May 5, 2009

Three Baseball Players Named To All-Patriot League Teams

May 5, 2009

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Three Holy Cross baseball players were named to the All-Patriot League teams, as announced by officials today. Junior third baseman Matt Perry (Sudbury, Mass.) was named to the All-Patriot League first team while senior pitcher Dan Seip (North Carver, Mass.) and senior outfielder Billy Cupelo (Franklin, Mass.) were named to the second team.

Named to the first team for the first time in his career, Perry was also the recipient of the Holy Cross' 2009 Hop Riopel Award, given to the baseball team's most valuable player. Starting all 46 games at third base, Perry leads the league in hitting with a .439 batting average, hits (75) and on-base percentage (.505). He is also tied for first with 111 total bases. He is also ranked third in the league four slugging percentage (.649) and fifth in the league runs scored with 42. This season, he broke the single-season record for hits with 75, surpassing his father, Ronnie, who had 66 during the 1978 season. He also surpassed his father for total bases in a single season, concluding the regular season with 111. Perry's father finished the 1978 season with 99 total bases.

Making nine starts this season and earning two complete games, Seip (3-3) is ranked third on the team with a 5.10 ERA. With a career-high 54-2/3 innings pitched this season, Seip has led the team in innings pitched and struck out a team-high 37 batters. As the Crusaders' top pitcher this season, Seip was award the 2009 Ray Dobens Award, which is presented to the most improved player on the Crusader baseball team. This is Seip's first All-Patriot League team honor.

Named to the second team for the first time in his career, Cupelo has made 34 starts in 41 appearances and is currently ranked third on the team in batting average (.305). So far this season, Cupelo has scored 18 runs and has 16 RBI, three doubles, one triple and one home run. Cupelo also has 39 hits and has committed just three errors for a .956 fielding percentage.

The Crusaders return to action May 9-10 when they travel to Army for the Patriot League tournament semifinals for a best-of-three series with a doubleheader scheduled for Saturday, May 9, beginning at 12:00 p.m. If necessary, a third game is scheduled for Sunday, May 10, starting at 1:00 p.m.