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Center Valley, Pa. – Army finished in first place in the Patriot League Baseball standings by four games in 2010, while Bucknell came through in the League Tournament to win its second crown in the past three seasons. Patriot League coaches and sports information directors predicted success for each team again in 2011 as the Black Knights edged out the Bison for first place in the League’s preseason poll, it was announced on Wednesday. Continue reading
South Carolina 9 The Citadel 4
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Blake Cooper struck out a career-high 12 batters, and South Carolina put together a late-inning rally to defeat cross-state rival The Citadel 9-4 in a winner’s bracket game of the NCAA Baseball Columbia Regional on Saturday. The Carolina Stadium crowd of 7,418 was treated to a spectacular pitchers’ duel through six innings before the Gamecocks exploded for seven runs over their final three at-bats.
Cooper (11-1) stymied the Bulldog hitters through 7.1 innings, hitting double-digits in strikeouts for the second time in his career and holding the Bulldogs to four runs, none of which were earned, on six hits while walking three. Citadel ace righthander Asher Wojciechowski (12-3) was equally impressive until late in the game, striking out 11 Gamecock hitters in 6.2 innings of work before giving up five runs in the seventh inning to be charged with the loss. Matt Price picked up his eighth save, tossing 1.1 innings of shutout ball to preserve the Carolina win.
Here is your Columbia Regional Recap for Day 1 of action.
South Carolina 9 Bucknell 5
COLUMBIA, S.C. – A five-run rally in the eighth inning, propelled by a pair of home runs from Jackie Bradley Jr. and Adrian Morales, helped South Carolina overcome a four-run deficit and defeat Bucknell 9-5 in Friday’s second game of the NCAA Columbia Regional. The Gamecocks scored eight runs in their final three at-bats to secure their 12th-consecutive home postseason victory before 6,712 fans at Carolina Stadium.
Approximately 2,000 tickets (500 bleacher, 1,500 standing room only) are available for Saturday’s winner’s bracket game between South Carolina and The Citadel, which begins at 7 p.m. The Carolina Stadium ticket office opens at 12:30 p.m. Saturday with an elimination game between Bucknell and Virginia Tech slated for a 2 p.m. first pitch.
The South Carolina Gamecocks will be hosting a regional this year which features number 2 seeded Virginia Tech, number 3 seeded The Citadel, and the Bucknell Bison are the fourth seed. The opening game of the regional is Virginia Tech facing off against The Citadel at 2pm while South Carolina and Bucknell face off at 7pm.
The Holy Cross Crusaders entered the final day of the Patriot League Championship Series with a 1-0 lead in the best of three series.
Game 2 of the series (first game on Saturday) saw Holy Cross send Matt Shapiro to the mound with a 4-3 record and a 5.33 ERA while Bucknell countered with Trey Frehler who was 4-6 with a 6.82 ERA.
Here is our Live Chat Recap from the Patriot League Championship Games 2 and 3. Continue reading
We are now 10 days away from Selection Monday. Here are some of my random thoughts as we enter the last day of conference action for many teams across the country.
The Holy Cross Crusaders took the first game of the Patriot League Championship Series over Bucknell in exhilarating fashion with a walk off double by Steve Tkowski as the Crusaders got an 8-7 victory.
The game remained scoreless until the third inning when the Crusaders would scratch across a run. Alex Maldonado would lead the inning off with a single through the left side. He would steal second base on the first pitch to Jack Laurendeau and move over to third on a fly out by Laurendeau to center field. After a John Sills walk, Maldonado would score on a Matt Perry single through the right side to put the Crusaders up 1-0. The Bison were able to get out of the inning without giving up any more damage.
Here is the Live Chat Recap for Game 1 of the Patriot League Tournament between Holy Cross and Bucknell. Continue reading
The Patriot League Championship will be held on Friday and Saturday in Worcester Massachusetts between the Holy Cross Crusaders and the Bucknell Bison. The Crusaders enter the weekend with a 25-24 overall record after taking the first and last games of their three game Patriot League Semifinal series against Lehigh. Bucknell enters with a 21-31 overall record after they took Game 1 and Game 3 of their Patriot League Semifinal against Army. The Crusaders and Bison last met for a four-game series held in Lewisburg, Pa. on April 10-11. Holy Cross took three out of the four games, outscoring Bucknell 32-12.