We are heading into the last weekend of conference play for most teams across the country except for the West Coast schools who do not have postseason conference tournament. Here are ten series to watch this upcoming weekend.
FROM PATRIOT LEAGUE RELEASE
Center Valley, Pa. – Bucknell and Holy Cross grabbed the last two spots in the Patriot League Baseball Tournament, but they made the most of those positions by taking out the top two seeds in the finales of best-of-three semifinal series on Sunday. No. 4 Bucknell won at No. 1 Army, 11-7, while No. 3 Holy Cross shutout No. 2 Lehigh, 3-0, to complete series victories on the road.
The Bison and Crusaders will now meet in a three-game Patriot League Championship series played in Worcester. The game dates will be announced on Monday, but the series will shift from the original Saturday-Sunday schedule because of Bucknell’s commencement on Sunday morning.
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.
FROM PATRIOT LEAGUE RELEASE
Center Valley, Pa. – Top-seeded Army will go for its second consecutive championship with No. 2 Lehigh, No. 3 Holy Cross and No. 4 Bucknell all vying to dethrone the Black Knights in the Patriot League Baseball Tournament starting this weekend. No. 4 Bucknell is at No. 1 Army with No. 3 Holy Cross at No. 2 Lehigh in the semifinal series, with a doubleheader on Saturday and game three, if necessary, on Sunday.
For the third year in a row, the Patriot League Baseball Tournament includes four teams and will be played over two weekends. The top two seeds host the best-of-three semifinals, with the highest remaining seed at home for next week’s Championship series. Every game in the Tournament is nine innings long. The visiting team will have the last at-bat in game two of every series.
FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE
Center Valley, Pa. – The four teams that advanced to the Patriot League Baseball Tournament beginning this weekend also received the individual honors from the League’s coaches on Tuesday, as Bucknell, Army, Holy Cross and Lehigh each garnered one of the four major awards.
Bucknell senior outfielder Andrew Brouse earned Player of the Year honors, while Army senior pitcher Matt Fouch was named the League’s Pitcher of the Year. Holy Cross freshman catcher Stephen Wadsworth is the Patriot League Rookie of the Year, with Lehigh Head Coach Sean Leary as the Coach of the Year.
Here is your Patriot League Recap for April 11th.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Logan Lee, Joey Henshaw and Kevin McKague combined to limit Navy to two runs over nine innings and J.T. Watkins went 3-for-4 with one run scored and one run batted in as Army registered a 5-2 win Sunday afternoon at Max Bishop Stadium to earn a split of the teams’ Patriot League twinbill.
With the win, the Black Knights secured their seventh straight series victory over the Midshipmen. Navy won the first game on Sunday by the score of 4-2, riding a three-run second inning that was fueled by a trio of Army fielding errors.
Here is your Patriot League Recap for April 10th.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Matt Fouch and Steve Cummings turned strong pitching performances and Steve May collected four hits and six runs batted in, leading Army to a doubleheader sweep of arch-rival Navy, Saturday afternoon at Max Bishop Stadium. With the victories Army continued its recent domination of the Midshipmen, claiming their seventh consecutive series "star."
Army, which has defeated Navy in 12 of the teams’ last 13 games and 23 of 27 dating back to 2004, received a pair of stellar starting pitching performances from its two senior left-handers on Saturday.
WORCESTER, Mass. - Matt Fouch fired a six-hit shutout and Clint Moore blasted a two-run homer in the opener and Kevin McKague doubled twice and tossed two shutout innings to earn a save in the nightcap as Army swept a Patriot League doubleheader from Holy Cross, Sunday afternoon at Fitton Field.
The Black Knights blanked the Crusaders 6-0 behind Fouch’s strong pitching in the first game, then scored six runs in their first two plate appearances en route to a 10-4 victory in the second game. After dropping the first game of the series by a 19-1 margin on Saturday, Army rebounded with three consecutive wins to claim the weekend series. With the three wins, Army exits the opening weekend of Patriot League play holding down sole possession of first place in the conference standings, one game ahead of Bucknell, Navy, Lafayette and Lehigh, all of which went 2-2 during weekend play.
Here is your Patriot League Recap for April 3rd.
Game 1: Holy Cross 19 Army 1
Game 2: Army 9 Holy Cross 7
WORCESTER, Mass. - Kevin McKague collected two hits and worked out of a pair of late-inning jams on the mound to earn his fourth save of the season as Army registered a 9-7 victory over Holy Cross to earn a split of the teams’ Patriot League doubleheader, Saturday afternoon at Fitton Field. Holy Cross pounded the Black Knights 19-1 in the opener.
Clint Moore and McKague slapped RBI doubles against Holy Cross starter Matt Croglio in the bottom of the first inning of the second game, staking Army starter Kirk Porter to an early 2-0 lead. Holy Cross responded with two runs in the second inning and one in the third to forge ahead 3-2. A run-scoring double by David Darnell in the fourth leveled the score at 3-3.
FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE
Center Valley, Pa. – Defending Patriot League Baseball champion Army has been selected by coaches and sports information directors to claim the crown again in 2010, as the Black Knights were picked first in the League’s preseason poll announced on Wednesday.
Army garnered 46 points and eight first-place votes to take the spot in the poll. The Black Knights were followed by Bucknell, which had 39 points and the remaining four first-place votes. Holy Cross was picked third with 35 points, and followed in order by Navy (27), Lafayette (21) and Lehigh (12). Patriot League Baseball head coaches and sports information directors voted in the poll, and were not eligible to vote for their own teams.