April 16, 2014
Patriot League Baseball Release - 4.16.14
CENTER VALLEY, Pa.
- By Easter Sunday, the Patriot League baseball standings could either have a clear separation or be much tighter. The top three teams in the League play the bottom three in the standings over the weekend, with each of the top squads going on the road.
Patriot League Notebook
THE TOP FIVE @PATRIOTLEAGUE NOTES
*Bucknell maintained first place by splitting a weekend series with Army.
*Lehigh matched the Black Knights in second place with a four-game sweep of Holy Cross.
*All three of the top teams in the standings go on the road in their Patriot League series this weekend.
*Three pitchers tossed complete-game shutouts in Patriot League games over the weekend.
*Bucknell's Corey Furman leads the Patriot League with a .404 batting average overall and .465 in League games.
Bucknell Maintains First Place, Lehigh Surges to Tie Army for Second
Bucknell was twice faced with falling out of first place over the weekend at Army, but came up with a win both times to maintain sole possession of the top spot. The Bison lost the opener on both days, but came back to win the nightcap and stay 1.5 games ahead of the Black Knights in first place. Lehigh moved into a tie with Army for second place at 7-4 in the Patriot League by winning all four games against Holy Cross for its first Patriot League sweep since 2010. Bucknell, Army and Lehigh have all pulled off a four-game sweep this year, with Navy, Lafayette and Holy Cross each suffering one. Still, the Mids, Leopards and Crusaders are in a virtual tie for fourth place after Navy and Lafayette split their games over the weekend.
Top Three Head on the Road for Weekend Series
By Easter Sunday, the Patriot League standings could either have a clear separation or be much tighter. The top three teams in the League play the bottom three in the standings over the weekend, with each of the top squads going on the road. Lehigh heads to Navy, Bucknell is at Lafayette and Army goes to Holy Cross for the four-game series. The Army-Holy Cross series is a rematch of the last two Patriot League Championship series, each won by the Black Knights. Bucknell, Lehigh and Army can all clinch Patriot League Tournament berths with winning weekends and a combination of other results.
Mountain Hawks Post Memorable Sweep
Lehigh used dominant pitching on Saturday and added more offense on Sunday to sweep Holy Cross over the weekend. It was the first four-game sweep for the Mountain Hawks in Patriot League action in more than four years since doing so against Lafayette on April 10-11, 2010. The Mountain Hawks won 1-0 and 3-0 on Saturday, shutting out a Patriot League team twice in one day for the first time.
Furman, Hammond Lead the Way for the Bison
Senior outfielder Corey Furman and junior starting pitcher Xavier Hammond each had big weekends in Bucknell's split with Army, and the pair are leading their respective areas in Patriot League play. Furman was 10-of-17 in the series and is leading the Patriot League in batting average at .465 in League play, as well as for the season overall at .404. In a season of great pitching for the Bison, Hammond threw a nine-inning shutout in a 9-0 win in the series finale against the Black Knights and leads all pitchers with a 1.07 ERA in League games. Bucknell's Dan Weigel is second in League play with a 1.57 ERA.
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
KASH MANZELLI, NAVY Sr., 1B, Dunwoody, Ga.
Manzelli had a huge week for the Mids by batting .478 (11-for-23) with three doubles, a triple, two home runs, six RBIs and six runs scored in six games. He opened the weekend series with Lafayette going 3-for-4 with a home run and three runs scored in a 6-0 win, and went 2-for-4 in the next two games against the Leopards. Manzelli was 8-for-15 with a home run, three RBIs and five runs scored in the series against Lafayette as the Mids split the four games with the Leopards. Manzelli is named Patriot League Player of the Week for the first time this year and second in his career.
PITCHER OF THE WEEK
XAVIER HAMMOND, BUCKNELL Jr., P, Broadheadsville, Pa.
Hammond threw a nine-inning shutout to lead Bucknell to a series split at Army with a 9-0 victory in the finale on Sunday. He allowed just two hits and two walks while striking out six to lead Bucknell to a victory which kept the Bison in first place by 1.5 games over Army and Lehigh. It was his first career complete game and shutout as just one baserunner reached scoring position and only three over the minimum batted in the game. Hammond improved to 2-1 in Patriot League play with just three earned runs allowed in 25.1 innings. He earns his first Patriot League Pitcher of the Week award.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
TRAVIS BLUE, NAVY Fr., SS, Orange, Calif.
Blue went 10-for-24 (.417) with five runs scored and six RBIs in six games for the Mids last week. He had a hit and a run scored in each of Navy's wins over Lafayette, and went 7-for-16 with four runs scored and four RBIs in the series. Blue is on a seven-game hitting streak. He is named Patriot League Rookie of the Week for the third time this season.
COLIN GOTZON, LEHIGH Sr., P, Bethlehem, Pa.
Gotzon threw a seven-inning shutout with three hits and two walks allowed and seven strikeouts in a 1-0 series-opening win against Holy Cross on Saturday.
ANTHONY PARENTI, NAVY Jr., P, Elizabeth, N.J.
Parenti scattered five hits with no walks and seven strikeouts in a seven-inning shutout to lead Navy to a 6-0 win in its series opener against Lafayette.
TIM LAZOR, LAFAYETTE Jr., DH/1B, Newtown, Pa.
Lazor batted 9-for-18 (.500) with a home run, five RBIs and three runs scored in five games for the Leopards.
COREY FURMAN, BUCKNELL Sr., OF, Exeter, Pa.
Furman went 11-for-21 (.524) with five RBIs and four runs scored in five games for the Bison.
MIKE GARZILLO, LEHIGH So., 2B, Wind Gap, Pa.
Garzillo went 8-for-18 (.444) with five runs scored and four RBIs as Lehigh had a perfect 5-0 week including a sweep of Holy Cross.