Perry & Popielarczyk Named UMass Spring Scholar-Athletes
May 4, 2012
AMHERST, Mass. - Seniors Riley Perry of the women's lacrosse team and Joe Popielarczyk of the baseball team have been named the UMass Spring Scholar-Athletes for 2012, it was announced recently. The pair was honored this past week at the UMass Sports Luncheon.
Perry, who holds a 3.66 grade-point average as a Sport Management major, has helped the Minutewomen to their fourth straight Atlantic 10 title and a No. 8 national ranking with a record of 18-1, 7-0 in conference play. Starting all 19 games, the defender has totaled 27 ground balls, 13 caused turnovers, 19 draw controls to go along with three points on two goals and one assist. She ranks second on the team in caused turnovers and ground balls and is a part of the No. 8 scoring defence in the nation, allowing just 8.53 goals per-game. The North Babylon, N.Y., native has been an Atlantic 10 Commissioners' Honor Roll member and is a member of UMass' Commonwealth Honors College.
Popielarczyk holds a 3.42 GPA and is majoring in Civil Engineering. Eight starts into his senior campaign, the right-handed pitcher ranks first in the Atlantic 10 and 12th in the nation with a 1.45 earned run average in 56.0 innings on the mound. He has helped the Minutemen to marks of 17-16 overall and 9-6 in A-10 play with a 4-0 record and has fanned 47 batters, while walking just 19. Allowing only five extra base hits, all doubles, Popielarczyk has limited opposing hitters to a .228 batting average. He was recently one of 51 players named to the watch list for national Pitcher of the Year by the College Baseball Hall of Fame.