Critelli And Escobar Sign In Frontier League
WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross baseball Class of 2017 graduates Anthony Critelli and Jon Escobar have signed professional contracts in the Frontier League. Critelli signed with the Southern Illinois Miners (Marion, Ill.) while Escobar signed with the Traverse City Beach Bums (Traverse City, Mich.). The Frontier League is one of the oldest currently running independent leagues in the country, and is currently celebrating its 25th season.
Critelli finished the 2017 season leading the Crusaders with a .310 batting average and a .540 slugging percentage. He also led the team with 13 doubles and nine home runs while tallying 36 runs batted in and 32 runs scored. He was named first team All-Patriot League for the third-straight year, and was also named to the Patriot League All-Tournament team. Critelli finished his career with the most home runs (25), doubles (53), games started (193) and total bases (342) in program history. He was also named the winner of the 2017 Senior CLASS Award, the first Holy Cross student-athlete to win the honor.
Escobar made 12 appearances on the season, posting an ERA of 4.50. In 12.0 innings pitched he tallied 19 strikeouts while holding opposing batters to a collective average of .222. In his career, Escobar made 59 appearances on the mound for the Crusaders, posting an ERA of 5.02 while registering 80 strikeouts and notching six saves. His six career saves rank sixth all-time in program history.
Holy Cross went 24-29 on the season, and captured its first-ever Patriot League Championship to secure its first bid to the NCAA Tournament since 1978. The Crusaders also earned their first win in the NCAA Tournament since 1978 with a 7-4 victory over No. 25 Nebraska.