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Cornell's Chris Cruz (MV 2012) Gears Up For 2013 Season

Chris Cruz in action last summer for the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs (Photo courtesy Jon Rathburn/LF Times)

From Cornell Insider
By Alex Gimenez


In 2012, the Big Red baseball team stormed on to the scene in the Ivy League, playing host to their first Ivy League Championship Series victory over Dartmouth and returning to the NCAA Regionals for the first time since 1977.

At the forefront of the team’s success was then sophomore right fielder Chris Cruz (Mohawk Valley 2012), who broke the Big Red single season record for home runs by crushing twelve big flies over the course of 49 games.  The biggest of these home runs came in walk-off fashion against the Dartmouth Big Green in the bottom of the 11th inning of the Ivy League Championship Series, putting Cruz in the Cornell history books forever.

As a sophomore last season, Cruz put together a spectacular year with 12 home runs 35 RBI and a .258/.351/.522 line.  He provided the offensive firepower that the team needed to make a run in 2012 and he became the talk of the Ivy League offensively.

But Cruz is far more than your average cleanup hitter.  He was second on the team in stolen bases, first in outfield assists, and made acrobatic defensive plays in right field highlighted by a diving catch that sent him hurtling head first into the wall down the right field line.  Furthermore, his quiet and humble mentality and lead by example approach make him a favorite among fans, coaches, and the players themselves.

 

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