May 6, 2013

Not Your Average Joe

Enos shines on and off the diamond.

By Emily Correia
Special to GoHolyCross.com

You can easily identify Jordan Enos (Stockton, Calif.) at a baseball game by the way he approaches the batting box. He draws a line with his foot, steps out of the box slightly, practice swings, plants his right foot in the box, holds the bat vertical while he turns his head, stares at his bat taking a breath and then fully commits to the box.

A former teammate and close friend of Enos', Eric Oxford (Class of 2011), reflected that "in the two years in which I was his teammate, Jordan was the hardest working and most dedicated guy on the team. His extreme hard work has paid off this year, as he is having an incredible senior year on the diamond." Like Oxford said, Enos' stats show his success as he is second on the team and fourth in the Patriot League with his .339 batting average. This season, Enos has spent a significant amount of time ranked nationally in both doubles and doubles per game. Currently, his career-high 18 doubles tie him for 15th in the country and tie him for first in the Patriot League. His doubles also lead the team, and rank third all-time in Holy Cross history for a single season. He averages .40 doubles per game this season, which ranks him 27th in the country and leads the Patriot League.

In his career, Enos has played in 119 games while making 90 starts at either catcher or first base. Going into this year's post-season, he is part of the Class of 2013 which has earned 109 total victories, six of which have been in the post-season and two in championship series. He holds a career .328 batting average with 112 hits, 32 doubles and five home runs. Enos has crossed the plate 61 times, and brought in 59 runs for the Crusaders. His 32 career doubles rank ninth in Holy Cross history. Enos also has made 723 career putouts which are third in program history.

When asked to reflect on his career and his proudest moments in his jersey, Enos said that it was "being a part of the team last year [2012] that won the most games in Holy Cross Baseball history.  It was a special season overall, but we fell just short of our goal of winning a Patriot League championship, so we are really working hard toward that goal this season." Now going into the post-season Enos is one step closer to this goal as a member of the first team in school history to win a Patriot League regular season championship.

As a player, Enos is well decorated with honors and awards in his career. He is a three-time member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll, made the Academic All-Patriot League team in 2012, and is a two-year member of the Holy Cross Leadership Academy. In 2012, Enos was named to the All-Patriot League second team, Patriot League All-Tournament Team, and was named the Patriot League Player of the Week for the week of March 19, 2012. He received the Ray Dobens Award at the conclusion of the 2012 season for the Most Improved Player on the team. Coming into the 2013 season, Enos was named to the Inaugural Preseason All-Patriot League team, as well as the College Sport Madness' Patriot League Preseason All-Conference team. For the week of March 18, 2013, Enos was named the AT&T Crusader of the Week. He was also one of thirty baseball players in the nation to be nominated for the Senior CLASS Award, the first Holy Cross baseball player to become a candidate for this award. Enos was also selected to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-District Team.

When Enos dons his jersey, it is apparent how bright he shines. However, you may not know that Enos finds success off the baseball diamond as well. "What's even more impressive is that his hard work and dedication carries over from the field to every other aspect of his life," Oxford continued. "Jordan has compiled a long list of great accomplishments in his four year at the Cross, and that is a testament to his character. He gives nothing but 100% in everything he does, from the major events in his life, all the way down to the most trivial." If you look at the Dean's List the last three years, you'll find Enos' name. The math major holds a 3.65 GPA over his college career. He is a recipient of the Desmaris Scholarship, and is one of five student-athletes to be a 2012-2013 Dana Scholar. Enos has been a Resident Assistant on campus for three years, including his years as a Head RA in Clark Hall and a Student Resident Director in Figge Hall his junior and senior years respectively.

Enos is a Big Brother through the Big Brother/Big Sister program, and participates in many community charity events. In the fall of 2012, he was the campus-wide coordinator for the Holy Cross Thanksgiving Basket Program. He has also participated in Aptissimi: Leadership Conference, Benching for Breast Cancer, Light the Night Walk for Leukemia & Lymphoma, Relay for Life and Holy Cross Cares Day. Enos believes that "all of my involvement has prepared me for balancing all of life's responsibilities outside of college. It is rare in life that you only have one thing to focus on at a time, so having a key role in many of my groups has really prepared me for the future."

Whether he's in his Crusader jersey or the light blue RA polo, Enos makes a statement wherever he goes. His involvement and success span beyond the field and into every aspect of his life. He is nationally ranked in his stats in baseball, he is an integral part of the Figge Hall RA staff, he makes Dean's List every semester as a math major, and still finds time to involve himself in the community. Enos has a lot to be proud of in his life, but he still humbly states that "my proudest moment hasn't happened just yet, but my most proud moment will be receiving my diploma because I, as have all of us seniors, have put in many years of hard work to achieve this monumental life goal."

Enos is on his way to achieving this milestone and enters this post-season with hopes of also bringing home a championship ring to join his diploma. Oxford summarized it best, "Enos' constant loyalty and dedication to everything he does, and everyone that is in his life, is ultimately the reason why I'm proud to call him one of my best friends. I cannot wait to see him continue to grow and succeed after he leaves Holy Cross. He deserves nothing but the best."