21 - Natalie Cruz
Natalie Cruz
Height: 5-5
Year: Senior
Hometown: Manalapan, N.J.
High School: Red Bank Catholic
Position: IF/P
Captain 2008: Started in 35 games...had 24 hits in 96 at bats with two home runs...walked 10 times...went 2-5 with one home run and three RBI against Colgate (May 1)...made 24 appearances on the mound, starting in 18 games...had 44 strikeouts in 92.1 innings pitched...shutout Mount St. Mary's in 5.0 innings pitched (March 15)...struck out a season-high nine against Hartford (April 15). 2007: Played and started in 44 games...second on the team with .244 batting average...had 29 hits...three doubles and one home run...had 10 RBI's...went 2-3 against Detroit (March 9), Providence (April 19) and Bucknell (April 29)...starting pitcher against Central Connecticut (April 3). 2006: Finished season fourth on the team with a .278 batting average...started all but two games...had four doubles, one triple, two home runs and 15 RBI...had .383 slugging percentage and .366 on base percentage...made first collegiate start against Robert Morris (March 5)...had first career hit against IUPUFW (March 5)...went 2-2 against Valapraiso (March 7)...went 2-4 with two RBI's against Army (April 1)...hit first career home run against Army (April 2)...went 2-5 on the mound...pitched 40.2 innings striking out 13 and allowing 53 hits...made first collegiate start on the mound against Maine (March 6)...recorded first career win against Lehigh (April 16). Before Holy Cross: Four-year member of the softball team and captain her senior year for Head Coach Lombardi at Red Bank Catholic H.S....as a pitcher and shortstop led the Red Bank Catholic "Casey's" to their first Parochial "A" State Championship in 2005...earned 2005 First Team All-New Jersey State Parochial, First Team All-Monmouth County, First Team All-Shore Conference and First Team All-Coaches/Division honors...selected to the 2005 Monmouth County All-Star Team...earned 2004 Second Team All-Monmouth County and First Team All-Coaches/Division accolades...named to the 2003 Third Team All-New Jersey State Parochial, Second Team All-Monmouth County, Second Team All-Shore Conference and First Team All Coaches/Division teams...four-year Honor Roll Student...placed Silver Medal and Magnum Cum Laude on the National Latin Exam. Personal: Daughter of John Cruz and Beth Ward...has one brother and two sisters...an Economics major.