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Baseball Notebook: Army gears up for Patriot League tournament

The Black Knights will host Holy Cross over the weekend.

It’s Patriot League tournament time and one program is going strong as another is sitting at home!

Army has won six of seven heading into the most important time of the season, clinching the number one seed in the conference tournament. Down south, Navy finished in last place of the Patriot League, missing the conference tournament for the first time since 2010.

Hopefully, for fans of academy baseball, Army will keep its streak alive and make their fourth straight NCAA Tournament.

Results

Friday

Air Force 10, San Diego State 8

Saturday

Army 10, Lehigh 3

Lehigh 12, Army 5

San Diego State 12, Air Force 0

Sunday

Army 8, Lafayette 6

Army 14, Lafayette 12

San Diego State 7, Air Force 6 (12)

Schedule

Friday

San Jose State vs Air Force – 3 p.m. (Mountain West Network)

Saturday

Holy Cross vs Army – 1 p.m. (ESPN+)

San Jose State vs Air Force – 2 p.m. (Mountain West Network)

Holy Cross vs Army – 4 p.m. (ESPN+)

Sunday

Holy Cross vs Army – 1 p.m. (ESPN+ IF NECESSARY)

San Jose State vs Air Force – 2 p.m. (Mountain West Network)

Army

Taking three of four over the weekend, Army didn’t allow its already known destiny to get into the way of its winning ways.

“It wasn’t a pretty weekend, but the guys did a good job getting three out of four [wins this weekend]. I’m really happy for the seniors and that we got to send them off with a win,” head coach Jim Foster said postgame Sunday, “Now, we have to get ready for the next step, the Patriot League playoffs. We still haven’t put it all together yet, but we’re working at it. We need guys to get healthy and get through exams. I’m proud of them. They did a great job this regular season and continued to fight and compete.”

On Saturday, the story was early offense. The Black Knights got to work in the bottom of the first of game one, scoring five runs. They ultimately ended up winning that game by a score of 10-3. The second game was broken open by seven Lehigh runs in the second inning, ending in a 12-5 result.

Army would sweep its second Sunday doubleheader of the season, beating Lafayette by scores of 8-6 and 14-12.

Derek Berg was named the Patriot League Player of the Week after hitting .400 with nine RBI in that four-game span. Connelly Early was named Patriot League Pitcher of the Year while head coach Jim Foster was Coach of the Year. On the Patriot League first team, Connelly Early, Tanner Gresham, Ross Friedrick, Derek Berg, Kevin Dubrule, Sam Ruta and Nick Manesis all won honors.

The Black Knights will open the Patriot League tournament against Holy Cross. Army won all five games against the Crusaders this season with four of the results being by 6+ runs.

Air Force

It was a tough weekend at Tony Gwynn Stadium for the Falcons, losing two of three to San Diego State.

Air Force would rally to win game one, scoring eight runs in the final two innings. It was the first time this season that the Falcons won after trailing for eight innings this season.

The next two games wouldn’t be as giving as the Falcons got shut out on Saturday, 12-0, and lost on Sunday in extra innings, 7-6.

Air Force will end its home schedule against San Jose State this weekend. They are currently one game out of fourth place in the Mountain West.

Navy

Both of Navy’s games over the weekend got rained out, ending the season earlier than expected for the Midshipmen.

Eduardo Diaz won Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year honors as Christian Policelli was an at-large member of the league’s first team.