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Sports Digest

Baseball season in review

Despite some bumps in the road this season, first-year head coach Fran O’Brien is optimistic about the future. Holy Cross posted an 11-28 record in the 2002 season, including impressive wins against Bucknell, Duquesne, Harvard, the 2001 Patriot League Champion, and Navy, the 2002 Patriot League champion.

The Crusaders started the season with three pitchers out for the season with elbow and shoulder problems—each of whom had started 40 percent of the games in 2001. However, the team injuries allowed first-year players opportunities that they otherwise would not have had. Jason C. Lynch ’05 (Arlington, Va.) stepped into the rotation and pitched in 10 games. His contributions included five starts against non-conference opponents. Lynch finished the season tied for first in ERA (2.81) and third in both innings pitched (41.2) and strikeouts (22). He posted a 4-2 record (best winning percentage on the team) and held the opposition to a .236 batting average.

Drew R. Bigda ’05 (Stamford, Conn.) and James L. DeLucia ’04 (Hartsdale, N.Y.) also took advantage of the opportunity for more playing time. The two pitched in 17 games combined with five starts.

As expected, Michael B. Montano ’02 (Moodus, Conn.) and Daniel J. (D.J.) Lucey ’03 (Shrewsbury, Mass.) were also impressive. Montano posted a 2.81 ERA with four complete games. He finished second in both innings pitched (51.1) and strikeouts (25). Lucey, who broke a Holy Cross record with most relief appearances (19) in 2001, moved into the starting rotation this year making seven starts. He led the team in innings pitched (54.1) and strikeouts (35), while posting a 4-4 record with a 3.98 ERA and three complete games.

Second baseman Peter D. Summa ’02 (Florham Park, N.J.) led the team in almost every hitting category for the second straight year. He finished the season with the team best .333 batting average, 41 hits, 24 runs, four homeruns, 19 RBI, 14 walks and .504 slugging percentage.

Other key players included Matthew J. McEvoy ’03 (Belmont, Mass.), Dale M. Johnson ’03 (Beecher, Ill.) and Michael C. Schell ’05 (Newton, Pa.). McEvoy has started every game in the outfield for the past three seasons and has yet to make an error in the field. He led the team with eight doubles and now holds the Holy Cross career doubles record at 38. Johnson started all 39 games behind the plate and batted .273. He was named First Team All-Patriot League after making 36 hits in 133 plate appearances and driving in 12 runs while scoring 11. Johnson, who led the team with a .333 batting average against the Patriot League opponents, was the only player to make a repeat appearance on the first-team squad this season. Schell started every game at shortstop as a rookie and finished second on the team with 18 RBI. The leadoff hitter batted .255 on 36 hits and led the team with 141 at bats. He also scored 16 runs.

Holy Cross will lose just one starter from the field and three from the pitching rotation. With almost the entire team returning, the Crusaders have a promising 2003 season in their future.

 

 

Peter D. Summa '02

Peter D. Summa '02

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