Patriot League Semifinal Round Recap

Game 1: Bucknell 6 Lafayette 4
Game 2: Lafayette 20 Bucknell 9

LEWISBURG, Pa. – The Lafayette baseball team proved it’s a resilient bunch when the squad rebounded from a game one loss to Bucknell in the Patriot League semifinals to put up 20 runs in a 20-9 game two victory. The 20 runs scored in game two matched a Patriot League Tournament single-game record and were the most scored by a Leopard team in a postseason game.

The decisive game three will take place tomorrow afternoon with first pitch scheduled for noon. The winner will take on Sunday’s winner of the Army-Holy Cross series in the Patriot League Championship next weekend.

Every Lafayette starter scored at least one run and drove in at least one run in game two as the Leopards had 18 hits against the Bucknell pitchers. Matt Hall went 3-for-5 with three runs scored and Justin Shepherd drove in four runs.

Lafayette Recap
Bucknell Recap

Game 1: Army 5 Holy Cross 1
Game 2: Holy Cross 5 Army 3

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Army posted a 5-1 victory in the first game behind the strong pitching of Matt Fouch and Kevin McKague and Holy Cross battled back from a late two-run deficit to register a 5-3 win in the nightcap as the teams split the first two games of a Patriot League best-of-three semifinal series, Saturday afternoon at Doubleday Field.

The third-and-deciding game of the series will be played on Sunday at Doubleday Field, with the winner advancing to next weekend’s Patriot League Championship Series against either top-seeded Bucknell or fourth-seeded Lafayette. Those two teams also split the first two games of their best-of-three semifinal series on Saturday. Bucknell won the first game 6-4, before falling 20-9 in the second contest.

Fouch was in complete control for Army in first game, permitting just two baserunners to reach scoring position and only one to advance to third base across his dominant eight innings of work. Holy Cross spoiled the junior southpaw’s shutout bid with two outs in the eighth inning when Jack Laurendeau homered to left. It was the only time the Crusaders moved a runner past second base all game. Following the home run, Fouch retired Brendan McCrea to end the eighth. He would yield to McKague to begin the ninth.

Army Recap
Holy Cross Recap