May 6, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -
After helping the Black Knights post a perfect 4-0 mark during the final week of the regular season, three Army players swept the Patriot League's weekly awards, it was announced by the conference Monday afternoon.
Chris Rowley was named the Patriot League Pitcher of the Week for the second time this season, Patrick Mescher was tabbed the conference's Player of the Week for the first time in his career and Jacob Page was lauded as the Patriot League Rookie of the Week for the second time.
Rowley turned in another dominating performance on Saturday, pitching eight shutout innings and allowing just four hits with no walks and seven strikeouts as Army posted a 13-0 blanking of Nyack. He faced just two over the minimum in his eight innings of work thanks to a season-best four double plays turned by the Army defense.
Rowley (7-3) concluded the regular season leading the Patriot League in earned run average (2.60) and strikeouts (63), while tied for the top spot in victories (seven). Rowley was named Patriot League Pitcher of the Week seven times during his standout career, one off the all-time record of eight awards collected by former Army great Nick Hill (USMA '07).
Mescher batted .455 (5-for-11) with three runs scored and six RBIs during Army's perfect week of competition. He also walked four times to record a .545 on-base percentage. He posted career highs with three hits and four RBI in the victory over Nyack on Saturday.
Mescher finished the regular season ranked third in the Patriot League in batting average (.347) and RBI (35), while listing fifth in the conference in on-base percentage (.435).
Page batted a team-best .538 (7-for-13) with four RBI to help spark the Army offense last week. His best performances came during midweek contests against NYIT and Hartford. Page finished 2-for-4 with two RBI in a 7-2 win against NYIT on Wednesday, and went 3-for-4 with two RBI in Army's 4-3 victory over Hartford on Thursday.
Page ended the regular season with a .312 batting average and ranked fifth in the Patriot League with 31 RBI.
Army returns to action on Saturday, May 11, when the third-seeded Black Knights travel to Annapolis, Md., to battle second-seeded Navy in the Patriot League Tournament semifinals. The best-of-three series will begin with a doubleheader on Saturday at 12 p.m.