WORCESTER, Mass. - Former Holy Cross baseball player John Colella has signed a professional contract with the Southern Illinois Miners of the Frontier League. The pitcher signed his contract on July 2, 2013. He pitched his first inning on July 2 in a 7-2 victory over the Schaumburg Boomers, striking out three of three batters faced. To date Colella has pitched 8.2 innings with no earned runs and nine strikeouts. Colella picked up his first professional decision earning a win over the River City Rascals on July 12.
As a senior captain in 2013, Colella was named the Patriot League Pitcher of the Year, becoming the first ever relief pitcher to receive the award. He maintained a 3.47 ERA over 49.1 innings pitched. Colella graduated the single-season and career saves leader at Holy Cross with 11 and 28 respectively. He completed his Holy Cross career with a 3.66 ERA through 167.0 innings pitched. With his 25 appearances in 2013, Colella set the school record appearing in 87 games in his career. Colella was a two-time New England All-Star team member, two-time first team All-Patriot League member and a three-time selection for the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll. As a junior in 2012, Colella was awarded the team's Riopel Award as the team's Most Valuable Player. Also in 2012, Colella was rostered on the Cape Cod Baseball League's Falmouth Commodores and posted a 2.16 ERA.
Colella is the second Holy Cross player to sign a contract with the Miners as 2008 graduate Brendan Akashian played for them in the 2008 season. The Miners play 46 more games this season ending the regular season on Sept. 5.