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.
The College Baseball Blog continues our tradition of naming National Player and Pitcher of the Week. This week we honor Canisius first baseman Brian Burton as our Player of the Week while Lehigh’s Greg Angelo and Fresno State’s Greg Gonzalez are out Co-Pitchers of the Week.
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.
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.
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.
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.
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The first month of the New Year is almost officially in the books and that could only mean one thing; the college baseball season is right around the corner. The Lehigh baseball team will officially kick off practice January 29 in preparation for its season opener on February 26. The Mountain Hawks return several players from last season and everyone is excited to get back to work.
“There is a long layover after the winter break until we start practicing,” senior Ken Longernecker said. “The first day of practice is always fun and as a whole I expect the intensity level to be very high. Everyone is really excited and I expect a real positive atmosphere.”
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Lehigh head baseball coach Sean Leary has announced the addition of Kyle Collina ’06 to the Mountain Hawks staff. Collina is entering his second stint as a member of the Lehigh coaching staff after serving as an assistant coach during the 2008 season. Collina, a former pitcher for the Brown and White, rejoins the staff after playing professional baseball in Italy last year. He will serve as an assistant, helping John Bisco with the pitching staff.
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Lehigh head coach Sean Leary announced the addition of 11 student-athletes to the Mountain Hawks baseball program on Tuesday. The list includes nine incoming freshmen and two transfers, from across the nation. The class of 2013 is comprised of Casey Atkins (The Woodlands, Tex.), Steven Ball (Blacksburg, Va.), Scott Hansen (Saddle Brook, N.J.), Alex Jacquez (Dunn Loring, Va.), Thomas O’Malley (Oakland, Calif.), Ryan Patrick (Avon Lake, Ohio), Cameron Phillips (Falls Church, Va.), Brandon Sady (Maple Glen, Pa.), and John Saleh (Wilmette, Ill.). “We expect this class to come in and contribute as freshmen,” Leary said. “There are both pitchers and position players that should immediately compete for time this upcoming spring.” Continue reading →