Five Black Knights Earn All-Patriot League Honors

Chris Rowley

Chris Rowley

May 7, 2013

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - After helping the Black Knights to their ninth 25-win season in the last 10 years, five members of the Army baseball team were named to the All-Patriot League Team, it was released by the conference office Tuesday afternoon.

Starting pitcher Chris Rowley and shortstop Alex Jensen were both selected to the All-Patriot League first team, while starting pitcher Alex Robinett, outfielder Jacob Page and designated hitter Mark McCants each earned a spot on the second unit.

Rowley, who earned first-team plaudits for the second consecutive season, leads the Patriot League in wins (seven), earned run average (2.60) and strikeouts (63). The senior right-hander ranks tied for third in the conference with 72.2 innings pitched, while listing seventh in opponents' batting average (.268). Rowley tossed four complete games and a pair of shutouts this season, and his eight career blankings rank first all-time at Army.

After posting back-to-back productive campaigns, Rowley has moved into a tie for third place on Army's all-time wins list with 23 career victories. He also ranks fourth all-time in strikeouts (204) and fifth in innings pitched (252.0). His .742 winning percentage (23-8) lists fifth on the Black Knights' all-time list.

Jensen collected his first All-Patriot League award with his inclusion on the first team. The sophomore shortstop leads Army and ranks second in the Patriot League with 37 RBI. Jensen's name also appears among the conference leaders in slugging percentage (.424), batting average (.308), runs scored (36), doubles (nine) and on-base percentage (.387).

Robinett was also named to the All-Patriot League Team for the first time in his career as the sophomore righty earned second-team laurels. He finished the regular season ranked second in the Patriot League in earned run average (2.72) and sixth in strikeouts (51). Robinett matched Rowley for the conference lead in victories (seven), while ranking tied for third in innings pitched (72.2). He also lists second in the league in opponents' batting average (.229).

Page was the only freshman named to the All-Patriot League Team as the first-year outfielder picked up second-team accolades. Army's starting center fielder leads the team in home runs (three), triples (four) and slugging percentage (.459), ranks second in batting average (.312), and lists third in RBI (31) and stolen bases (11). Page also posted a sparkling .992 fielding percentage, recording four outfield assists and committing only one error in 124 chances.

McCants was named to the All-Patriot League Team for the second year in a row after being tabbed to the first unit last spring. The second-team selection boasts a .296 batting average to go along with six doubles and 19 RBI. McCants, who has started 33 games at DH this season, is 8-for-9 on stolen base attempts and has scored 19 runs.

Regular-season champion Holy Cross topped all Patriot League members with seven All-Patriot League honorees this spring. The Crusaders also collected three of the conference's four major awards. Army and Navy both had five all-league picks. The Black Knights have piled up an astounding 123 All-Patriot League selections since joining the conference in 1993. Despite joining the league two years after its inception, Army still owns more all-conference certificates than any other conference school. Bucknell stands second with 107 all-league selections.

Army will return to action this weekend (May 11-12) when the third-seeded Black Knights travel to Annapolis, Md., to face second-seeded Navy in the Patriot League Tournament semifinals. First pitch for Saturday's doubleheader is set for noon. If necessary, the teams will play a single game on Sunday beginning at noon.

Should Army defeat Navy in the three-game series, the Black Knights would advance to the Patriot League Championship Series for the third straight season. Army would either host fourth-seeded Bucknell or travel to face top-seeded Holy Cross in another best-of-three set, May 18-19.

2013 ALL-PATRIOT LEAGUE BASEBALL TEAMS

FIRST TEAM ALL-PATRIOT LEAGUE
SP: Stephen Moore, Navy
SP: Chris Rowley, ARMY
RP: John Colella, Holy Cross
C: Dave Milanes, Navy
1B: Jordan Enos, Holy Cross
2B: Kevin Casey, Lafayette
SS: Alex Jensen, ARMY
3B: Mike Ahmed, Holy Cross
OF: Greg Dupell, Navy
OF: Evan Ocello, Holy Cross
OF: Patrick Puentes, Holy Cross
DH: Corey Furman, Bucknell

SECOND TEAM ALL-PATRIOT LEAGUE *
SP: Donny Murray, Holy Cross
SP: Alex Robinett, ARMY
RP: Joel Rinehart, Navy
C: Joe Abeln, Lehigh
1B: Kash Manzelli, Navy
2B: Travis Clark, Bucknell
SS: John Elson, Lehigh
3B: Carter Bumgardner, Bucknell
OF: Brandon Cipolla, Holy Cross
OF: Jacob Page, ARMY
OF: Justin Pacchioli, Lehigh
OF: Andrew Ruck, Lafayette
OF: Casey Turner, Lehigh
DH: Mark McCants, ARMY

* The All-Patriot League Second Team has two extra outfielders due to ties in voting.

2013 PATRIOT LEAGUE MAJOR AWARDS
Player of the Year: Jordan Enos, Holy Cross
Pitcher of the Year: John Colella, Holy Cross
Rookie of the Year: Andrew Andreychik, Bucknell
Coach of the Year: Greg DiCenzo, Holy Cross

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