Here is your Patriot League Recap for April 26th. This weekend was the final weekend of Patriot League action as Bucknell clinched the number 1 seed for the Patriot League tournament while Army is the number 2 seed. Holy Cross is the third seed while Lafayette rounds out the field as the number 4 seed. The opening round of play begins on May 9th when Bucknell hosts Lafayette while Holy Cross heads to Army.
Game 1: Holy Cross 9 Navy 5
Game 2: Holy Cross 9 Navy 2
WORCESTER, Mass. – Senior Jake Gorman (Norfolk, Mass.) broke the Holy Cross record for career home runs, driving in his 21st home run as the Holy Cross baseball team swept Navy in a Patriot League doubleheader by scores of 9-5 and 9-2 on Sunday afternoon at Fitton Field. With the wins, the Crusaders improve to 20-23 and 11-7 in the league while the Midshipmen fall to 18-26-1 overall and 8-12 in league play. The Crusaders won the four-game series, 3-1. Gorman’s home run surpasses the former record held by Ben Power (’99) with 20. Junior Matt Perry (Sudbury, Mass.) broke the single season total hits record at Holy Cross with 69 hits, surpassing his father Ronnie Perry (’78) who recorded 66 hits.
With today’s win, it is the first time in school history that Holy Cross will go to back-to-back Patriot League tournaments. The win also marks the first back-to-back 20-win seasons since the 1922 and 1923 seasons.
Game 1: Army 12 Lafayette 7
Game 2: Army 12 Lafayette 10
EASTON, Pa. – J.P. Polchinski homered twice in the first game and once in the second game and Clint Moore added three-run blasts in both contests as Army clinched a share of its second straight regular season Patriot League championship by sweeping a doubleheader from Lafayette, Sunday afternoon at Kamine Stadium.
Army won the first game by the score of 12-7, then rallied for two runs with two outs in the top of the ninth inning of the second game to secure a 12-10 victory. By winning three of four games against Lafayette over the weekend, the Black Knights tied Bucknell atop the final regular-season standings with a 13-7 league mark. Army captured at least a share of its fourth regular season Patriot League title in six years and clinched its fifth Patriot League Tournament berth during that same span.
Moore, whose three-run home in the fourth inning of the seven-inning opener turned a 6-4 deficit into a 7-6 lead, went 4-for-7 with five runs scored and six runs batted in during the doubleheader. He tripled twice and smacked a three-run home run in the eighth inning of the second game that provided the Black Knights with what seemed to be a comfortable 10-5 lead at the time before Lafayette came storming back.
Bucknell 12 Lehigh 6
Bucknell 17 Lehigh 8
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The Bucknell baseball team swept a doubleheader from Lehigh Sunday afternoon and clinched a share of the Patriot League regular-season title and the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Patriot League Baseball Tournament in the process. The Bison totaled 29 runs, 32 hits and three home runs en route to 12-6 and 17-8 victories over the Mountain Hawks.
Bucknell (21-23, 13-7 Patriot League) finished the regular season tied atop the league standings with Army, which swept two games from Lafayette Sunday, but the Bison win the tiebreaker for the No. 1 seed by virtue of winning three of four games against the Black Knights during the regular season. It is Bucknell’s first Patriot League regular-season title since it tied with Lehigh in 2006 and it marks their most wins in Patriot League play since 2003.