April 11, 2011
Center Valley, Pa. - The three teams with winning records in Patriot League play will each take on a team with a losing mark as the League slate enters the third weekend with a chance for plenty of jockeying for positioning in the standings.
Patriot League Baseball Release - 4.11.11
Army, which leads the Patriot League by one game over both Navy and Lafayette, will be on the road the rest of the way beginning with a weekend series at Lehigh. The Mids and Leopards are both at home this weekend, with Navy welcoming Bucknell and Lafayette taking on Holy Cross.
While Army comes in at 6-2 with Navy and Lafayette one game behind at 5-3, the remaining teams are very much in the thick of the Patriot League race with Lehigh and Holy Cross at 3-5 and Bucknell at 2-6.
The Black Knights maintained sole possession of first place by splitting a four-game series with Navy over the weekend. Lehigh rebounded from a tough opening weekend to split with rival Lafayette.
Holy Cross made up the most ground over the weekend, winning three of four games against Bucknell to pull into the fourth-place tie with Lehigh. Now the Crusaders visit a Lafayette team that opened its home schedule with last weekend's split against Lehigh and is in the midst of a 15-game homestand.
After going 5-3 in a pair of road series, Navy plays its first Patriot League series at home when it welcomes Bucknell. The Bison are in the middle of playing three straight League series on the road.
Each team will play a non-League game on Tuesday or Wednesday, with Holy Cross adding a second contest on Thursday against Dartmouth.
Patriot League Weekly Awards (April 4-10)
Player of the Week
STEPHEN WADSWORTH, HOLY CROSS So., C, Wayland, Mass.
With his team in need of a winning weekend after an 0-4 start in Patriot League action, Wadsworth led the way for Holy Cross by going 10-for-15 with two home runs, eight RBIs and seven runs scored as the Crusaders won three of four games against Bucknell. He opened up by going 3-for-4 with a run in Holy Cross' 8-5 win in Saturday's opener, then hit a home run in an 8-5 loss in the nightcap. Wadsworth then went 5-for-7 with four runs scored, a home run and six RBIs in Sunday's sweep, including a 4-for-4 game with three runs scored and four RBIs in a 13-7 victory in the finale. He batted .632 (12-for-19) in Holy Cross' five games last week, also going 2-for-4 with a run and two RBIs in a 6-5 loss to Marist on Wednesday. Wadsworth scored a run in all five games and finished with eight for the week, and had four multiple-RBI games to close the week with 10 total RBIs. The 2010 Patriot League Rookie of the Year wins the Player of the Week award for the first time.
Pitcher of the Week
LOGAN LEE, ARMY Jr., P, Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Lee fired six shutout innings with just three hits allowed to lead Army past Navy, 3-0, in the opener of the four-game series between the rivals on Saturday. He did not walk a batter and struck out four, and the victory allowed Army to claim its eighth-straight series "star" from the Mids as the teams went on to split the four games. Lee receives his first Pitcher of the Week award.
Rookie of the Week
PRESTON GAINEY, NAVY Fr., P, Pompano Beach, Fla.
Gainey earned his first-career save by keeping Army scoreless in the final 3.1 innings of Navy's 4-3 win over the Black Knights on Saturday. He struck out six and allowed just one hit and no walks in the outing, which started when he stranded a pair of inherited runners with Navy holding the one-run lead in the bottom of the sixth. Gainey pitched 5.1 scoreless innings last week, giving up only two hits while striking out seven in two appearances.
A.J. MILLER, LAFAYETTE Sr., C, Manasquan, N.J.
Miller went 7-for-11 with two home runs, six RBI and six runs and also walked five times in Lafayette's split with Lehigh.
GREG DUPELL, NAVY So., 1B/3B, Tampa, Fla.
Dupell hit three home runs for the week, including one in each contest of Sunday's doubleheader against Army.
TRAVIS CLARK, BUCKNELL So., INF, Foster City, Calif.
Clark hit three solo home runs Saturday against Holy Cross, including the game-winner in the 8th inning of the nightcap.
