WORCESTER, Mass. - Senior outfielder Nick Ciardiello (Edison, N.J.), a member of the Holy Cross baseball team, has received the 2011 Hop Riopel Award. The award was presented at the 56th annual Holy Cross Varsity Club dinner, held at the Hogan Campus Center on Satruday, May 7.
The Riopel Award is presented each year to the most valuable player of the Crusader baseball team. This marks the second straight season Ciardiello has received the Riopel Award.
Ciardiello had a .345 batting average this season with 31 runs scored, 14 doubles, a team-high eight home runs and a team-best 43 runs batted in. He also finished the year with a .459 on-base percentage and a .583 slugging percentage. At the end of the regular season, Ciardiello ranked third in the Patriot League in doubles, fourth in batting average, fifth in home runs and fifth in runs batted in.
Over the course of his collegiate career, he batted .315 with 42 doubles, 24 home runs and 130 runs batted in. Ciardiello broke the Holy Cross career record for home runs, while placing second in career runs batted in and third in career doubles.