May 8, 2002
ANNAPOLIS, Md.-Navy's home baseball game against George Washington,
scheduled for Thursday at 3 p.m., has been cancelled because George
Washington does not have a game available to play. The game was scheduled
several weeks ago in hopes that the Colonials would have a game rained out
and would need someone to fill their schedule and to give the Mids a game
under their belt before the Patriot League Baseball Tournament. Navy has
not played since sweeping a doubleheader from Lehigh on April 29.
The Mids will play host to the upcoming league tournament at Max Bishop
Stadium beginning Saturday. Lehigh swept a four-game series from visiting
Lafayette Saturday and Sunday, giving Navy its eighth regular-season
championship in the last 10 years. The Leopards needed two wins to clinch
the title outright and host the tournament, however the Mountain Hawks
scored three victories by two runs or less, allowing Navy to host the league
tournament for the third consecutive year. The Mids have qualified for the
tournament every year since entering the league in 1993.
Lehigh and Lafayette will play Saturday at 12 noon in the elimination game
with the winner advancing to play Navy in a best-of-three series.
"It is postseason time now, and nobody has won anything yet," Navy head
coach Steve Whitmyer said. "Three teams are in the race, and we are just
excited to be in it. As a coaching staff, we are pleased to have finished
the season strong and be able to host the tournament. As far as I am
concerned, the tournament is up in the air, so we'll see what happens next
Navy (20-23, 13-7 Patriot League) has won 11 of its last 15 games heading
into the tournament, including nine of its last 12 league games. The Mids
captured three-out-of-four from both Lafayette and Lehigh during the regular
season, going 5-1 against the two teams in games decided by three runs or
The last time the host team won the league tournament was in 1998 when Navy
defeated Bucknell, 11-3 and 8-6 in Annapolis. In 2000, Army won the third
and deciding game over Navy, while Bucknell swept the Mids in the
best-of-three series last season at Max Bishop Stadium.