Army repeats as Patriot League baseball tournament champion
For the second straight season, the Army baseball team is the Patriot League tournament champion and is headed to the NCAA regionals.
The Black Knights swept Sunday’s doubleheader against Holy Cross in the first two games of the conference's best-of-three championship series in Worcester, Mass.
Army will learn its NCAA regional destination and opponent May 27. The Black Knights are appearing in the tournament for the third time in the past five years.
"I think it's a testament to how much this young team has developed this season," Army coach Joe Sottolano told GoArmySports.com. "It's a testament to their toughness and their belief."
On Sunday, the Black Knights, the tournament’s third-seeded team, defeated the top-seeded Crusaders 9-4 and 5-4.
In the first game, the Black Knights scored five runs in the top of the seventh inning to break open what was previously a tight contest. Grant Van Orden went 3-for-3 with three RBIs, and Patrick Mescher was 2-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored for the Black Knights (29-21).
All-American pitcher Chris Rowley allowed four runs on 11 hits in the complete-game victory.
In the second game, McCants delivered a walk-off, ninth-inning single to clinch the series victory. Harold Earls went 4-for-5 with four runs scored in Game 2, while McCants was 3-for-5 with three RBIs.
Reliever Brian Hapeman earned the victory on the mound.