May 7, 2005
Worcester, Mass. - Holy Cross head baseball coach Craig Najarian announced that junior Tucker Frawley, sophomore Jamie Aldrich and freshman Tim Thran were the 2005 team award winners, as voted by their teammates.
Frawley (New Haven, Conn.) was given the Riopel Award, as the team's Most Valuable Player, for the second consecutive season. The HC second baseman was one of just two players in the Patriot League to finish the season batting .400 or better. He led the team in both batting average (.409) and hits (45), while driving in 16 runs and scoring 17 runs. Frawley boasted a .509 slugging percentage and hit three doubles, two home runs and one triple this season. Defensively, Frawley had a .984 fielding percentage and recorded 68 assists and 56 putouts. The Riopel Award is named in memory of Albert D. "Hop" Riopel '24, who earned a total of 11 varsity letters in three different sports. Riopel also coached the baseball team from 1961-1966, posting an 82-43 record.
Aldrich (Stratford, Conn.) was named the Ray Dobens Award winner, as the team's Most Improved Player. After starting nine games and batting just .188 a year ago, Aldrich started 35 of the Crusaders' 36 games in left field this season and finished with the fourth highest batting average on the team. He contributed 34 hits, 12 RBI and 12 runs scored, including four doubles and a home run. Aldrich owned a .909 fielding percentage and was also a threat on the bases, successfully stealing nine times in 10 attempts. The award was donated by the Dobens family to memorialize the 1929 HC graduate who was signed by the Boston Red Sox.
Thran (Fall River, Mass.) was honored with the Ron Soucie Award, as the team's Rookie of the Year this season. Used mostly as a middle reliever, Thran made nine appearances and three starts, on his way to a 1-1 record. He allowed 22 runs (21 earned) on 30 hits through 24.0 innings of work. He also struck out 17 batters and walked six. Created by his former teammates, Rick DeAngelis '70 and Tom Kelly '67, this is just the third year the Ron Soucie Award has existed. Sophomore pitcher Mike Miller won the award last season, while Frawley was the first ever award recipient in 2003.
The Crusaders finished with a 13-23 overall record this year and had a 5-11 mark in Patriot League play.