May 10, 2006
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Holy Cross freshman third baseman Tyler Stampone (Meadowbrook, Pa.) became the first Crusader baseball player in program history to be named as the Patriot League Rookie of the Year, as conference officials announced the 2006 Patriot League major award winners and all-league teams today. Stampone, along with teammates Tucker Frawley (New Haven, Conn.) and Jake Gorman (Norfolk, Mass.), was also named to the 2006 All-Patriot League Second Team.
A two-time Patriot League Rookie of the Week, Stampone was also recently awarded the 2006 Ron Soucie Award as the Holy Cross baseball Rookie of the Year.
Stampone earned a starting role in the early going this season, and started 32 of the 35 games he played in. He posted a .285 batting average with a home run and 16 runs batted in. He also totaled five doubles and 16 runs scored, with a .348 on-base percentage.
Frawley concluded his illustrious career as the program's all-time hits leader (190 career hits), and all-time career at-bats leader (171 at-bats), while ranking second in program history for both hits and assists in a single season, third all-time for both RBI and total bases in a single season, and fourth all-time for doubles in a single season.
Frawley also received the team's 2006 Hop Riopel Award as the Most Valuable Player. Named team MVP in his sophomore, junior and senior seasons, Frawley joins Ronnie Perry, Jr. ('80) as the only players in Holy Cross baseball history to earn the honor three times.
A three-time All-Patriot League selection, Frawley was the only player on the 29-man roster to have started all 43 games this season. He led the team in batting average (.380 batting average), at-bats (171 at-bats), hits (65 hits), RBI (37 runs batted in), doubles (10 doubles), triples, walks (12 walks), total bases (79 total bases), and plate appearances (188).
Last season he finished the year ranked 17th nationally with a .409 batting average and was named to the NEIBA Division I First Team.
A former Patriot League Rookie of the Week (Apr. 25), Gorman finished the season tied for first on the team in both home runs and sacrifice flies, ranked second in slugging percentage (.484 percent), and fifth in batting average (.297 batting average).
The freshman shortstop started 17 of the 24 games he played in and totaled 19 hits and 15 runs batted in. Defensively, he recorded a .935 fielding percentage with 55 assists and 31 putouts.
Holy Cross finished the season with an overall record of 16-26-1 and a 5-15 mark in the Patriot League.