Patriot League Semifinal Recap for May 15th

LehighBaseballHere is your Patriot League Semifinal Recap for May 15th. Both series saw the teams split the doubleheader setting up a winner take all game 3 on Sunday.

Game 1: Bucknell 11 Army 9
Game 2: Army 6 Bucknell 4

WEST POINT, N.Y. - Clint Moore blasted a three-run home run and Kevin McKague followed with a solo shot to highlight a five-run rally in the eighth inning as top-seeded Army staved off elimination with a dramatic 6-4 victory over fourth-seeded Bucknell in game two of the Patriot League Tournament Semifinal Series, Saturday afternoon at gusty Doubleday Field. Bucknell outlasted the Black Knights 11-9 in the opener, forcing the regular season champion to the brink of elimination in the best-of-three semifinal series.

Army managed little off Bison starter Trey Frahler in the second game, mustering just one hit and one run through the first seven innings. The Black Knights had taken a 1-0 lead in the second inning when McKague walked, advanced to third on a double to the left-center field gap by Ben Koenigsfeld and scored on a groundout by Shaun Wixted. But Frahler stiffened from there, retiring the next 12 batters he faced and 16 of 18 entering the fateful eighth.

Army Recap
Bucknell Recap

Game 1: Holy Cross 2 Lehigh 1
Game 2: Lehigh 4 Holy Cross 1

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – After dropping a tough 2-1 decision to Holy Cross in the opener on Saturday, the Lehigh baseball team rallied for a 4-1 victory in game two of the 2010 Patriot League Tournament semifinal round, setting up a winner-take-all scenario on Sunday. Seniors Andrew Berger and Ken Longernecker gave the Mountain Hawks a pair of stellar pitching performances on the day as they combined to throw 16 innings and surrendered only two earned runs between them. Following Saturday’s action Lehigh sits at 23-26, while Holy Cross is now 24-24.

“Andrew has been outstanding for us all year and today was no different,” 2010 Patriot League Coach of the Year Sean Leary said afterwards. “He threw a complete game today and deserved a better fate, but Holy Cross’ pitcher went pitch-for-pitch with Andrew and was very impressive himself.” Leary continued, “I thought we did a nice job of bouncing back in game two. Kenny gave us seven strong innings and Cory (Kent) came in and sealed it for us. We knew coming in we had to win two this weekend and we got one out of the way today. Now we have another chance tomorrow to try and close this thing out.”

Lehigh Recap
Holy Cross Recap