Army Picked As Patriot League Co-Favorite

Jacob Page

Jacob Page

Feb. 6, 2014

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Army was picked as the league co-favorite and five players were selected preseason all-league as the Patriot League revealed its poll. League head coaches and sports information directors were responsible for voting and could not choose their own players.

Army, which won the Patriot League Tournament Championship last season with a pair of road series victories, received a league-best five first-place votes and 42 points. Navy also received 42 points with three first-place votes. Holy Cross was third, followed by Bucknell, Lehigh and Lafayette.

Pitcher Alex Robinett, shortstop Alex Jensen, third baseman Harold Earls, outfielder Jacob Page and designated hitter Mark McCants were chosen to the Preseason All-League Team.

Army finished 29-23 last season after beating Navy and Holy Cross to win its seventh league title. Army played in the NCAA Charlottesville, Va. Regional, the sixth time the squad has advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

The Black Knights, with a roster featuring seven seniors, seven juniors, 14 sophomores and seven freshmen, open the season Feb. 14-16 with a three-game series at William & Mary. The matchup features a pair of teams that qualified for the NCAA Tournament last season and is the first among the two teams.

Patriot League Baseball Preseason Poll
T1. Army, 42 points (5 first-place votes)
T1. Navy, 42 (3)
3. Holy Cross, 35 (2)
4. Bucknell, 31 (2)
5. Lehigh, 17
6. Lafayette, 13

Preseason Player of the Year: Evan Ocello, Holy Cross (Jr., OF)
Preseason Pitcher of the Year: Stephen Moore, Navy (Jr., SP)

Preseason All-League Team
SP: Alex Robinett, Army (Jr.)

SP: Stephen Moore, Navy (Jr.)
RP: Nick Cassell, Lehigh (Sr.)
C: Joe Abeln, Lehigh (Sr.)
1B: Kash Manzelli, Navy (Sr.)
2B: Andrew Barry, Holy Cross (Sr.)
SS: Alex Jensen, Army (Jr.)
3B: Harold Earls, Army (Jr.)

OF: Brandon Cipolla, Holy Cross (Sr.); Evan Ocello, Holy Cross (Jr.); Jacob Page, Army (So.)
DH: Mark McCants, Army (Jr.)

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