April 4, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
The Army baseball team resumes its Patriot League schedule this weekend (April 6-7) when the Black Knights travel to Bethlehem, Pa., to face the Mountain Hawks of Lehigh University. The conference rivals will play doubleheaders both days beginning at 12 p.m.
Army (9-14, 1-3 PL) is coming off a 6-4 victory at Fairleigh Dickinson on Wednesday. Alex Jensen's two-run single with two outs in the ninth inning lifted the Black Knights to the win. Jensen and Patrick Mescher both finished 2-for-4 with two RBI in the contest.
Army opened Patriot League play last weekend by dropping three of four games to Navy. The Black Knights will look to get back on track this weekend against Lehigh (15-12, 2-2 PL). The Mountain Hawks split their first conference series of the season at Lafayette last weekend.
Jensen and Mescher are tied for the team lead with identical .333 batting averages. Jensen also paces the club with six doubles, 30 hits, 18 runs batted in and a .422 slugging percentage. Mescher is second on the team in on-base percentage (.469) and third in both RBI (14) and runs scored (18).
Jon Crucitti tops the squad with 23 walks, 22 runs scored and eight stolen bases, while listing fifth with a .307 batting average. Jacob Page, who ranks third on the team with a .329 batting average, is tied with Jensen for the team lead in RBI (18) and lists second in slugging percentage (.407).
Chris Rowley (2-3, 3.93 ERA) and Alex Robinett (3-2, 4.06 ERA) anchor Army's starting rotation. Rowley leads the team with 28 strikeouts and lists second with 36.2 innings pitched, while Robinett paces the staff with 37.2 innings pitched and ranks second with 24 strikeouts.
Lehigh has won five of its last eight games. The Mountain Hawks won both of their midweek games, defeating St. Joseph's (10-7) on Tuesday and Drew (15-7) on Wednesday. LU ranks second in the Patriot League in batting average (.269) and ERA (4.76).
Justin Pacchioli leads Lehigh with a .355 batting average, six doubles and two triples. Joe Abeln, the reigning Patriot League Player of the Week, lists second on the club with a .347 batting average and is tied for the team lead with 18 RBI. Casey Turner (.311 batting average, seven doubles, 17 RBI) and Tyler Brong (.296 batting average, 25 runs scored, 14 RBI) have been consistent offensive contributors as well.
Colin Gotzon (4-2, 3.03 ERA) has emerged as one of Lehigh's top starting pitchers. He currently leads the team in wins, strikeouts (36) and innings pitched (32.2), while ranking third in ERA. Nick Stephens (1-3, 4.50 ERA) tops the Mountain Hawks in saves (three) and appearances (11).
Army and Lehigh have met 107 times since the series began in 1893. The Black Knights hold a 72-35 edge in the all-time series after sweeping the Mountain Hawks at West Point last season. Lehigh took three of four meetings in 2011, though Army swept the regular-season series in 2007, 2009 and 2010.
Following this weekend's series, Army returns home on Wednesday, April 10, when the Black Knights host Fordham at 3:30 p.m.