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Patriot League Players of the Week

Patriot League Player of the Week (March 30-April 5)
Matt Perry, Holy Cross Jr., 3B, Sudbury, Mass.

Perry had an impressive week to lead Holy Cross to a 4-2 overall record and keep the Crusaders on top of the Patriot League standings with a split of a weekend series at Army. Perry was 12-for-24 (.500) with four home runs, 10 RBI and eight runs scored in Holy Cross’ contests. He also notched three doubles and four walks to finish with an on-base percentage of .571 for the week. Perry had an outstanding doubleheader as the Crusaders swept the Black Knights on Saturday. He was 3-for-4 with two home runs and four RBI in an 11-2 win in game one, and went 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and two runs in game two. Perry also played a big role in two one-run wins in non-League play, hitting a home run in a 6-5 victory over Massachusetts on Tuesday and going 3-for-5 with three RBI and three runs scored in a 12-11 triumph at Harvard on Wednesday. He notched the game-winning single in the ninth inning against the Crimson. Perry leads the Patriot League with six home runs and a .688 slugging percentage this year. Perry receives his first Player of the Week award.

Patriot League Pitcher of the Week (March 30-April 5)
Sam Long, Navy So., P, Newnan, Ga.

Long tossed the ninth no-hitter in Patriot League history, and just the seventh solo performance, by completing a seven-inning effort on Saturday at Lehigh. He allowed one run while striking out four batters and walking five in the first no-hitter for a Patriot League student-athlete since Holy Cross’ Scott Hampe no-hit Lehigh in 2007. It was the seventh no-hitter in a Patriot League game, and sixth solo no-hitter in League action. It was also the eighth no-hitter in Navy’s 114-year history, and the third for the Mids in a Patriot League game. It was Navy’s first no-hitter since Mitch Harris against Coppin State on May 10, 2006. Long improved to 3-0 on the season and leads the Patriot League in both earned run average (2.94) and strikeouts (47). He earns Patriot League Pitcher of the Week honors for the first time.

Patriot League Rookie of the Week (March 30-April 5)
JT Watkins, Army Fr., C, Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Watkins helped Army to a 3-2 week, including a doubleheader sweep of Holy Cross on Sunday, while serving as the starting catcher in each contest. He played a big role in each of Sunday’s victories, going 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBI in an 8-1 triumph in game one and 1-for-2 with a run in a 5-2 game two victory. Watkins hit .429 (6-for-14) for the week and did not commit an error while throwing out two of five base stealers. He receives his first Rookie of the Week nod.

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