Dueling aces key to Army's success




June 1, 2012

Chris Rowley and Logan Lee both came into Army's baseball season with something to prove.

The pitchers had disappointing years in 2011. Rowley and Lee were a combined 9-13.

A friendly competition turned around their careers. Rowley, who improved his mental approach and Lee, looking for the right mix of his five pitches, tried to outduel each other with each start. Rowley threw a two-hitter against Harvard. Lee followed with a one-hitter.

Rowley one-hit Bucknell the next weekend. Lee fired Army's fourth career no-hitter.

The pair's breakthrough seasons are a key reason why Army is enjoying its best year in academy history.

Rowley and Lee have won 19 of their 21 decisions, giving Army coach Joe Sottlolano the difficult decision of who will start in his team's NCAA regional game against host Virginia at 11 a.m. Friday.

Sottolano is expected to give Rowley, a junior righty, the ball and another game of one-upmanship will be on.

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