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.
Game 1: Navy 4 Army 2
Game 2: Army 5 Navy 2
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.
Game 1: Army 8 Navy 6
Game 2: Army 11 Navy 3
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: Army 6 Holy Cross 0
Game 2: Army 10 Holy Cross 4
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.
Here is your ACC Recap for March 31st.
#2 Virginia 17 Towson 4
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The top-ranked Virginia baseball team parlayed a pair of huge innings into a 17-4 victory over Towson Wednesday in front of 2,042 fans at Davenport Field. Virginia racked up 16 hits, including seven of the extra-base variety, in the dominating victory.
Virginia’s Jarrett Parker (Jr., Stafford, Va.) went 3-for-4 with a grand slam and five RBI, while Steven Proscia (So., Suffern, N.Y.) snapped out of a recent slump with two triples and four RBI. Stephen Bruno (Fr., Audubon, N.J.) fell a home run shy of the cycle as he went 3-for-4 with four runs scored and two RBI. David Coleman (Jr., Richmond, Va.) also hit a home run for the Cavaliers.
The Navy Midshipmen are off to one of their best starts in the history of the program starting off with a 13-3 record heading into their series against Princeton this weekend. FIELD recently did a great article about the Midshipmen’s great start with some quotes from Coach Kostacopoulos and starting pitcher Sam Long.
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.
The Naval Academy baseball team recently adopted 13 year old Michael DeMaio. Michael and his family were introduced to the team during the fall where they attended some football games with the team. The team has also visited the DeMaios’ house, attended Michael’s concert and Nicole’s swim meet, and talked to Michael numerous times, especially after doctor’s appointments.
NavySports.com recently sat down with Navy baseball head coach Paul Kostacopoulos to discuss how the Fall Practice went for the Midshipmen. He discusses what he has seen during practice, how the injured players are coming back after a tough 2009 season, and how important fall baseball is to the academy’s baseball program. Coach Kostacopoulos in my opinion is one of the most underrated baseball coaches in the country as he has had success at Providence College, Maine, and is starting to get some success at Navy.