Bucknell Advances, Lehigh and Army Head to Game Three in Patriot League Baseball Tournament Semifinals

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May 10, 2014

Patriot League Baseball Tournament Central

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Top-seed Bucknell moved on to the championship series of the Patriot League Baseball Tournament by sweeping a semifinal matchup against fourth-seed Navy on Saturday in Lewisburg, while the Bison will wait for their opponent as third-seed Lehigh and second-seed Army split on Saturday and will head to a decisive game three on Sunday.

The Bison (27-17-1) broke out the bats to take care of the Mids (23-28), as Bucknell took the opener 15-6 before winning the nightcap 8-4 on Saturday to sweep the three-game series. Bucknell advances to the Patriot League Championship series for the first time since 2010, and the Bison will host the final round for the first time since 2003.

Either Lehigh (24-22) or Army (33-17) will make the trip for the championship series after the teams split a pair of tight games on Saturday. Lehigh scored four in the ninth in game one to break open a close contest for a 6-0 win, while Army got a complete-game effort from Alex Robinett and a pair of eighth-inning runs to pull out a 3-2 win in the nightcap. The Black Knights will host the Mountain Hawks in a decisive game three on Sunday at 1 p.m. on Patriot League Network.

For more information including box scores from Saturday's games, visit Patriot League Baseball Tournament Central. Recaps of both of Saturday's doubleheaders will be posted shortly.

No. 4 Navy at No. 1 Bucknell - Bucknell Wins, 2-0

LEWISBURG, Pa. - Bucknell (27-17-1) advanced to the Patriot League Baseball Championship series as the top-seed Bison swept fourth-seed Navy (23-28) in a semifinal series on Saturday at Depew Field.

The Bison move on to the Patriot League Championship for the first time since 2010, and will host the final round for the first time since 2003 against either Lehigh or Army.

 

 

Game 1: Bucknell 15, Navy 6 | Box Score
Bucknell had an offensive onslaught in the opener of the series against Navy as the Bison had multiple runs in four innings to beat the Mids 15-6 in game one at Depew Field.

The scoring started in the third when the Bison plated two runs, but Navy came back with two in the fifth and tied the game at 3-3. Bucknell went ahead for good in the bottom of the frame when it plated three runs, then pulled away with four more in the sixth and five in the eighth for 12 unanswered runs to roll to the 15-6 win.

Rob Krentzman went 3-for-5 with two runs and three RBIs to lead the Bison, while five other players notched a pair of hits. Joe Ogren went 2-for-3 with three runs scored and four RBIs, Anthony Gingerelli scored three times and four other players had either two runs or two RBIs. Bryson Hough went 5.1 innings to pick up the win for the Bison.

Patriot League Pitcher of the Year Anthony Parenti struggled for Navy, giving up six runs in five innings after coming in with a 0.93 ERA for the season. Patriot League Player of the Year Kash Manzelli went 3-for-5 with two runs and two RBIs for the Mids.

Game 2: Bucknell 8, Navy 4 | Box Score
Bucknell advanced to the Patriot League Baseball Championship series by using a five-run fifth inning and coasting from there for an 8-4 win over Navy in game two of a semifinal matchup at Depew Field.

After scoring a run in the fourth, the Bison got to Navy's Luke Gillingham for the five-run fifth. Navy fought back with three runs in the sixth, but Bucknell got two back in the eighth and went on to the 8-4 win.

Jon Mayer was 3-for-5 with a run and two RBIs for the Bison, while Krentzman was 2-for-5 with a run and two RBIs and Alex O'Neill drove in three runs. Dan Weigel gave up three runs in 5.1 innings on the mound to pick up the win for the Bison.

Robert Currie, Drew Hayes and Leland Saile each had three hits for Navy, which had 16 hits in the game but left 14 runners on base. Currie and Brad Borosak each drove in a pair of runs for the Mids.

No. 3 Lehigh at No. 2 Army - Tied, 1-1

Third-seed Lehigh (24-22) won the opener 6-0 before second-seed Army (33-17) came back with a 3-2 victory in the nightcap to send their Patriot League Baseball Tournament semifinal series to a decisive game three on Sunday at 1 p.m. on Patriot League Network.

Game 1: Lehigh 6, Army 0 | Box Score
Colin Gotzon was in control on the mound and Lehigh added four runs in the ninth inning to pull out a 6-0 win in game one against Army at Doubleday Field at Johnson Stadium.

Gotzon went 8.1 innings and allowed just four hits and two walks while notching a career-high 10 strikeouts.

He did not need much offense, and got enough when Mike Garzillo singled home Justin Pacchioli in the third inning. Brandon Wilt brought home Pat Donnelly in the seventh for a 2-0 lead, and Lehigh took advantage of Army miscues for four unearned runs in the ninth to seal the 6-0 win.

Garzillo went 2-for-5 with a run and two RBIs, while Donnelly was 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored.

Nick Dignacco allowed two runs on six hits and two walks with seven strikeouts on the hill for Army and took the loss. No Black Knight player had more than one hit.

Game 2: Army 3, Lehigh 2 | Box Score
Army scored a pair of runs in the eighth inning and held on for a 3-2 win in game two against Lehigh to extend the series to a decisive matchup on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Doubleday Field at Johnson Stadium.

After Lehigh went ahead with a run in the first, Army finally broke through with its first run of the afternoon to even the score at 1-1 in the sixth. The Black Knights went ahead two innings later on a two-run single by Jacob Page, and held on despite a solo home run by Lehigh's Tyler Brong in the ninth.

Alex Robinett was in control on the mound for Army, giving up just five hits and a walk with six strikeouts in a complete-game effort. Jon Crucitti scored a pair of runs with Page driving in the pair.

Mike Burke did not give up an earned run and only allowed three hits and a walk in 6.2 innings for Lehigh, but left with the score tied at 1-1. Kevin Long suffered the loss for Lehigh.