May 7, 2008
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Three Holy Cross student-athletes were named to the Patriot League Baseball All-League teams, as announced by officials today. Senior catcher Brendan Akashian (Lowell, Mass.) and sophomore pitcher Matt Shapiro (Raynham, Mass.) were named to the Patriot League All-League first team. Senior outfielder Gil Gomez (Lake Worth, Fla.) was named to the second team.
Named the All-League first team catcher for the second straight year, Akashian also earned Holy Cross MVP honors for the second year in a row, receiving the Hop Riopel Award. Starting 43 games at the catcher position, Akashian led the team in hitting with a .312 batting average, RBIs (30), and on-base percentage (.449). He was ranked third on the team in home runs with three and in runs scored with 28. Akashian also ranked 10th in the Patriot League RBIs and finished fourth in the league in on-base percentage.
Receiving league honors for the first time in his career, Shapiro led the Crusaders' success on the mound as he went 3-1 with a 1.78 ERA in five Patriot League starts. In his five starts, he recorded three complete games, including two shutouts. In 30 and one third innings pitched in league play, Shapiro struck out 21 while giving up just eight walks. He finished the regular season at 4-1 with a 3.80 ERA in 12 appearances, including six starts. He pitched 42 and two thirds innings, striking out 28 while walking 13.
Gomez also receives all-league honors for the first time in his career, as he 40 starts in right field. He finished the regular season tied for first on the team in home runs (five), second in slugging percentage (.514) and in runs batted in (28), and ranked third on the team in batting average (.310) and in doubles (13). In the league, Gomez finished ranked sixth in slugging percentage and tied for sixth in home runs.
The Crusaders return to action May 10-11 when they travel to Navy for the Patriot League tournament. A best-of-three series begins with a doubleheader on Saturday, May 10, while a third game is scheduled on Sunday, May 11, if necessary.