The College Baseball Blog continues our series of interviews with coaches from around the country today with Holy Cross head coach Greg DiCenzo. He is entering his third season with the Crusaders bringing them to the Patriot League tournament and winning over 20 games in each of the past two seasons. The 20 victories in a season was the first time the Crusaders had reached that plateau in back to back seasons since 1922-1923. DiCenzo came over to Holy Cross after spending five seasons with Northeastern where he served as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator.
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WORCESTER, Mass. – The Holy Cross baseball team has released its 2010 schedule, announced by athletic director Richard M. Regan, Jr. and head coach Greg DiCenzo. The squad will play in 51 total games beginning in late February, starting on the road for 10 contests before hosting Quinnipiac at Fitton Field on March 20.
We continue the list today with number 88 in our countdown with Holy Cross senior third baseman Matt Perry. He is 6’2 and 190 pounds out of St. Sebastian’s High School and from Sudbury Massachusetts. He was a three sport athlete (Cross-Country, Basketball, and Baseball) in high school picking up letters in each sport from his sophomore through his senior campaigns. He was a two-time member of ISL All-League team.
Holy Cross head coach Greg DiCenzo has added Gabe Ribas and Jeff Kane to his staff for the 2009-2010 school year. Ribas comes over to Holy Cross from Northwestern where he served as an assistant coach last season. He has also served coaching stints with the IMG Baseball Academy, Bowdoin College, Frozen Ropes Baseball Academy, and Rock Solid Baseball. Ribas was a 14th round selection in 2002 by the San Diego Padres.
I recently came across this fantastic article from The Enterprise News which looks at Holy Cross LHP Matt Shapiro who was named the 2008 Patriot League Pitcher of the year. He had a very interesting 2008-2009 school year which featured him being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma after having a sore throat and doctors discovered a tumor in his chest. He would start treatments at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in November and they would last for six months through the college baseball season. This did not slow down Shapiro at all as he made 10 starts while having a 3-4 record with an ERA of 6.40. He ended up facing several challenges including being hospitalized on the team’s West Coast trip and getting his chemotherapy in his pitching arm which led to him struggling that week against Army. This article is a must read for anyone that is interested in a great sports story.
Here is your recap of the Cape Cod Baseball League for July 10th.
Bourne defeated Yarmouth-Dennis 7-5 behind Nick Schwaner (New Orleans) who went 2-5 including three RBI. He hit a three run homer in the third inning which tied up the game at the time. Box Score
Matt Perry (Holy Cross) hit a pinch hit two run triple in the bottom of the eighth inning to break a 4-4 tie and give the Chatham Anglers a victory over Brewster by a score of 6-4. Box Score Continue reading
Here is your Patriot League Semifinal Round Recap.
Lafayette 10 Bucknell 2
LEWISBURG, Pa. – No one, not even Lafayette head coach Joe Kinney, expected Sunday’s starter, Ryan Hanna, to pitch seven innings after throwing three-plus innings on Saturday. Hanna defied expectations, however, and his seven innings of one-run ball helped advance the Leopards to the Patriot League Championship series with a 10-2 win over Bucknell. Lafayette will head to West Point next weekend to face No. 2 seed Army. Continue reading
Game 1: Bucknell 6 Lafayette 4
Game 2: Lafayette 20 Bucknell 9
LEWISBURG, Pa. – The Lafayette baseball team proved it’s a resilient bunch when the squad rebounded from a game one loss to Bucknell in the Patriot League semifinals to put up 20 runs in a 20-9 game two victory. The 20 runs scored in game two matched a Patriot League Tournament single-game record and were the most scored by a Leopard team in a postseason game. Continue reading
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Center Valley, Pa. – The 2009 Patriot League Baseball Tournament opens up this weekend, with No. 4 seed Lafayette visiting No. 1 Bucknell and No. 3 Holy Cross going to No. 2 Army. Both series are best-of-three affairs, with a doubleheader set for Saturday and single game, if necessary, on Sunday. Both series will begin at Noon on Saturday, while game three would be set for Noon at Bucknell and 1 p.m. at Army on Sunday. The winners will meet in the Patriot League Championship series on May 16-17. Continue reading
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Center Valley, Pa. – The top three teams combined to take all four of the 2009 Patriot League Baseball Major Awards announced on Wednesday, with Army earning two honors and Holy Cross and Bucknell each claiming one award. Holy Cross junior third baseman Matt Perry takes Patriot League Player of the Year honors, while Army sophomore starting pitcher Ben Koenigsfeld was named Pitcher of the Year and freshman second baseman Zach Price claimed the Rookie of the Year award for the Black Knights. Bucknell’s Gene Depew was recognized as Patriot League Coach of the Year for the fourth time. The awards were voted on by the League’s six head coaches, who could not vote for their own team. Continue reading