April 8, 2014
Patriot League Baseball Release - 4.8.14
CENTER VALLEY, Pa.
- Bucknell and Army meet in a weekend series at West Point with first place in the Patriot League at stake.
Patriot League Notebook
THE TOP @PATRIOTLEAGUE NOTES
*The Black Knights swept four games from Lafayette and the Bison won three of four from Lehigh over the weekend.
*Bucknell (7-1) and Army (5-2) have played all of their Patriot League games at home.
*Both teams have an ERA under 2.00 in Patriot League play.
*The other weekend series feature Holy Cross at Lehigh and Navy at Lafayette.
Bucknell, Army Use Home Field, Pitching for Fast Start
Bucknell and Army have each played their first two Patriot League series at home, and both teams have made the most of that advantage. The Bison swept Navy on the opening weekend and won the first three games against Lehigh last weekend to start 7-0 in the Patriot League before dropping the series finale to the Mountain Hawks. Army lost two of three in the opening series against Lehigh, but won all four against Lafayette over the weekend to get to 5-2 in League play. Both teams have pitched their way to success as Bucknell (1.41) and Army (1.81) each have a team ERA under 2.00 in League action.
Bison Visit Black Knights to Highlight Weekend Slate
Bucknell and Army put their winning marks on the line against each other with first place on the line when they meet for a four-game series at West Point over the weekend. The Bison can stay in first place by splitting the series, while three wins would lift Army into the top spot. The next two teams in the League standings also square off as Holy Cross visits Lehigh, while Navy heads to Lafayette in a matchup of teams trying to make up ground in the standings. Sunday's Navy-Lafayette doubleheader will be shown on Patriot League Network.
Starting Pitchers Dominate in League Play
Starting pitching has been in control through the first part of Patriot League play. Army's Nick Dignacco has not let up an earned run in a pair of complete-game victories, while Bucknell's Andrew Andreychik and Navy's Luke Gillingham have each given up just one earned run in 14 Patriot League innings. There are nine additional starting pitchers with an ERA at or under 3.00, including all of the weekend starters for Bucknell and three for Army.
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
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
ANTHONY GINGERELLI, BUCKNELL Jr., OF, Worcester, Mass.
Gingerelli helped the Bison stay hot by batting .471 (8-for-17) with a double, triple, two home runs, nine RBIs and five runs scored in a 4-1 week. He started off with a home run and three RBIs in a 6-1 win over Mount St. Mary's on Wednesday, then had a home run and three RBIs as Bucknell opened its series with Lehigh with a 7-3 victory on Saturday. Gingerelli went 3-for-8 with three runs scored and two RBIs as Bucknell won the next two games against the Mountain Hawks to open 7-0 in the Patriot League and run off an eight-game winning streak before dropping the series finale. Gingerelli leads the Patriot League with a .384 batting average for the season and is tied for the League lead with three home runs. He is named Player of the Week for the first time.
PITCHER OF THE WEEK
NICK DIGNACCO, ARMY Sr., P, Sharon, Conn.
Dignacco was brilliant in a 2-1 win over Lafayette on Saturday, going the full seven innings and allowing just an unearned run on one hit with no walks and a career-high nine strikeouts to give the Black Knights a series-opening win. Dignacco only allowed one baserunner past second base and faced just 24 hitters in the contest. He is third in the Patriot League with a 1.64 ERA for the season, and has not allowed an earned run while going the distance in his first two Patriot League starts. Dignacco is named Patriot League Pitcher of the Week for the first time.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
KRIS LINDNER, ARMY Fr., 2B, Morehead City, N.C.
Lindner hit .438 (7-for-16) with a home run, four RBIs and six runs scored as Army won all five of its games last week, including a four-game sweep of Lafayette in Patriot League play. After going 1-for-3 with two RBIs in a 7-3 win over Fairleigh Dickinson on Wednesday, Lindner was 6-for-13 in the series against the Leopards with a hit in every game. He belted a solo home run to open the scoring in the third inning of an eventual 2-1 win in the series opener on Saturday, and went 4-for-8 with an RBI and five runs scored in Sunday's doubleheader sweep. Lindner did not commit an error at second base all week. He is named Patriot League Rookie of the Week for the first time.
ANDREW ANDREYCHIK, BUCKNELL So., P, Danville, Pa.
Andreychik allowed just one run in a seven-inning complete-game to lead Bucknell to a 9-1 win over Lehigh on Sunday. He came one out shy of his fourth straight shutout, and his scoreless inning streak went to 26.1 innings before the run in the final inning.
LUKE GILLINGHAM, NAVY So., P, Coronado, Calif.
Gillingham struck out a career-high 12 and allowed just one run in a seven-inning complete-game effort to lead Navy past Holy Cross 3-1 on Sunday.
BRETT SMITH, BUCKNELL Fr., OF, Hanover, Pa.
Smith batted .400 (6-for-15) with four runs scored and three RBIs in a 4-1 week for the Bison.