Six Players, DiCenzo to Represent Baseball at 2019 NEIBA All-Star Game
Seven members of the Holy Cross baseball program will take part in the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) Joe Walsh All-Star Game, set for 12 p.m. on Friday, May 31 at Dunkin’ Donuts Park in Hartford, Connecticut.
Head coach Greg DiCenzo will serve as one of the head coaches of the 35-man University All-Star squad, which features the top talent in Division I baseball in New England. He joins Rhode Island head coach Raphael Cerrato and Yale associate head coach and Holy Cross alum Tucker Frawley on the coaching staff.
Additionally, six players will represent Holy Cross at the All-Star Game, including shortstop Chris Rinaldi, who earns his second consecutive selection to the team. In 2019, Rinaldi posted a .241 average and .385 on-base percentage, including a .295 average and .417 OBP in Patriot League play. Liam Sullivan, who redshirted the 2019 season due to injury, will join Rinaldi and his brother, Dartmouth second baseman Sean Sullivan, in the infield.
Outfielder Austin Masel, an All-Patriot League second team honoree in 2019, was selected for the NEIBA All-Star Game for the first time in his collegiate career. He was the Crusaders’ best hitter in 2019, recording a .312 average and .454 slugging percentage with 13 doubles, five triples, two home runs and 31 RBI.
Right-handers Eric Lopes, Pat McGowan and C.J. McKennitt join the pitching staff for the All-Star Game. Lopes led the Crusaders with a 3.13 earned-run average over 23 relief appearances in 2019; he also had a team-best four saves. McGowan had a 5.94 ERA in 69.2 innings pitched with 57 strikeouts. McKennitt ranked second on the team with three saves in 2019 and also recorded 38 strikeouts, the most by a Holy Cross freshman since 2014.