Rinaldi, Masel Earn Preseason All-Patriot League Baseball Honors
Junior shortstop Chris Rinaldi and junior outfielder Austin Masel of the Holy Cross baseball team have been named to the 2019 Patriot League Baseball Preseason All-League Team, the conference announced on Wednesday, January 30.
Rinaldi was a First Team All-Patriot League selection in 2018 in addition to being selected for the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) All-Star Game. He appeared in all 44 games, recording a .320 batting average, 29 runs and 48 hits, including 10 doubles. He also recorded a .926 fielding percentage on the season.
Masel, also a First Team All-Patriot League selection in 2018, had a team-leading .322 average with 25 RBI a season ago. He appeared in 43 contests, recording 25 runs, 48 hits and four home runs.
Additionally, the Crusaders were projected to return to the postseason in 2019, receiving 27 points to place fourth in the preseason poll.
The preseason poll and individual awards were voted on by baseball coaches and sports information directors from each institution, with restrictions on voting for their own team and student-athletes.
The Crusaders' 2019 season gets underway with a four-game series at Baylor beginning on February 15.
2019 Patriot League Baseball Preseason Poll
- Army West Point, 44 points (8 first-place votes)
- Navy, 36 points (2 first-place votes)
- Bucknell, 34 points (2 first-place votes)
- Holy Cross, 27 points
- Lehigh, 25 points
- Lafayette, 14 points
2019 Patriot League Baseball Major Awards
Preseason Player of the Year: Zach Biggers, Navy, Jr., 2B
Preseason Pitcher of the Year: Noah Song, Navy, Sr., RHP
2019 Patriot League Baseball Preseason All-League Team*
- SP: Tyler Giovinco, Army West Point, Sr., LHP
- SP: Daniel Burggraf, Army West Point, Sr., RHP
- SP: Jeff Gottesmann, Bucknell, Sr., RHP
- SP: Noah Song, Navy, Sr., RHP
- RP: Cam Opp, Army West Point, Sr., RHP
- C: Evan Klugerman, Bucknell, Sr.
- 1B: John McKenna, Army West Point, Jr.
- 1B: Tyler Wincig, Bucknell, Jr.
- 2B: Zach Biggers, Navy, Jr.
- SS: Chris Rinaldi, Holy Cross, Jr.
- 3B: Anthony Giachin, Army West Point, So.
- OF: Jacob Hurtubise, Army West Point, Jr.
- OF: JohnPaul Bell, Bucknell, Jr.
- OF: Austin Masel, Holy Cross, Jr.
- DH: Liam Lowery, Navy, Sr.
*Four starting pitchers and two first basemen are included due to ties in the voting.