WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross senior first baseman Jordan Enos (Stockton, Calif.) was named Patriot League Player and Scholar-Athlete of the Year, as several Crusaders earned conference postseason awards. Senior captain John Colella (Herndon, Va.) was selected as Pitcher of the Year and head coach Greg DiCenzo was voted Coach of the Year.
Enos and Colella also join three Crusaders named to the first team All-Patriot League, senior Patrick Puentes (East Greenbush, N.Y.), junior captain Mike Ahmed (East Longmeadow, Mass.) and sophomore Evan Ocello (Camarillo, Calif.). Junior Brandon Cipolla (Abington, Mass.) and sophomore Donny Murray (Walpole, Mass.) earned second team All-Patriot League accolades, while senior Chris Kono (Greenwich, Conn.) and Enos were named to the Academic All-Patriot League team.
The Patriot League first and second team awards are voted on by the six head coaches of the conference, while the academic awards are chosen by the league's sports information directors. To be eligible for the Academic All-Patriot League team, a student-athlete must possess at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average and be a starter or key player in his/her sport. Holy Cross' seven all-league selections are the most by any school this season and tie for the most in program history, as the Crusaders also had seven in 2012.
DiCenzo was named Patriot League Coach of the Year for the second time in his career, also earning the award in 2008. This season, DiCenzo led the Crusaders to a 15-5 mark in the league and the first Patriot League regular-season title for Holy Cross since joining the conference in 1991. The 15 wins are also the most league wins in school history.
Enos earns Patriot League Player of the Year and Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the first time in his career. He ranks second on the team with a .339 batting average and 57 hits, while he leads the Crusaders with 18 doubles and 32 RBIs. Enos has also scored 32 runs, hit two home runs and stole four bases this season. He is tied for first in the Patriot League in doubles and ranks fourth in batting average and RBIs. It is his first appearance on the first team All-Patriot League, as he was named second team All-Patriot League in 2012. Academically, Enos holds the second highest GPA on the team at 3.65 and was also named to the Academic All-Patriot League team in 2012. This year, he was voted to the Capital One CoSIDA Academic District I first team and was a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award. He is a three-time member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll. To read a feature story about Enos, click here.
Colella was named Patriot League Pitcher of the Year for the first time in his career. He is the first relief pitcher in Patriot League history to win the award. The senior captain led the Crusaders this season with a 3.86 ERA and six saves. In Patriot League games, Colella was almost unhittable posting a 0.86 ERA with six saves and an opposing batting average of .192. In 42.0 innings pitched this season, Colella is 2-3 overall with 45 strikeouts. This is his second appearance on the first team All-Patriot League team, earning the accolade last season.
Puentes was named to the first team All-Patriot League for the second time in his four years at Holy Cross. The outfielder holds a .298 batting average with 27 runs scored, 29 RBIs and a conference-best seven home runs. In Patriot League games, Puentes batted .371 and ranked first with a .742 slugging percentage. This season, Puentes was named Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week, as he hit for the cycle versus Lafayette on April 7, 2013 going 5-for-5 with four runs scored, six RBIs and a pair of home runs.
Ahmed earns first team All-Patriot League honors for the second time in his career. The third baseman/pitcher batted .287 overall this season with 30 runs scored, four home runs and 12 stolen bases. He also went 3-4 on the mound with a 4.11 ERA and one save. In Patriot League games, Ahmed led the conference with nine stolen bases as he batted .304 with 13 runs scored. He also posted a 1.69 ERA in league games and a 2-1 record as a pitcher.
Ocello was named to the first team All-Patriot League for the first time in his career. The outfielder leads the conference with 44 runs scored, 64 hits and a .520 slugging percentage. He also holds the second highest batting average (.358) and on-base percentage (.450), while he is tied for second with 15 stolen bases on the season. He has 14 doubles and three triples to go along with a trio of home runs. Ocello holds a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage and has six outfield assists this season.
