May 6, 2009
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Junior third baseman Matt Perry (Sudbury, Mass.) was named the 2009 Patriot League Baseball Player of the Year. All the major awards are voted upon by the league's coaches and were announced this morning. Earlier in the week, Perry was named to the All-Patriot League first team for the first time in his career. This is Perry's first career major award. Perry is the third player at Holy Cross to be recognized with this honor in school history, joining Jim Sweeney ('99) and Peter Summa ('01).
Starting in all 46 games this year, Perry leads the league with a .439 batting average, hits (75) and on-base percentage (.505). He is also tied in the Patriot League for total bases with 111. Perry is also ranked third in the league for slugging percentage (.649) and fifth in the league for runs scored with 42. This season, Perry broke the school record for hits in a single season with 75, surpassing his father, Ronnie Perry, 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. Perry's efforts this season were acknowledged by Holy Cross as he was the named the recipient of the 2009 Hop Riopel Award, given to the baseball team's most valuable player.
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.