Baseball Concludes 2009 Season
May 12, 2009
Overall Record: 22-27 (11-7 PL); Last Week: 1-2
Scoreboard: Army 5, Holy Cross 1, West Point, N.Y., 5/9
Holy Cross 5, Army 3, West Point, N.Y., 5/9
Army 11, Holy Cross 0, West Point, N.Y., 5/10
Schedule: 2009 season concluded.
- The Holy Cross baseball team concluded the 2009 season by falling to Army in a best-of-three series in the Patriot League Tournament semifinals at West Point, N.Y., on May 9-10. On Saturday, the Crusaders dropped a 5-1 decision in the first game and then picked up a 5-3 win in the second game. On Sunday, the Black Knights won the third game, 11-0, advancing to the Patriot League Championship. Army will host Lafayette on May 16-17 for a best-of-three series in the championship series.
- In the first game on Saturday, sophomore outfielder Jack Laurendeau (Sudbury, Mass.) scored the lone Holy Cross run on his first home run of the season. In the second game, senior second baseman Jake Gorman (Norfolk, Mass.) went 2-for-4 with one double and drove in one run. Junior pitcher Bobby Holmes (Dedham, Mass.) picked up the win pitching three hitless innings of relief while striking out two batters. Laurendeau led the Crusaders in the three-game series against Army with one home run, two runs scored and two RBI.
- On Wednesday, May 6, junior third baseman Matt Perry (Sudbury, Mass.) was named the 2009 Patriot League Player of the Year. Perry is the third player at Holy Cross to receive this honor, joining Jim Sweeney (1999) and Peter Summa (2001). Perry was also named to the All-Patriot League first team. Starting in all 49 games this year, Perry finished the season ranked first in the league in hits with 77. He also ranked second in the conference with a .423 batting average and a .491 on base percentage, and was third in total bases (114) and slugging percentage (.626). This season, Perry broke the school record for hits in a single season with 77, surpassing his father, Ronnie Perry, who had 66 hits during the 1978 season. He also surpassed his father for total bases in a single season, concluding the 2009 season with 114. His father finished the 1978 season with 99 total bases.
- Senior outfielder Billy Cupelo (Franklin, Mass.) was named to the All-Patriot League second team, receiving the honor for the first time in his career. Making 37 starts in 44 appearances this year, Cupelo finished ranked fourth on the team in batting average (.292). During the season, Cupelo scored 19 runs and totaled 17 RBI, three doubles, one triple and one home run. Cupelo also had 40 hits and committed just three errors for a .959 fielding percentage.
- Senior pitcher Dan Seip (North Carver, Mass.) was named to the All-Patriot League second team for the first time in his career. Making 10 starts and tossing two complete games, Seip finished the season ranked third on the team with a 5.37 ERA. With a career-high 60-1/3 innings pitched this year, he led the team in innings pitched and ranked third on the team in strikeouts with 37. Seip finished his career ranked second in Holy Cross school history in career games started with 34.
- Sophomore designated hitter Nick Ciardiello (Edison, N.J.) and Perry were selected to the 2009 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District I first team. A member of the 2008 Patriot League Academic Honor Roll, Ciardiello made 35 starts in 40 appearances this season. Batting .248, he totaled 26 hits, 22 runs batted in, 11 runs scored, six doubles, four home runs and one stolen base on the season. Totaling 44 bases, Ciardiello has a slugging percentage of .419. Academically, he has a 3.71 grade point average and is majoring in mathematics. Perry was named to the 2007 Patriot League Academic Honor Roll and 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.
- Holy Cross finished the 2009 season with an overall record of 22-27 and an 11-7 record in Patriot League play. This season marked the first time in school history that the Crusaders played in back-to-back Patriot League tournaments. It also marked the first back-to-back 20-win seasons since the 1922 and 1923 seasons and the most wins in a season since 1978 in which Holy Cross had a 27 victories.