Here is your Patriot League Recap for February 22nd.
Ohio 10 Army 4
DAVIDSON, N.C. – Marc Krauss, Robert Maddox III and Hayden Johnston registered three hits and two runs scored apiece, while Brandon Besl and Bobby Martin drove in two runs each to lead Ohio University to a 10-4 victory over Army, Sunday morning at Wilson Field.
Kevin Mementowski tossed six shutout innings out of the Bobcat bullpen to garner the victory, allowing just four base hits while striking out one and not walking a batter. Bryce Butt notched his first save, firing three effective innings in relief for Ohio. He allowed one earned run on five hits, adding two strikeouts and no walks. Freshman right-hander Kyle Brueggermann (0-1) suffered the loss for the Black Knights, yielding four runs on six hits in four-plus innings. He recorded two strikeouts and one walk.
Army (1-2) jumped ahead with one run in the top of the first inning as leadoff hitter Andy Ernesto was hit by a pitch, advanced to second on a walk by Ben Koenigsfeld and moved to third on a walk by Clint Moore that loaded the bases. Mementowski relieved Bobcat starter Brent Choban after just three batters and promptly induced Kevin McKague to rap into a run-scoring double-play. Polchinski flied out to left field to end the threat as the Black Knights managed just one run from the bases-loaded, no-out opportunity.
Virginia 11 Bucknell 1
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Andrew Brouse’s (Kreamer, Pa./Midd-West) leadoff home run in the fourth inning accounted for the Bucknell baseball team’s lone run in an 11-1 loss to Virginia Sunday afternoon at Davenport Field. The Bison went 0-4 during their season-opening series against the Cavaliers this weekend.
Ben Allen (Port Royal, Pa./Juniata), who had two hits in both ends of a doubleheader on Saturday, extended his hitting streak to three games with a single in the eighth inning. Overall, Bucknell touched Virginia’s three pitchers for six hits, including Brouse’s home run. It was the first home run by a Bison this season and the fourth of Brouse’s career. Brouse also drove in Bucknell’s lone run in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader.
Davidson 12 Lafayette 5
DAVIDSON, N.C. – Lafayette was forced to use eight pitchers in an attempt to pull off a come-from-behind victory against Davidson but the Leopards fell on the losing side of a 12-5 decision. Lafayette did manage 10 hits off Wildcat pitchers but Davidson’s offense came up with 10 runs, including a five-run eighth inning, en route to the win.
Lafayette pitcher Jeremy Atkins started the game and surrendered four runs on four hits in four innings of work. Following Atkins’ departure, seven Leopard pitchers came on in relief but combined to give up eight runs.
Senior catcher Ian McCutcheon drove in a team-high three runs while Daniel Bierce and Matt Hall added two hits apiece for Lafayette (2-1). Bierce finished the three-games in Davidson with seven hits and four runs scored.
Southern Miss 12 Lehigh 2
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – The Golden Eagles made it three straight against the Mountain Hawks, pulling out a 12-2 victory in Pete Taylor Park to sweep the weekend series. Jordan Warncke got the loss in his first start of the season, pitching two innings and giving up seven runs as Lehigh dropped to 0-3 on the season.
Scott Copeland earned the win for the Golden Eagles, who move to 3-0 on the year. Copeland threw six innings, giving up two runs to the Brown and White and striking out four.
“I think we learned a lot about our team,” Lehigh head coach Sean Leary said. “There are some things we can take from these games to learn from by the time we play again. We played a great team out there this weekend.”
Navy 3 Pittsburgh 1 (8 innings)
MILLINGTON, Tenn. – Navy pitchers Zach Sipe (Fr./Huffman, Texas) and Chris Murray (Jr./Navarre, Fla.) combined to fire a two-hitter to lead the Midshipmen to a 3-1 victory over Pittsburgh on the USA Stadium side field on Sunday afternoon at the Service Academy Spring Classic. The Midshipmen improved to 1-1 on the year, while the Panthers dropped to 1-2 on the young season.
In his first-career start, Sipe allowed just one run on two hits – both in the second inning – over 5.2 innings with seven strikeouts. The Navy right-hander retired 11 of the final-13 batters he faced on the afternoon to earn the win. Murray came on in relief of Sipe and threw 2.1 perfect innings of relief and needed just 20 pitches to get the seven outs to pick up the save.