Baseball Enters 2010 with High Hopes
Baseball - Mon, Mar. 8, 2010
(Notre Dame, IN) The Holy Cross men's baseball team is ready to begin their 2010 season. Adding thirteen new players including; Nate Bilinski, Tim Loulan, and Zac Cook the Saints are poised to have a successful season.
Led by Head Coach, Tom Sutula and his three assistant coaches, John Kovach, Jim Smith, and Jim Kelly, the team is looking to improve upon their overall record from last season of 7-12. In their inaugural year, the Saints put together quality wins over Indiana University Northwest and Glen Oaks Community College. The Saints also swept the season series against Roosevelt University outscoring the Lakers 51-3.
Returning to the Saints is junior outfielder Michael McMahon (South Bend, Ind.) who, last season, led the team in runs (23) and hits (27) with two triples and two home runs. Also, returning to the Saints lineup is sophomore infielder Ben McDonald (South Bend, Ind.) who batted in 15 RBI's, the highest among the team.
Pat Huyge (Grand Haven, Mich.), Kevin Gray (South Bend, Ind.), and Ryan Sullivan (Schaumberg, Ill.) return to the Saints pitching staff. Huyge led the Saints rotation with a 2-0 record and an ERA of 1.21 in 17 1/3innings.
The Saints open 2010 travelling to Williamsburg, Kentucky for the second consecutive year. They will take on the University of the Cumberlands with double headers on both Monday, March 8th, and Wednesday, March 10th. The Saints will then return home to play Grace College on Friday March 12th, in Winona Lake, Ind.
After playing 5 games in less than a week, the Saints get a week to relax. Holy Cross will host their home opener against Concordia University (Mich.) on March 19th. Game one will take place at 2 pm and the second game will be shortly after the first one ends.
On Saturday March 27th, the Saints will host their first annual "Striking Out Breast Cancer" fundraiser during their matchup against the Siena Heights Saints at Thomas Memorial Stadium. The Saints will be taking donations to support research for breast cancer. The team will also be taking pledges from fans. For every opponent that the Saints strike out a pledge of X amount of dollar(s) will go to help finding a cure for Breast Cancer. Check back with www.hcsaints.com for details on how to pledge.
They will host their last home games on May 2nd, against Indiana Tech at 1 pm. The Saints then travel on Thursday, May 6th, and Friday, May 7th, to Robert Morris University and Kalamazoo College to wrap up the 2010 campaign.
The Saints have adopted Thomas Memorial Stadium as their home field. The stadium is located in Niles, Mich.; just off of US 31 past highway 12. The drive is about 15 minutes from campus. Excited for the upcoming season, the team has been preparing themselves for what is ahead of them. Holy Cross continues to lay the groundwork for the 2011 season when they enter the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). The Saints will compete in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC).