Aug. 8, 2007
WORCESTER, Mass. - Holy Cross senior catcher Brendan Akashian (Lowell, Mass.) was named the New England Collegiate Baseball League Player of the Week for the week ending Aug. 1 for batting .389 with seven hits, two home runs, one double and seven RBI for the Lowell All-Americans as they won four out of five games and qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 2002. This was the second time this season that Akashian earned this honor.
Akashian finished the regular season with the third highest batting average in the league (.352), while was second in home runs (eight), second in slugging percentage (.579), first in on base percentage (.467), fourth in hits (51), second in total bases (84), sixth in RBI (27) and led the league in hit by pitches with 18 as he set a new league record.
Akashian, who earned co-team MVP and All-Patriot League first team honors in the 2007 season, will be a co-captain in 2008. He had a strong junior 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. Akashian set a school single-season record and led the nation in hit by a pitch per game average with a .66 as he was hit 23 times in 35 games. Earlier in the season he was named the Patriot League Player of the Week.