extra innings and a run-shortened game as the Crusaders split the doubleheader with the Black Knight. Senior Keeley Seniuk (Phoenix, Ariz.) homered to left field in the seventh inning of game one to tie the game 2-2 and break the Holy Cross all-time home run record. In the bottom of the 11th inning Pypes once again came up big, winning the game for Army with a home run to left-center field. Holy Cross' offense came to life in the day's second game as the Crusaders scored 13 runs on 15 hits to end the game in the sixth inning with a 13-4 victory.
  • In league play, Colgate swept Army and Bucknell, lost one game to Lehigh, Holy Cross and Lafayette…Lehigh swept Lafayette, went 3-1 vs. Bucknell, Army and Holy Cross, and lost two of three against Colgate…Army was swept by Colgate, split with Holy Cross, won three against Lafayette and Bucknell and dropped three on the road at Lehigh.
  • Holy Cross ranks second in the league with a team batting average of .272 as the Crusaders have scored 198 runs on 347 hits this season. The Crusaders' team ERA of 3.98 ranks fifth in the league, while their .962 fielding percentage ranks third. In league play, Holy Cross has a team batting average of .268, ranking fourth, a team ERA of 3.34 which ranks third and a team fielding percentage of .977 that ranks second.
  • Belanger ranks second in the league with a .382 batting average, third with a .466 on-base percentage, her 58 hits are tied for third, 24 walks are third and her 38 runs, 15 doubles and 18 stolen bases are all second most in the league. Belanger also ranks fifth with 83 total bases. Fregenti's .657 slugging percentage leads the league, while her .469 on-base percentage is second and her .358 batting average ranks fifth. She is tied for second with nine home runs. Seniuk's 37 runs scored rank third, while she is tied with Medwid for third with 17 stolen bases.  
  • In league play only, Seniuk ranks second with 27 hits. Belanger leads the league with 19 runs scored in league play, while Seniuk is tied for second with 18. Junior Gwen Reimer's (Pottsville, Pa.) eight doubles top the league and she ranks fourth with a .438 on-base percentage, while Belanger and senior Erin Fleming (Townsend, Mass.) are tied for first with two triples. Belanger also ranks second with seven stolen bases and is tied for the league-lead with 14 walks.
  • The 2011 squad has garnered multiple league and regional awards. Belanger was named Patriot League Player of the Week on March 7 after starting the season off four for seven at the dish with a team-leading .571 batting average. Freshman pitcher Julia Barrett (Gardner, Mass.) earned Pitcher of the Week honors on March 14 after pair of victories and a save during the Crusaders' spring trip to Florida. Reimer was named Player of the Week on April 4 and ECAC Division I Player of the Week on April 5 after leading the team in a four-game sweep over Patriot League opponent Lafayette. Seniuk earned Player of the Week honors on April 11 after hitting safely in all five of the Crusaders' games and posting a .500 batting average (10-for-20) with a home run, six RBI and seven runs scored. Seniuk's home run was her 16th of her career, breaking the Holy Cross all-time mark. Fregenti earned Player of the Week honors on April 26 after hitting three home runs in a single game against Colgate, breaking the Holy Cross single-season home run record in the process and again on May 9 after batting .833 in the final week of the regular season.
  • Holy Cross continues to rewrite the career record book. Fleming has recorded 535 at bats, second all time. While Seniuk is right behind her with 522 career at bats. Seniuk is just two runs scored away from tying the all-time record, as she has scored 95 career runs. Seniuk is tied for second all-time with 169 career hits and needs just 10 more to tie Mary Beth Ryan's record of 179. Thirty nine of Seniuks 169 hits have been doubles, ranking first on the Holy Cross career record list. Seniuk also owns the career home run record with 16, the RBI record with 90 and ranks second with 51 career stolen bases. Belanger tops the career stolen base record list with 55 and ranks second all-time with 52 walks. For an updated list of career and single-season records, click here.
  • Belanger, Seniuk and Medwid rank in the top 10 in the Patriot League career record book for stolen bases. Belanger is tied for fifth, while Seniuk ranks ninth and Medwid ranks 10th.
  • The 2011 season has seen its share of single-season records broken and Belanger tops the list in three categories. Belanger's 38 runs scored, 58 hits and 15 doubles are single-season bests at Holy Cross. Fregenti set a new single-season home run record (9) and is tied with Seniuk with 31 RBI. Seniuk's 153 at-bats this season ties the mark Fleming set last year.
  • Holy Cross head coach Brian Claypool is in his fourth year in Worcester and eighth overall as a head coach, and he's on the doorstep of a significant milestone. With the Crusaders' next victory, Claypool will have 100 for his career, 55 of which have been in the last four years.
  • Holy Cross' 18 wins marks the most since 1999 when the Crusaders finished with an overall record of 24-25. The Crusaders' win over Boston University was their first win over the Terriers since April 22, 1989 and Holy Cross' 10 Patriot League wins are the most since 2003 when it also finished with a league record of 10-10.