Patriot League Baseball Release - 4.25.14

PATRIOTLEAGUE.ORG Nick Dignacco is enjoying an outstanding season for Army.
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Nick Dignacco is enjoying an outstanding season for Army.
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April 25, 2014

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CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Two teams are already in the Patriot League Baseball Tournament, while the remaining two bids could be clinched by Saturday.

Patriot League Notebook

THE TOP @PATRIOTLEAGUE NOTES
*Bucknell and Army have qualified for the Patriot League Tournament.
*The Bison have clinched a top two seed and semifinal home series, and lead the Black Knights by a half game.
*Lehigh and Navy are each just two wins away from claiming the last two Tournament bids.
*The Army/Navy opener will be telecast on CBS Sports Network.
*There have been five sweeps in the 12 Patriot League series to date.

Patriot League Tournament Outlook
Two teams are already in the Patriot League Baseball Tournament, while the remaining two bids could be clinched by Saturday. Bucknell and Army have already claimed their spots, with the Bison guaranteed of a top two seed and semifinal series at home on May 10-11. Bucknell (12-4) leads Army (11-4) by a half-game for the overall top seed heading into the weekend, with the Bison hosting Holy Cross and the Black Knights visiting Navy. The Mids (8-8) and Lehigh (7-8) each need just two wins or a combination of losses by Lafayette (4-10) and Holy Cross (3-11) to earn the last two spots in the League Tournament. The Mountain Hawks host the Leopards in the remaining weekend set.

Tournament Schedule
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.

Season of Sweeps
The top teams have separated by sweeping at least one series throughout the season. Army has a pair of sweeps after pulling out all four games against Holy Cross over the weekend and doing so at home against Lafayette earlier in the season. Bucknell had a season-opening sweep against Navy, the Mids did it to Lehigh over the weekend and the Mountain Hawks swept Holy Cross the week before. Holy Cross has suffered two straight sweeps heading into its series at Bucknell.

Pitching Makes the Difference
There have been nine shutouts in Patriot League play this season, and pitching has been key for the top teams in the standings. Bucknell (2.23), Army (2.27), Navy (3.12) and Lehigh (3.79) each have team ERAs under 4.00 in League action, and boast weekend starters that are particularly impressive. Bucknell's Xavier Hammond (1.24) and Dan Weigel (1.41) have the top ERAs in Patriot League action, while Navy's Anthony Parenti (1.61), Army's Nick Dignacco (1.65) and Alex Robinett (1.82) also have makrs below 2.00 in League play.