Cipolla earns second team All-Patriot League laurels for the second time in his three years at Holy Cross. The outfielder ranks third on the team with a .324 batting average and is second with 35 runs scored this season. He is also third on Holy Cross with 12 doubles and is tied for third with 27 RBIs. Cipolla also has a pair of home runs this season.
Murray was named to the second team All-Patriot League for the first time in his career. The pitcher ranked second on the team with a 4.77 ERA, while leading the squad with a 6-3 record and 49 strikeouts in 60.1 innings pitched. In Patriot League games, Murray was 4-1 with a 2.96 ERA. He hurled a complete game one-hitter versus Army on April 28, 2013 to clinch the Patriot League regular-season title for the Crusaders.
Kono was named to the Academic All-Patriot League team for the first time in his career. He holds the third highest cumulative GPA on the team at 3.33 and is a two time member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll. Kono is tied for seventh in the conference with four wins this season and has started eight games on the mound for Holy Cross. In Patriot League games, Kono is 2-0 with a 5.12 ERA in 19.1 innings pitched.
The No.1 seeded Crusaders will host No. 4 seeded Bucknell this Saturday and Sunday, May 11-12 in the Patriot League Tournament semifinals. The best-of-three series will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday with a doubleheader at Fitton Field. If necessary, the series will conclude on Sunday with one game slated for 1:00 p.m.
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2013 Patriot League Baseball Postseason Awards
Player of the Year: Jordan Enos, Holy Cross (Sr., 1B)
Pitcher of the Year: John Colella, Holy Cross (Sr., RP)
Rookie of the Year: Andrew Andreychik, Bucknell (Fr., SP)
Coach of the Year: Greg DiCenzo, Holy Cross
Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Jordan Enos, Holy Cross (Sr.)
First-Team All-Patriot League
SP: Stephen Moore, Navy (So.)
SP: Chris Rowley, Army (Sr.)
RP: John Colella, Holy Cross (Sr.)
C: Dave Milanes, Navy (Sr.)
1B: Jordan Enos, Holy Cross (Sr.)
2B: Kevin Casey, Lafayette (Sr.)
SS: Alex Jensen, Army (So.)
3B: Mike Ahmed, Holy Cross (Jr.)
OF: Greg Dupell, Navy (Sr.)
OF: Evan Ocello, Holy Cross (So.)
OF: Patrick Puentes, Holy Cross (Sr.)
DH: Corey Furman, Bucknell (Jr.)
Second-Team All-Patriot League*
SP: Donny Murray, Holy Cross (So.)
SP: Alex Robinett, Army (So.)
RP: Joel Rinehart, Navy (Sr.)
C: Joe Abeln, Lehigh (Jr.)
1B: Kash Manzelli, Navy (Jr.)
2B: Travis Clark, Bucknell (Sr.)
SS: John Elson, Lehigh (So.)
3B: Carter Bumgardner, Bucknell (Sr.)
OF: Brandon Cipolla, Holy Cross (Jr.)
OF: Jacob Page, Army (Fr.)
OF: Justin Pacchioli, Lehigh (So.)
OF: Andrew Ruck, Lafayette (Sr.)
OF: Casey Turner, Lehigh (Sr.)
DH: Mark McCants, Army (So.)
*14 players due to tie in voting
Baseball Academic All-Patriot League Team
Patrick Mescher, Army (Jr.)
Matt Busch, Bucknell (Sr.)
Dan Goldstein, Bucknell (Sr.)
Jack McLinden, Bucknell (Jr.)
Justin Meier, Bucknell (Jr.)
Dan Weigel, Bucknell (Jr.)
Jordan Enos, Holy Cross (Sr.)
Chris Kono, Holy Cross (Sr.)
Michael Massa, Lafayette (Sr.)
Andrew Ruck, Lafayette (Sr.)
Johnny Schoberl, Navy (Sr.)