May 8, 2007
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Holy Cross junior catcher Brendan Akashian (Lowell, Mass.), sophomore short stop Tyler Stampone (Meadowbrook, Pa.) and senior outfielder Norm Roth (Orange, Conn.) received Patriot League All-League honors as conference officials announced the 2007 Patriot League Baseball All-League Team today. Akashian and Stampone were named to the first team, while Roth earned a spot on the second team.
Akashian, who just earned co-team MVP honors as he received the Hop Riopel Award, had a strong season for the Crusaders as he led the team in hitting with a .330 batting average, while he led the Patriot League in on base percentage (.520) and was second in the league in slugging percentage (.566). He was also tied for the team lead in RBI (29), home runs (5) and triples (2), while he was second in runs scored. His five home runs and 12 base stealers thrown out also tied him for second in the conference. Akashian set a school single-season record and leads the nation for being hit by a pitch with 23. Earlier in the season he was named the Patriot League Player of the Week.
This is the second straight season that Stampone has received all-league accolades as he was named the 2006 Patriot League Rookie of the Year for the first time in school history and earned a spot on the second team last season. This season he ranked third on the team in hits, while he was fourth in total bases (49) and RBI (21).
Roth, who was a team co-captain, had a big senior season as he led the team in hits (41), runs scored (35) and total bases (62), while was tied for the lead in triples (2). He was also second on the team in doubles (8) and third in slugging percentage (.443), on base percentage (.361), RBI (22), home runs (3) and stolen bases (5).