Patriot League Notebook
Army's Moore Becomes Patriot League RBI King
With his three-run home run against rival Navy on Sunday, Army's Clint Moore did more than set up a key win for the Black Knights. The senior shortstop became the all-time Patriot League leader with 158 RBIs, eclipsing the mark of 157 set by Bucknell's Tyler Prout (1997-2000). Moore also tied the Army record with his 28th career home run, moving into a tie for third place in Patriot League history.
Lafayette's Miller Continues Amazing Season
It's not easy to build on your numbers when you are hitting .400 with a .500 on-base percentage and over .700 slugging. But Lafayette senior catcher A.J. Miller did just that over the weekend by going 7-for-11 with two home runs, six RBIs, six runs scored and five walks in Lafayette's four-game splilt with Lehigh. Miller has huge leads in the Patriot League in batting average (.443), on-base (.534) and slugging (.835) percentage, and also tops the charts with 32 RBIs while placing second with nine home runs. He is among the national leaders in average, on-base and slugging percentage, with his. 835 slugging mark in the top five in Division I.
Miller Leading a Group of Outstanding Catchers
While Miller's season stands out, he's certainly not the only Patriot League catcher putting up an incredible year. Holy Cross' Stephen Wadsworth was named Patriot League Player of the Week on Monday for hitting over .600 in the last five games for the Crusaders, while Navy's Jeff Bland has two 5-for-5 games and a Patriot League Player of the Week award on his resume along with a spot among the League's leaders in on-base and slugging percentage. Army's J.T. Watkins, who delivered the game-winning hit in the 10th inning against Navy on Sunday, joins Miller as a candidate on the Johnny Bench Award watch list as the top collegiate catcher.
Shribman Proving 2010 Not a Fluke
Bucknell senior Doug Shribman hit six home runs in his first two years before exploding for 21 round-trippers last season, easily breaking the previous Patriot League single-season record of 14. He has just kept on going this year, becoming the Patriot League's all-time home run leader earlier in the season and leading the League with 11 home runs for the year. Shribman's 38 career home runs are eight better than anyone in Patriot League history. He is up to 31 RBIs for the season, and entered the Patriot League career top 10 with 135 in his tenure at Bucknell.
Army, Navy Go Back and Forth at West Point
The four games in the Army/Navy series at West Point were decided by a combined six runs over the weekend, with one-run contests in each of the final three affairs. After Army opened the series with a 3-0 win, Navy won by scores of 4-3 and 3-2 before the Black Knights closed the series with a 6-5 victory in 10 innings.
Crusaders Break Out the Bats
Holy Cross scored 32 runs in its four-game series against Bucknell, including 19 in a doubleheader sweep on Sunday. That's nothing new for the Crusaders, which has scored five runs or more in each of its last six games.
The six Patriot League squads hold a combined 41-24 record on their own turf. Navy (10-4), Holy Cross (7-2), Lehigh (10-6) and Army (8-5) each have strong home records, while Lafayette and Bucknell are each at or around .500. Lafayette began a 14-game homestand with its series against Lehigh, while the Mountain Hawks play 12 straight home games beginning this week and Holy Cross closes the season with a 12-game homestand of its own.
Army Narrowly Tops Bucknell in 2011 Baseball Preseason Poll
Army took the top spot in the Patriot League Baseball preseason poll with 45 points overall and six first-place votes, just edging out Bucknell with 43 points and five first-place selections. Holy Cross, which fell to the Bison in last year's Patriot League Championship series, came in third with 36 points and a first-place vote. Lehigh was next with 23 points, followed by Navy with 21 and Lafayette 12. Patriot League coaches and sports information directors from each of the six schools participated in the poll.
