Holy Cross' Mike Ahmed
April 28, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Holy Cross defeated Army 2-0 in the opener of Sunday's doubleheader to lock up its first Patriot League Baseball regular-season title, and with it the Crusaders will get to play at home as they go for their first Patriot League Tournament crown.
Holy Cross finished 15-5 in the Patriot League to earn the No. 1 seed in the Patriot League Tournament, which begins with the semifinal series on May 11-12. The Crusaders will play host to fourth-seed Bucknell (10-10 PL) in the opening matchup, while third-seed Army (11-9 PL) will pay a visit to its archrival, second-seed Navy (12-8 PL).
The winners will face off in the Patriot League Championship series at the site of the higher seed on May 18-19. Both the semifinal and championship series are three-game sets with each contest scheduled for nine innings.
Holy Cross, which finished as the runner-up to Army last season, makes it to the Patriot League Tournament for the second straight year and fifth in six seasons. Navy is in its third-straight tournament, while Army is in the postseason for the seventh year in a row. Bucknell qualifies for the Patriot League Baseball Tournament for the fifth time in six years, and is back after missing out last year.
Army, Navy and Bucknell account for the last five Patriot League titles. The Black Knights won it all last year and also did so in 2009, Navy claimed the title in 2011 and Bucknell won the crown in both 2010 and 2008.
More information will be available soon at Patriot League Baseball Championship Central