Ciardiello & Perry Garner Second Team All-New England Honors

Nick Ciardiello

WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross junior outfielder Nick Ciardiello (Edison, N.J.) and senior third baseman Matt Perry (Sudbury, Mass.) have been selected second team All-New England, as announced by the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association. Both players will now take part in the 2010 New England All-Star Game, which will take place at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 6, at Fenway Park in Boston, Mass. Holy Cross head coach Greg DiCenzo will also skipper the University team at the All-Star game alongisde Bryant head coach Jamie Pinzino.

Perry earns the second team honor for the second consecutive season after posting a .409 batting average with 81 hits, 54 runs and 36 RBI. He was a unanimous choice for the first team All-Patriot League and registered a Holy Cross single-season record number of games played and started (52), at-bats (198), runs scored (54), hits (81) and total bases (116). He finishes his Holy Cross career with a .365 batting average, a .537 in slugging percentage, a .439 on-base percentage and 100 RBI.

Ciardiello, who was named to the second team All-Patriot League, completed his junior campaign with a .368 batting average with 68 hits, 39 runs scored and a Holy Cross single-season record 57 RBI. He doubled his career numbers this season, and now holds a .300 career batting average with 105 hits, including 16 home runs, 87 RBI and a .517 slugging percentage.

The Holy Cross baseball team concluded the 2010 season with an even 26-26 overall record after going 3-3 in the Patriot League Tournament and 10 wins and 10 losses in Patriot League regular season play. The team made its first-ever appearance in the Patriot League Baseball championship series and finished with the most wins since the 1978 season.

2010 NEIBA ALL-NEW ENGLAND DIVISION I BASEBALL TEAMS

DIVISION I FIRST TEAM
Joe Mercurio, Sr., Maine    C
Mike Nemeth, Jr., Connecticut    1B
Tucker Nathans, Jr., Fairfield    2B
Mike Olt, Jr., Connecticut    3B
Sean Allaire, Sr., Central Connecticut    SS
Pat Epps, Jr., Central Connecticut    OF
John Spatola, Sr., Boston College    OF
George Springer, So., Connecticut    OF
Kyle Borden, Jr., Rhode Island    DH
Matt Barnes, So., Connecticut    SP
Brent Almeida, Sr., Bryant    SP
Peter Kelich, Fr., Bryant    SP
Mark Andrews, Jr., Bryant    RP 

DIVISION I SECOND TEAM
Jeff Vigurs, Sr., Bryant    C
Jeff Heppner, Sr., Sacred Heart    C
Mickey Wiswall, Jr., Boston College    1B
Pierre LePage, Jr., Connecticut    2B
Matt Perry, Sr., Holy Cross    3B
Nick Ahmed, So., Connecticut    SS
Taylor Lewis, So., Maine    OF
Nick Ciardiello, Jr., Holy Cross    OF
Nick Campbell, Sr., Bryant    OF
Mike Drowne, Sr., Sacred Heart    OF
Mike DiBiase, So., Brown    DH
Elliot Glynn, Jr., Connecticut    SP
Dan Rossignol, Sr., Rhode Island    SP
Jared Balbach, Gr., Sacred Heart    SP
Cole Sulser, So., Dartmouth    RP