May 21, 2013

Crusaders Conclude 2013 Baseball Season

Overall: 28-25, (15-5 Patriot); Last Week: 0-2
Scoreboard: Army 9, Holy Cross 4; Worcester, Mass., 5/19
Army 5, Holy Cross 4; Worcester, Mass., 5/19
Schedule: Season has concluded 

  • The Holy Cross baseball team was ousted from the Patriot League Tournament by Army in the championship series on Sunday, May 19. The third-seeded Black Knights defeated the top-seeded Crusaders 9-4 and 5-4 at Fitton Field. Holy Cross concludes its season with a 28-25 record overall after it claimed its first-ever Patriot League regular-season championship with a 15-5 record in conference games. The 15-5 mark in league play is the most wins over the 23-year history of the Patriot League as the previous best was 13-7 in 2012.
  • Army game one starting pitcher Chris Rowley was named Tournament MVP for his performance throughout the series. He tossed a complete game versus the Crusaders, allowing four earned runs, while throwing 148 pitches. Holy Cross fourth-year outfielder Patrick Puentes (East Greenbush, N.Y.), senior captain John Colella (Herndon, Va.) and sophomore pitcher Donny Murray (Walpole, Mass.) were named to the All-Tournament Team.
  • Holy Cross sophomore outfielder Evan Ocello (Camarillo, Calif.) led the Crusaders this season with a .338 batting average, 46 runs scored, 67 hits, 15 stolen bases and a .428 on-base percentage. Ocello played in all 53 games this season for Holy Cross and did not commit and error in 119 chances. He was named to the first team All-Patriot League.
  • Crusaders senior first baseman Jordan Enos (Stockton, Calif.) was named Patriot League Player of the Year as he ranked in the top three in many offensive categories for Holy Cross. He ranked first with 18 doubles and 37 RBIs, while he was third with a .332 batting average, 61 hits and 33 runs scored. Enos was also named first team All-Patriot League and Academic All-Patriot League as well as being voted Patriot League Scholar Athlete of the Year. He was a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award and made the CoSIDA Academic All-District team this season.
  • Murray was named second team All-Patriot League this season for his performance. The second-year player led all starting pitchers with a 7-3 record and a 4.33 ERA in 72.1 innings pitched. Murray made 14 appearances and 11 starts and led the team with 61 strikeouts on the year.
  • Colella earned Patriot League Pitcher of the Year laurels this season, becoming the first relief pitcher to be recognized for the award. He has appeared in a Patriot League and Holy Cross record 81 games and is the all-time saves leader in school and league history with 28 stops. This season, Colella held a 3.47 ERA and a 2-4 record to go along with a league-best eight saves. In Patriot League games this season, Colella posted a 0.86 ERA and 2-0 record, while holding opponents to a .192 batting average. He was also named first team All-Patriot League
  • Puentes led the Crusaders in many offensive categories, being named to the first team All-Patriot League this season. The senior batted .320 this year with a Patriot League-leading seven home runs and .521 slugging percentage. Puentes also scored 31 runs and drove in 34 RBIs, while stealing six bases. Puentes was named Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week on April 7, as he highlighted the week with a 5-for-5 performance, hitting for the cycle, while crushing two home runs to go along with four runs scored and six RBIs over Lafayette. He finishes his career ranked fifth on Holy Cross' all-time home runs list with 17.
  • Junior outfielder Brandon Cipolla (Abington, Mass.) ranked second on the team this season with a .333 batting average. Named second team All-Patriot League, Cipolla ranked second on Holy Cross with 37 runs, 62 hits and 15 doubles. He also ranked third on the Crusaders with 30 RBIs and fourth with seven stolen bases.
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