Army’s West Point claims fourth straight Patriot League baseball title (5.26.22)

WEST POINT, NY – No. 1 Army West Point (31-22, 18-7 PL) clinched his record fourth straight Patriot League title by beating No. 2 Bucknell (22-26, 14-11 PL), 12-2 , in Game 3 of the best two-of-three Championship Series at Johnson Stadium at Doubleday Field.

The Black Knights brought 11 batters home in a six-run first inning to set the tone for their Game 3 win. Army West Point went on to score 12 runs on 21 hits to earn the League’s automatic spot in the NCAA Division I baseball championship for the 10th time in program history and fourth under head coach Jim. Foster, the 21 hits were three hits shy of the Patriot League Championship single-game record.

West Point Army third baseman Sam Ruta went 4-for-4 with two runs to earn Patriot League Tournament MVP honors. Last season’s tournament MVP, junior first baseman Ross Friedrick went 4-for-5 with three runs and an RBI and senior center Hunter Meade went 2-for-5 with two RBIs to win all the honors of the tournament. Sophomore LHP Sean Dennehy pitched 1.2 scoreless innings with three strikeouts in Game 3 after picking up the win in Game 1 to join Ruta, Friedrick and Meade on the All-Tournament team.

Austin Odell, Bucknell’s senior RHP, pushed the series to Game 3 by allowing just one run in 8.0 innings to claim the Game 2 win and receive all-tournament honors. Senior receiver Logan Kellerman and senior first baseman Kendall Pierson joined Odell on the All-Tournament team.

Holy Cross first-year third baseman Brendan Jones and first-year second baseman Connor Peek, as well as second-year Lehigh wide receiver Andrew Nole and second-year shortstop Tyler Young all made part of the Patriot League All-Tournament Team.

2022 Patriot League Baseball All-Tournament Team

Sam Ruta, Army West Point, So., 3B – Tournament MVP
Ross Friedrick, Army West Point, Jr., 1B
Hunter Meade, West Point Army, Father, FC
Sean Dennehy, Army West Point, So., LHP
Austin Odell, Bucknell, Sr., RHP
Logan Kellerman, Bucknell, father, C
Kendall Pierson, Bucknell, Sr., 1B
Brendan Jones, St. Croix, Fr., 3B
Connor Peek, St. Croix, Fr., 2B
Andrew Nole, Lehigh, So., C
Tyler Young, Lehigh, So., SS

The Black Knights will learn their playoff destination during the NCAA Division I Baseball Draft Show at noon on Monday, May 30, with coverage on ESPN 2.

For more information on the 2022 Patriot League Baseball Championship, visit CHAMPIONSHIP CENTRAL.

#2 Bucknell Bison at #1 Army West Point (Johnson Stadium at Doubleday Field/West Point, NY)







Date Game Score Cover
Tue, May 24 Championship Series – Bucknell at Army West Point Army, 8-7 ESPN+
Wed 25 May Championship Series – Bucknell at Army West Point Bucknell, 13-3 ESPN+
Thursday May 26 Championship Series – Bucknell at Army West Point Army, 12-2 ESPN+

2022 Patriot League Baseball Championship – Championship Series – Game 3
TO NO. 1 ARMY WEST POINT BLACK KNIGHTS (31-22, 18-7 PL) 12, NO. 2 BUCKNELL BISON (22-26, 14-11 PL) 2
Johnson Stadium at Doubleday Field / West Point, NY

THE SCORE OF THE BOX
WEST POINT, NY –The top-seeded Black Knights had 21 hits and 12 runs to defeat No. 2 Bucknell, 12-2, clinching their record-breaking fourth consecutive Patriot League title on Thursday at Johnson Stadium in Doubleday Field.
*Ruta, the tournament MVP, was one of three Black Knights to finish with four hits. Friedrick, last year’s tournament most valuable player, and senior right fielder Carter Macias both went 4-for-5. Macias drove in a game-high four runs.
* Army West Point recorded six hits and brought 11 batters home in a six-run first inning.
*Friedrick, second baseman Derek Berg and senior catcher Cam Cerruto each made one consecutive singles run. Macias followed with a two-run single before senior center Hunter Meade’s sacrificial fly tackled the sixth run of the first inning.
*Meade doubled to right field in the bottom of the third inning, scoring Macias to extend the lead to 7-0.
* Cerruto fielded a single to the right side of the infield for his second RBI of the game in the fourth inning before sophomore designated hitter Brendan Golinski walked a loaded walk to give the Black Knights a 9- 0.
* Bucknell got on the scoreboard in the top of the fifth inning when sophomore right fielder Grant Voytovich singled to lead sophomore shortstop Anthony Sherwin.
* Bison junior outfielder Kyle Lyons crossed the plate in the seventh inning at senior left fielder Chris Cannizzaro, making it 9-2.
*The Black Knights struck again in the eighth inning when Macias roped in a two-run single to right field. Cerruto would also cross the plate on a double play to make it 12-2.
* Sophomore RHP Mike Ruggieri picked up the win after allowing a run on two hits in 2.0 innings of relief. Senior RHP Anthony LoRicco started and pitched 2.1 scoreless innings.
*Lyons went 3 for 4 with a run scored, while Sherwin and Voytovich both went 2 for 4 for the Bison.
RECAP: BUCKNEL | ARMY WEST POINT

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