Here is your Patriot League Recap for Feb. 27th
Army 17 USC-Upstate 10
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Kevin McKague went 4-for-6 with two doubles, two runs scored and three runs batted in and Clint Moore keyed an eight-run fifth with a three-run home run as Army raced past South Carolina-Upstate 17-10, Friday afternoon at Harley Park.
The Black Knights (2-2) fell behind early 3-1 before tying the score at 3-3 with two runs in the top of the third inning on an RBI single by McKague and a run-scoring double by Ben Koenigsfeld.
Both teams plated single runs in the fourth inning before Army erupted for eight runs on five hits to grab a 12-4 advantage in the top of the fifth. McKague began the uprising with a leadoff double to right-center field off South Carolina-Upstate reliever Barrett Stover. After a groundout by Koenigsfeld and a walk to Joey Henshaw, J.P. Polchinski followed with a run-scoring single through the left side of the infield. Kyle Fleming walked to load the bases before pinch-hitter David Darnell was hit by a pitch to force in the Black Knights’ second run of the inning. Zach Price drew a walk to force in another Army run, chasing Stover from the contest. Andy Ernesto then greeted Spartan reliever Dennis McCraney with a two-run single to right field, stretching the Black Knights’ lead to 9-4. Moore’s three-run home run to straightaway center provided Army with an insurmountable eight-run cushion.
Game 1: Virginia Tech 10 Bucknell 4
Game 2: Virginia Tech 2 Bucknell 1
BLACKSBURG, Va. – Outside of the final three innings of game one, the Bucknell baseball team played ACC foe Virginia Tech tough in a doubleheader Friday at English Field. However, the Bison were swept in the doubleheader by the Hokies by scores of 10-4 and 2-1. Ben Allen extended his hitting streak to five games and was 5-for-8 in the twinbill for Bucknell (0-6).
Virginia Tech (7-1) tallied eight runs in the seventh and eighth innings of game one to turn a tight 2-1 lead into a large 10-1 deficit for the Bison.
In game two, Bucknell starter Trey Frahler went 7.0 innings and yielded just six hits, two runs, one earned run while striking out six. Both of Virginia Tech’s runs came in the fourth inning when a leadoff walk by Anthony Sosnoskie was followed by a single from Steve Domecus. A failed pickoff attempt, one of two Bucknell errors in the contest, allowed Sosnoskie to come around and score. Domecus, who had the lone hit in the inning, later scored on a fielder’s choice.
Lafayette 9 James Madison 8 (12 innings)
HARRISONBURG, Va. – It took 12 innings, but the Lafayette baseball team came out on the winning end of a four-hour marathon to earn a hard-fought, 9-8 victory over James Madison. Shortstop Daniel Bierce continued his torrid hitting pace, leading both teams with four hits, bringing his season hit total to 11 in four games.
The Leopards (3-1) pushed across the eventual game-winning run in the 12th inning when Rob Froio, who led off with a walk, came around to score on a wild pitch with two outs. Reliever Corey Shea, who pitched the final three innings, retired the Dukes (3-4) in order, including a game-winning strike out, to earn his first victory of the season. He gave up only one hit while striking out four batters.
Lafayette out-hit James Madison, the defending Colonial Athletic Conference champion, 18-8. The Dukes committed four errors in the game, leading to four unearned runs. Bierce added a game-high three RBI to go along with his four hits and two runs scored.