WORCESTER, Mass. – For his offensive performance from April 1-7, Holy Cross baseball senior Patrick Puentes (East Greenbush, N.Y.) was named Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week as selected by the Collegiate Baseball newspaper. Puentes was also named Patriot League Player of the Week as he helped lead the Crusaders to a 4-2 record on the week and a 3-1 mark in the Patriot League twinbill versus Lafayette.
For the week, Puentes batted 10-for-22 (.455) with seven runs, two doubles, a triple, three home runs and 11 RBIs. His best performance came during the Sunday doubleheader at Lafayette. In the first contest, Puentes went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs. He followed that with his best performance in a Holy Cross uniform as he hit for the cycle in the second game and batted 5-for-5 with four runs, two homers and six RBIs.
During the 2012-2013 season, Puentes holds a .265 batting average with 26 hits, 18 runs, five doubles, six home runs and 21 RBIs. His home run total ranks first on the team and in the Patriot League, three ahead of the next closest player. His six homers this season ties him for 10th on the Holy Cross single season home run list, four away from equaling the record of 10 long balls.
This is the second career Patriot League Player of the Week Award for Puentes and his first this season. Puentes was also named College Sports Madness' Patriot League Player of the Week on April 9.
Holy Cross is in first place in the Patriot League with a 6-2 record after two weekends of games. The Crusaders are also 14-16 overall and have won 12 of their last 15 games. Holy Cross returns to action on Tuesday, April 9, when it travels to Central Connecticut to take on the Blue Devils at 3:00 p.m.