Army While the Black Knights did not win the series against rival Navy for the first time since 2004, they did claim an eighth-straight series "star" with a game one victory and a split of the four-game set...Army won the opener, 3-0, behind six shutout innings from starting pitcher Logan Lee..The next three games
were each decided by one run, with Army losing 4-3 in Saturday's nightcap and 3-2 in Sunday's opener before capping the series with a 6-5 win in 10 innings...Army scored the tying run in the eighth and won it on a single by J.T. Watkins in the 10th earn the series split and claim the star...The Black Knights also remained one game ahead of both Navy and Lafayette in the Patriot League standings...Army's 13-game homestand came to an end, and it will not host another Patriot League series this season...The Black Knights visit Lehigh this weekend.
Bucknell The second League weekend was just like the first for Bucknell, which was swept in a Sunday doubleheader to fall in three of four games...Bucknell split with Holy Cross on Saturday before being defeated in each game by the Crusaders on Sunday, the same result the Bison took las weekend against Lafayette...Alex Cillo earned the lone victory of the weekend by allowing just one hit and striking out six in 3.2 innings of an 8-5 triumph on Saturday...Travis Clark hit three home runs in Saturday's doubleheader, including the game-winning shot in the top of the eighth inning of the nightcap...Doug Shribman hit a pair of home runs on Sunday to build his Patriot League-leading total to 11...He has already smashed the League's previous career record by eight with 38 all-time, and his 135 RBIs stand ninth in League history...Bucknell is playing three straight Patriot League series on the road, with a stop at Navy this weekend.
Holy Cross After losing its first four Patriot League games to Army, Holy Cross came through with a big bounce-back series by winning three of four from Bucknell over the weekend...Stephen Wadsworth was named Patriot League Player of the Week after going 10-of-15 with two home runs, eight RBIs and seven
runs scored in the series...He improved his batting average from .205 to .284 by going 12-of-19 overall last week...The Crusaders have scored five runs or more in six consecutive games...After playing a pair of non-League games, Holy Cross plays its last road series in Patriot League play when it visits Lafayette over the weekend.
Lafayette Lafayette finally opened its home schedule over the weekend, splitting four games with rival Lehigh...The Leopards won the nightcap on both Saturday and Sunday after dropping the opener...A.J. Miller went 7-for-11 with two home runs, six runs and six RBIs in the series, and was also walked
five times to finish with a .750 on-base percentage...Miller extended his lead among all Patriot League players in batting average (.443), on-base (.534) and slugging (.835) percentage...He also leads the League with 32 RBIs, and is second with nine home runs...Jeff Snell held Lehigh scoreless in three appearances, with a save in Lafayette's 7-4 win on Saturday...Connor Ortolf won his first collegiate start in the 8-3 triumph to close the series on Sunday...Lafayette has not lost a series in Easton against Lehigh since 1999...The Leopards opened up a 15-game homestand which includes the next two Patriot League series, with Holy Cross coming to town this weekend.
Lehigh The Mountain Hawks came away with a split at rival Lafayette, winning the opener of a doubleheader on both Saturday and Sunday...Lehigh held on for an 8-6 win in Saturday's opener, and began Sunday's action with a 9-2 triumph...Billy Goldman hit a home run and drove in a pair in each of the victories...He is third in the Patriot League with a .554 slugging percentage, and fifth with a .337 batting average...Lehigh returns home for its action this week, taking on Army in a Patriot League series on Saturday and Sunday.
Navy The Mids took a split out of a hard-fought series at Army, the first time since 2003 that Navy did not lose the four-game set to its rival...After falling 3-0 in the series opener, Navy pulled out wins of 4-3 and 3-2 in the next two contests...Preston Gainey came on to pitch 3.1 scoreless innings with
six strikeouts to pick up the save in the 4-3 victory on Saturday....Greg Dupell hit the first of his two home runs on Sunday in the 3-2 victory...Navy nearly rallied from a 4-0 deficit to take the series in Sunday's nightcap, but Army pulled out a 6-5 win in 10 innings...Dupell put Navy ahead with a two-run home run in the eighth inning before Army came right back to tie the score...The Mids play their first of two Patriot League series at home over the weekend when they welcome defending champion Bucknell to Annapolis.