Patriot League Baseball Release - 4.1.14

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April 1, 2014

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CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Bucknell won all four games against Navy for its first Patriot League four-game sweep since 2006 in the only series that was completed on the opening weekend of the baseball League schedule.

Patriot League Notebook
THE TOP FIVE @PATRIOTLEAGUE NOTES
*Bucknell won all four games against Navy for its first Patriot League four-game sweep since 2006.
*That was the only series completed as Lehigh/Army played three games and Lafayette/Holy Cross finished two.
*Lehigh swept Monday's doubleheader at Army to win the series, with Lafayette and Holy Cross split a Saturday DH.
*Fifteen of 18 starting pitchers went at least six innings with two or fewer runs allowed in League action.
*Lehigh/Bucknell, Holy Cross/Navy and Lafayette/Army are the upcoming weekend Patriot League series.

Bucknell Pulls Off First Patriot League Sweep Since 2006
Dominant pitching led Bucknell to its first four-game sweep of a Patriot League opponent since 2006 as the Bison allowed jujst four runs in the four games against Navy over the weekend. Andrew Andreychik pitched a shutout in a 1-0 victory in Monday's opener, while Xavier Hammond and Dan Weigel also had complete-game wins and Bryson Hough came just two outs away from a complete game. The Bison pitching staff put up a 0.84 ERA for the weekend and allowed just 14 hits and six walks in 32 innings. Bucknell has its best start in the Patriot League since an 8-0 opening in 2001.

Lehigh Earns Series Win at Army, Lafayette and Holy Cross Split
Lehigh fell 2-0 at Army on Saturday, but came to sweep the Black Knights on Monday and earn the series win at West Point. The Mountain Hawks won Monday's first game 5-4, and completed the sweep with a 3-0 win in the nightcap. Lafayette and Holy Cross played a pair of one-run games on Saturday, with the Leopards winning the opener 3-2 and the Crusaders coming back with a 6-5 victory in the nightcap. All three Patriot League series were washed out on Sunday. Lehigh and Army have one game to make up, while Lafayette and Holy Cross did not get in their second doubleheader.

Pitching Dominates on Opening Weekend
The wet, cold weather did not seem to bother Patriot League pitchers as the hurlers got the best of the opening weekend action. Five of the six pitching staffs had a team ERA under 3.00 on the opening weekend, with Lafayette just off at 3.60. None of the teams gave up more hits than innings pitched. The starting pitchers in particular were dominant, as Army's Nick Dignacco joined Andreychik with a shutout and 15 of the 18 starters allowed two or fewer runs in six or more innings on the hill.

Coming Up Next
After non-League games on Tuesday or Wednesday for all six Patriot League teams, the League schedule resumes with the next set of doubleheaders over the weekend. The two teams who won weekend series to open the schedule will meet up as Lehigh visits Bucknell, while Holy Cross goes to Navy in a matchup of the top two teams in last year's regular season. Lafayette heads to Army to complete the weekend schedule. All four series are scheduled for doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday.

Patriot League Tournament
The top four teams in the regular-season standings qualify for the Patriot League Tournament. The semifinals will pit the #4 seed at #1 and #3 at #2 in three-game series on May 10-11, with the three-game Championship series at the site of the higher seed the following weekend.

Patriot League Baseball Weekly Awards (March 24-31)

Player of the Week
BRETT SMITH, BUCKNELL Fr., OF, Hanover, Pa.
Smith went 8-for-12 (.667) in Bucknell's four wins over Navy as he helped the Bison earn their first Patriot League four-game sweep since 2006. Smith collected eight of Bucknell's 22 hits in the four games, all of which were singles and six of which were infield hits. He was 5-for-5 with a walk and a steal in Saturday's doubleheader sweep, then provided the only run in a 1-0 shutout in Monday's opener by singling, stealing second and later scoring on a sac fly in the first inning. Smith has a five-game hitting streak, and leads the Bison with nine multi-hit games this year. He is named Patriot League Player of the Week for the first time.

Pitcher of the Week
ANDREW ANDREYCHIK, BUCKNELL So., P, Danville, Pa.
Andreychik finished up a dominant month of March with his third-straight shutout as he pitched Bucknell past Navy 1-0 in Monday's doubleheader opener. He allowed just two hits and did not walk a batter while striking out four for his third third straight shutout overall and second-straight 1-0 win after doing the same against Penn State last weekend. Andreychik had the first two-hitter of at least seven innings for a Bucknell pitcher since 2010 while facing just one hitter over the minimum. Andreychik has a streak of 19.2 consecutive scoreless innings, and has not allowed a walk in his last three starts. He has not allowed a run since March 2. Andreychik is named Patriot League Pitcher of the Week for the second straight time.

Rookie of the Week
BEN WHITE, HOLY CROSS Fr., P, Holden, Mass.
White allowed just one earned run in 6.1 innings as Holy Cross fell 3-2 to Lafayette in Saturday's opener. He gave up three runs overall on three hits and a walk while striking out 10 in the game. White left the game with a 2-1 lead in the seventh inning before the bullpen allowed a pair of inherited runners to score unearned. The 10 strikeouts were the most for a Holy Cross pitcher this season. White is named Patriot League Rookie of the Week for the second time.

Honorable Mention

NICK DIGNACCO, ARMY Sr., P, Sharon, Conn.
Dignacco threw a seven-inning shutout with six strikeouts in a 2-0 win over Lehigh on Saturday.

COLIN GOTZON, LEHIGH Sr., P, Bethlehem, Pa.
Gotzon threw 6.1 scoreless innings and allowed only two hits in a 3-0 win over Army on Monday.

CONNOR ORTOLF, LAFAYETTE Sr., P, Ocean City, N.J.
Ortolf went all seven innings to pick up the win in a 3-2 victory over Holy Cross on Saturday.

BILL SCHLICH, HOLY CROSS Fr., 1B, Massapequa, N.Y.
Schlich went 2-for-3 with a double, run scored and three RBIs in a 6-5 win over Lafayette on Saturday.