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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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WEST POINT, N.Y. – Matt Fouch allowed just six hits and two unearned runs over eight solid innings in the opener and Ben Koenigsfeld permitted eight hits and one run over eight dominant frames in the second game as Army captured its third Patriot League championship in six years and fifth conference crown overall by sweeping Lafayette, Saturday afternoon at Doubleday Field. Continue reading Army wins Patriot League Title and NCAA bid
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Lafayette 10 Bucknell 2
LEWISBURG, Pa. – No one, not even Lafayette head coach Joe Kinney, expected Sunday’s starter, Ryan Hanna, to pitch seven innings after throwing three-plus innings on Saturday. Hanna defied expectations, however, and his seven innings of one-run ball helped advance the Leopards to the Patriot League Championship series with a 10-2 win over Bucknell. Lafayette will head to West Point next weekend to face No. 2 seed Army. Continue reading Patriot League Semifinal Round Recap
Game 1: Bucknell 6 Lafayette 4
Game 2: Lafayette 20 Bucknell 9
LEWISBURG, Pa. – The Lafayette baseball team proved it’s a resilient bunch when the squad rebounded from a game one loss to Bucknell in the Patriot League semifinals to put up 20 runs in a 20-9 game two victory. The 20 runs scored in game two matched a Patriot League Tournament single-game record and were the most scored by a Leopard team in a postseason game. Continue reading Patriot League Semifinal Round Recap