Patriot League Baseball Weekly Release (3.5.12)

PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG Army junior pitcher Chris Rowley
PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG
Army junior pitcher Chris Rowley
PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG

March 5, 2012

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CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — Bucknell senior outfielder Bob Donato and Army junior pitcher Chris Rowley continued their early season success, leading their respective teams to two wins last week.

Donato hit a walk-off homer to lift Bucknell over Niagara in their three-game series opener on Saturday, and he scored a run in the Bison’s 4-3 win on Sunday.

He was named the Patriot League Player of the Week for the second straight week and third time in his career after finishing the series with a .462 batting average (6-for-13) with three runs scored, a double and two walks.

Donato is batting .463 in nine games for the Bison this season. He has scored 12 runs and driven in 15. His four home runs this season have pushed his career total to 21.

Rowley has been just as good on the mound, limiting teams a .156 average in three starts this season. He won his second straight Patriot League Pitcher of the Week award after another great start for Army, pitching the Black Knights to a 9-2 win over UMBC on Saturday.

The junior right-hander struck out 10 over eight innings, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks. He retired the final 13 batters he faced. For the season, Rowley is 2-0 with a 1.37 ERA in 19⅔ innings of work.

His teammate, freshman infielder Harold Earls, was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Week, going 7-for-10 in three games. He drove in four runs and scored another four on his own. His week included a 4-for-4 performance in Rowley’s win on Saturday.

All six teams will be in action with non-League games as they prepare for the League season which will start on March 31.

Lehigh will continue its West Coast road trip during the week, while Army and Holy Cross will head south for games this week.

Army, Bucknell, Lafayette and Navy will all play home games this week, too.

Patriot League Notebook

McKague climbs RBI list
Army senior Kevin McKague continued to add to his career RBI total as the Black Knights won two out of three games against UMBC over the weekend. His RBI in the series opener pushed his career total 145, which ranks seventh all-time in the Patriot League. McKague is four away from moving into sixth place and 13 away from jumping into second place. Army’s Clint Moore owns the all-time RBI record with 185 runs driven in from 2008-11.

Price named Lowe’s Senior C.L.A.S.S. Award candidate
Army senior infielder Zach Price was one of 30 NCAA baseball student-athletes selected as candidates for the 2012 Lowe’s Senior C.L.A.S.S. Award. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence — community, classroom, character and competition.

An acronym for “Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School,” the Lowe’s Senior C.L.A.S.S. Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

Lowe’s, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, will announce the winner during the 2012 NCAA College World Series, which will be held June 15-26 in Omaha. The 30 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, Division I head coaches and fans who will select one finalist.

Kent closes the door for Lehigh
Lehigh senior Cory Kent continues to climb the Patriot League’s all-time career saves list, picking up his 19th and 20th career saves in the Mountain Hawks’ first two wins of the 2012 season.

Kent is currently in third place behind Army’s Milan Dinga, who had 27 saves from 2004 to 2007, and Army senior Kevin McKague, who has 22 saves in his first three years of pitching. McKague has yet to pitch in a game for the Black Knights this season.

Kent went two innings to collect his first save of the season on Feb. 24, closing the door on a 3-1 win over Davidson. He struck out five of the eight batters he faced, allowing just one walk. On March 25, he came in with the tying run at third base, and with two outs, he forced a flyout to left field to seal the 8-7 win over Fairleigh Dickinson.

Patriot League Baseball Weekly Awards

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

BOB DONATO, BUCKNELL Sr., OF, Williamsport, Pa.
Donato went 6-for-13 (.462) with a double, a home run, an RBI, two walks and three runs scored in the Bison’s three-game series against Niagara over the weekend. Bucknell won two of three with Donato hitting a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth in an 11-10 win on Saturday and he went 3-for-5 with a run scored in Sunday’s 4-3 win. He now has 21 career home runs and is two away from moving into the League’s top-10 career home run list. This is Donato’s second weekly award this season and third of his career.

PITCHER OF THE WEEK
CHRIS ROWLEY, ARMY
 Jr., RHP, Duluth, Ga.
Rowley struck out 10 batters over eight innings, while allowing two runs on five hits and two walks in Army’s 9-2 win over UMBC on Saturday, completing a doubleheader sweep. He retired 13 straight batters to end his outing. Rowley is now 2-0 on the season with a 1.37 ERA and 19 strikeouts in 19⅔ innings. This is his second straight Pitcher of the Week award and third career award.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
HAROLD EARLS, ARMY
 Fr., INF, Cumming, Ga.
Earls went 7-for-10 (.700) in three games against UMBC for the Black Knights, driving in four runs and scoring another four. He also had a walk and a stolen base. He helped Army win two of three games, including a 9-2 win on Saturday where Earls went 4-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored. 

HONORABLE MENTIONS
J.T. WATKINS, ARMY
 Sr., C, Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Watkins went 6-for-14 (.429) with a pair of doubles, four RBIs and three runs scored in three games against UMBC over the weekend. He went 3-for-5 with three runs scored in a 9-2 win on Saturday, and he drove in three runs in a 10-8 loss on Saturday.

DAN WEIGEL, BUCKNELL Jr., 2B, Cherry Hill, N.J.
Weigel pitched 8⅓ innings in a 4-3 win over Niagara Sunday, striking out three and walking none. He allowed three runs on eight hits while improving to 3-0 on the season.

MATT CROGLIO, HOLY CROSS Sr., P, Fayetteville, N.Y.
Croglio collected the win over North Carolina Central, allowing one run on five hits and two walks over seven innings of work Sunday. He struck out six in the Crusaders’ 7-1 win.

CHRIS SINTETOS, HOLY CROSS Sr., OF, Bethesda, Md.
Sintetos went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs in Holy Cross’ 7-1 win over North Carolina Central on Sunday. He did not play in the Crusaders’ second game of the day.