May 7, 2009
WORCESTER, Mass. - Holy Cross sophomore designated hitter Nick Ciardiello (Edison, N.J.) and junior third baseman Matt Perry (Sudbury, Mass.) have been selected to the 2009 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District I first team, announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America. The team is comprised of players from Division I schools in the states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont. This is the first time that Ciardiello and Perry have received this honor in their careers.
A member of the 2008 Patriot League Academic Honor Roll, Ciardiello has made 34 starts in 39 appearances this season. Batting .243, he has totaled 25 hits, 22 runs batted in, 11 runs scored, six doubles, four home runs and one stolen base on the season. Totaling 43 bases, Ciardiello has a slugging percentage of .417 and with just one error on the season, he has a .800 fielding percentage. Academically, he has a 3.71 grade point average and is majoring in Mathematics.
Named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll in 2007, Perry has started in all 46 games this season and leads the team and the Patriot League in batting average (.439). He also leads the league in hits (75) and on-base percentage (.505). Tied for first in the league in total bases (111), Perry is also ranked third in the league for slugging percentage (.649) and fourth 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 by the league as he was named the 2009 Patriot League Player of the Year and earned All-Patriot League first team honors. He also was named the recipient of the 2009 Hop Riopel Award, given to the Holy Cross baseball team's most valuable player. In the classroom, Perry is maintaining a 3.38 grade point average with a major in Economics.
By earning Academic All-District Honors, Ciardiello and Perry will be on the ballot for Academic All-America Honors. The Academic All-America team will be announced on May 26.
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.