March 18, 2014
Patriot League Baseball Release - 3.18.14
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Patriot League baseball action begins for all teams next weekend as the first set of four-game series gets going on March 29, leaving few games left for the six squads to get ready before the games count in the standings.
Patriot League Notebook
THE TOP FIVE @PATRIOTLEAGUE NOTES
*Navy continues an 18-game homestand with five more contests this week, then wraps it up next Wednesday.
*The Mids are the only Patriot League team that has played at home this year.
*The other five teams have home games scheduled in the next week, including four this weekend.
*Patriot League play begins with the first set of four-game series on March 29-30.
*Navy's Anthony Parenti has won all five of his starts this season, and is tied for second in the nation in victories.
Navy Enjoying Home-Field Advantage While Others Wait Their Turn
Navy is in the midst of an 18-game homestand, with the Mids going 7-5 so far in the stretch which will feature six more games before Patriot League play begins on the road at Bucknell next weekend. For the rest of the Patriot League, the wintry weather has kept the tarps on the home field to date. Army, Lehigh, Lafayette and Bucknell have all had home games either moved or cancelled because of the harsh winter in the region. But that will all change this week, as Lehigh plays its home opener on Saturday before Lafayette, Bucknell and Holy Cross all do so on Sunday and Army plays at West Point next Wednesday.
Lafayette, Navy with Impressive Pitching Numbers
Lafayette and Navy are both in the top 25 in the nation in team ERA, with the Leopards at No. 21 with a 2.37 mark and the Mids just behind at No. 24 with a 2.42 team ERA. Both teams are also in the top 30 nationally in both hits and walks allowed per nine innings, and come in the top 20 when the two are combined (WHIP). Navy's Anthony Parenti is 5-0 with a 0.50 ERA, ranking second in the nation in victories and 16th in ERA. Lafayette's David Bednar is off to an outstanding start in his freshman season with a 0.75 ERA while placing second in the nation with just 3.00 hits allowed per nine innings and a 0.50 WHIP.
Patriot League Play Coming Soon
Patriot League action begins for all teams next weekend as the first set of four-game series gets going on March 29. The first weekend of action will feature Lehigh at Army, Navy at Bucknell and Lafayette at Holy Cross. All Patriot League weekend series are four-game sets played with doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday, with the opener of each day featuring a seven-inning contest and the nightcap a nine-inning affair.
Army, Navy Share Preseason Favorite Role
For the second straight season, there was a tie at the top of the Patriot League Baseball preseason poll as both Army and Navy shared the top spot in the rankings announced on Feb. 6. The Black Knights and Mids were even with 42 points apiece, with Army garnering five first-place votes to three for the Navy. Holy Cross was not far behind with 35 points and a pair of first-place votes, while Bucknell took home 31 points and the remaining two first-place votes followed by Lehigh (17) and Lafayette (13). Holy Cross and Army were tied for the favorite role last year, with the Crusaders taking the regular-season crown before falling to the Black Knights in the Patriot League Championship series. A pair of juniors claimed the individual awards, as Holy Cross outfielder Evan Ocello was named Patriot League Preseason Player of the Year and Navy's Stephen Moore claimed the Preseason Pitcher of the Year award.
Patriot League Baseball Weekly Awards (March 10-16)
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
ROBERT CURRIE, NAVY So., OF, Atlanta, Ga.
Currie batted .545 (12-for-22) with a home run, six RBIs, nine runs scored, two doubles and five stolen bases as Navy went 4-2 in action at home last week. He had a hit in five of the six contests, with multiple hits in four games. Currie was 10-for-16 with a home run, six RBIs, six runs scored and three steals as Navy took three out of four in a weekend series with Quinnipiac. He has reached base in eight straight games, and scored a run in all six contests last week. Currie receives his first Patriot League Player of the Week award.
PITCHER OF THE WEEK
ANTHONY PARENTI, NAVY Jr., P, Elizabeth, N.J.
Parenti continued his dominant first month of the season with eight shutout innings to lead Navy to a 15-0 win in the series opener against Quinnipiac on Friday. He scattered four hits and a walk while striking out eight as his ERA dropped from 0.65 to 0.50 for the season. Parenti improved to 5-0 for the year as he has won all of his starts. He did not allow a runner to reach third base for the third time this season, and got his second combined shutout to go with one where he went the distance. Parenti earns his third Patriot League Pitcher of the Week award of the season.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
TRAVIS BLUE, NAVY Fr., SS, Orange, Calif.
Blue went .375 (9-for-24) with five runs scored and five RBIs in a 4-2 week for the Mids. He had at least one hit in Navy's first five games of the week, with three multi-hit games in that stretch. Blue scored a run in five different games and had four games with an RBI for the week. He reached base in all six games and has a 12-game streak of doing so this season. Blue is named Patriot League Rookie of the Week for the second time.
JACK ST. CLAIR, HOLY CROSS Jr., DH, Newton, Mass.
St. Clair went 8-for-11 with four runs scored, four doubles and two RBIs in a three-game series at St. John's.
MIKE CASTELLANI, BUCKNELL Fr., P, Avon, Conn.
Castellani came out of the bullpen to toss 5.1 scoreless innings with just one hit allowed to pick up the victory in Bucknell's 7-3 triumph over Bowling Green.
DAVID BEDNAR, LAFAYETTE Fr., P, Valencia, Pa.
Bednar did not allow an earned run in seven innings with three hits and a walk allowed and six strikeouts in a 2-1 loss to Buffalo on Saturday.
JOE ABELN, LEHIGH Sr., C/OF, Allentown, Pa.
Abeln batted .364 (8-for-22) with four runs scored, six RBIs and three doubles in six games for the Mountain Hawks.