Patriot League Recap for March 28th

Matt Perry

Here is your Patriot League Recap for March 28th.

Game 1: Bucknell 2 Army 1
Game 2: Bucknell 18 Army 2

LEWISBURG, Pa. – Bucknell smashed five home runs and received a pair of strong pitching performances as it swept a baseball doubleheader from Army Saturday at Depew Field. The Bison won game one 2-1 behind a complete game five-hitter from Trey Frahler (Northfield, Ill./New Trier) and a two-run home run by Andrew Loucks (Mississauga, Ontario/Appleby College). In game two, Ben Yoder (Belleville, Pa./Indian Valley) hit two home runs and Chris Yamaguchi (Lincroft, N.J./Middletown South) limited the Black Knights to two runs on eight hits in eight innings to improve to 4-0 this season as Bucknell triumphed 18-2.

Bucknell (10-12, 2-0 Patriot League) has opened its Patriot League campaign 2-0 for the first time since 2007 and just the second time in the last five years. The 18 runs in game two marked the most for the Bison against Army since they defeated the Black Knights 19-1 in 2000. It was also the most runs for Bucknell opposite a Patriot League foe since they defeated Navy 18-7 in 2005.

Bucknell Recap
Army Recap

Game 1: Navy 5 Lafayette 4 (7 innings)
Game 2: Lafayette 2 Navy 1

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Navy second baseman Matthew Curley (Jr./Boston, Mass.) delivered a go-ahead, two-run double in the sixth inning of Saturday’s opener to help the Midshipmen to a baseball doubleheader split with Lafayette at Terwilliger Brothers Field at Max Bishop Stadium. The Mids rallied to win game one, 5-4, before the Leopards scored in the ninth to claim game two, 2-1.

Navy saw its mark go to 7-14-1 overall on the year and 1-1 in Patriot League play, while Lafayette went to 9-12 overall and 1-1 in league action.

“I thought we played two good baseball games for a complete 16 innings today,” stated Navy head coach Paul Kostacopoulos. “You have to tip your cap to Lafayette’s pitchers today. They were able to locate and kept us off balance for much of the afternoon.”

Navy Recap
Lafayette Recap

Game 1: Holy Cross 6 Lehigh 5 (7 innings)
Game 2: Holy Cross 7 Lehigh 6

WORCESTER, Mass. – Junior Matt Perry (Sudbury, Mass.) had one home run and one double for three RBI as the Holy Cross baseball team swept Lehigh in a Patriot League doubleheader by scores of 6-5 and 7-6 on Saturday afternoon at Fitton Field. With the wins, the Crusaders improve to 8-14 and 2-0 in the league while the Mountain Hawks fall to 5-21-1 overall and 0-2 in league play. Sophomore Brendan McCrea (Hicksville, N.Y.) went 3-for-6 with one home run and one double for two RBI.

Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the first inning, Holy Cross’ sophomore Eric Oxford (Danvers, Mass.) tied the game with a two-out solo home run. Sophomore Nick Ciardiello (Edison, N.J.) reach first on a walk and then scored on an error during an at bat by senior Jake Gorman (Norfolk, Mass.), taking a 2-1 lead. The Mountain Hawks scored two runs in the top of the second inning and one in the third to take a two-run lead, but a solo home run by Perry to left center field, made the score, 4-3. In the bottom of the sixth inning, Oxford hit a leadoff single to right field and then advanced to third on a double by Ciardiello. With two outs, senior Billy Cupelo (Franklin, Mass.) hit a single, scoring Ciaridello, giving the Crusaders a 5-4 lead. A sacrifice fly by Lehigh’s Andy Russell in the top of the seventh tied the game, 5-5, but freshman Chris Sintetos (Bethesda, Md.) hit a one-out single, driving in junior John Sills (Milton, Mass.), edging Holy Cross to a 6-5 win.

Holy Cross Recap
Lehigh Recap