Holy Cross (6-11, 1-2 CCAC)
vs. St. Francis (Ill.) (11-10, 1-0 CCAC) Fri. March 22
vs. Ancilla College (3-6, 0-0 MCCAA) Sun. March 24 (dh)
Coveleski Stadium- South Bend, Ind.
@ St. Francis (Ill.) (11-10, 1-0 CCAC) Sat. March 23 (dh)
Silver Cross Field– Joliet, Ill.
This week in Holy Cross baseball: After losing Tuesday's doubleheader against Judson University due to bad weather, the Saints will return to the diamond on Friday, March 22nd in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) action against the University of St. Francis at the Cove. Following Friday's home contest, the Saints will resume their three-game series in Joliet, Ill. with the Fighting Saints. The weekend will close out with doubleheader action at the Cove as the Saints take on the Ancilla College Chargers.
Head Coach Brian Blondell: Brian Blondell, the 2nd head coach in Holy Cross College history, is in his first season at the helm of the Saints. Currently , the Saints are off to a 6-11 start under Blondell.
Series Note: The Saints have faced off against the University of Saints Francis six times since joining the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) in 2011. Currently the Saints are 0-6 against Saint Francis with the last meeting coming on April 7th.
Sunday's scheduled doubleheader will be the sixth and seventh time the two programs have met up. Ancilla has had impressive success in the young series over the Saints defeating them in four of the five meetings. The two programs last faced off in regular season action on April 23, 2010 where the Saints fell 8-7 in extra innings.
Projected Starters: Jordan Gard (2-0, 3.18 ERA) or Calib Wininger (0-1, 5.87 ERA) will start the series with Saint Francis on Friday at the Cove. Whomever doesn't start on Friday will open up game number one on Saturday. Gard currently leads the Saints in wins (2), strikeouts (13) and innings pitched (22.2). Wininger is coming off a solid start in his last outing where he pitched six innings while giving up three earned runs in the Saints 5-4 win over Trinity Christian College.
Looking Back: Holy Cross finished the 2012 season with a 11-34 overall record and a 6-21 record in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC). Despite minimal successes in the win column, the Saints closed out the 2012 season with four consecutive wins.