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Navy Hosts Bucknell with Patriot League Regular Season Baseball Title on the Line

April 28, 2017

GAMES 47-50: NAVY (33-13, 13-3 PL) vs. BUCKNELL (18-23, 9-7 PL)
 When  Saturday, April 29, 11 a.m. [DH] | Sunday, April 30, 12 p.m. [DH]
 Location  Annapolis, Md. | Terwilliger Brothers Field at Max Bishop Stadium | Directions
 Gm 1 Probable Starting Pitchers  Navy: So. RHP Noah Song (6-2, 3.50) | Bucknell: Jr. RHP Connor Van Hoose (4-5, 2.87)
 Gm 2 Probable Starting Pitchers  Navy: Sr. RHP George Coughlin (4-3, 5.56) | Bucknell: Sr. LHP Mike Castellani (4-1, 3.72)
 Gm 3 Probable Starting Pitchers  Navy: Sr. RHP Kyle Condry (5-1, 3.16) | Bucknell: TBA
 Gm 4 Probable Starting Pitchers  Navy: TBA | Bucknell: TBA
 Live Stats  NavyStats.com
 TV Broadcast  CBS Sports Network (Saturday DH)
 Live Video  Patriot League Network (Sunday DH)
 Game Notes  Navy Notes
 Social Media  @NavyAthletics   |  Facebook  | Instagram 

Navy Hosts Bucknell with Patriot League Regular Season Baseball Title on the Line
ANNAPOLIS, Md.
- The Navy baseball team will conclude its regular season campaign with a four-game home series versus Bucknell this Saturday and Sunday ... Currently sitting in first place, two games ahead of Holy Cross (11-5), the Mids (33-13, 13-3 PL) control their destiny and need three wins to clinch the regular season title and number one seed in the Patriot League postseason tournament against the third-place Bison (18-23, 9-7 PL).

Saturday’s doubleheader will have extra attention on it as it will be broadcast live nationally on the CBS Sports Network ... Carter Blackburn (PxP) and Kevin Stocker (Color) will have the call on the broadcast ... Sunday’s twinbill will be special as well, as prior to the 12 p.m. first pitch, the program will honor its eight-man senior Class of 2017 (Travis Blue, Adrian Chinnery, Kyle Condry, George Coughlin, Jett Meenach, Leland Saile, Brian Wikoff and student assistant Adam Johnson). The Mids have won 136 games over that four-year span, the best four-year mark in the 122 years of Navy baseball.

Around the league, Navy is aiming to hold off Holy Cross, who travels to sixth-place Lafayette for a series, while fifth-place Lehigh is looking to ride a seven-game winning streak into the postseason and overtake Army, who currently sits in fourth, one game ahead of the Mountain Hawks ... The top-four teams will advance into the playoffs with best-of-three semifinal action slated for May 13-14 ... The best-of-three finals will proceed May 20-21.

Navy vs. Bucknell
The Midshipmen are 76-67-1 all-time versus the Bison ... Navy is currently on a two-game winning streak against Bucknell.

Last 10 meetings (8-2)...
5/15/16 at Annapolis, W, 13-6
5/15/16 at Annapolis, W, 5-3
5/14/16 at Annapolis, L, 9-3
5/1/16 at Lewisburg, L, 6-4
5/1/16 at Lewisburg, W, 15-0
4/30/16 at Lewisburg, W, 7-4
4/30/16 at Lewisburg, W, 2-0
3/29/15 at Annapolis, W, 6-5 (14)
3/29/15 at Annapolis, W, 2-1 (10)
3/28/15 at Annapolis, W, 7-1

Mids and Bison, Last Series
After Navy took three of four on the road at Bucknell during the teams’ regular season meeting on April 30-May 1, the two programs reconnected two weeks later for a Patriot League best-of-three semifinal series in Annapolis on May 14-15 ... Following a disappointing 9-3 opening game loss, the Mids came back with vengeance on Sunday with back-to-back win in elimination contests by scores of 5-3 and 13-6, respectively ... Noah Song headlined Navy’s effort as the then-freshman pitched eight shutout innings before getting tagged for two runs in the ninth inning; he left after 8.1 innings and 112 pitches ... In the third game of the series, the Mids left little to chance as they jumped out to a 5-0 lead after two innings and an 11-2 advantage through five ... The middle of Navy’s lineup inflicted most of the damage as the 3-4-5-6 portion (Stephen Born, Sean Trent, Connor Deneen & Leland Saile) combined for 11 hits, nine RBIs and six runs scored ... On the mound, Kyle Condry gave the Mids’ 4.2 innings of quality long relief with just two runs allowed.

Comparing the Teams

Navy Bucknell
Record 33-13 18-23
Batting Avg. .308 .263
On-Base Pct. .392 .360
Runs/Game 7.4 5.0
Stolen Bases-Att. 43-50 27-35
Fielding Pct. .974 .961
ERA 4.06 5.65
K/9 7.6 7.8
Opp. Batting Avg. .264 .290

Stat Leaderboard

Navy Bucknell
Batting Average T. Blue - .360 B. Smith - .331
Runs Scored L. Knowles - 50 B. Smith - 33
Hits T. Blue - 67 B. Smith - 54
Extra-Base Hits T. Blue - 21 B. Smith - 17
RBI L. Saile - 52 S. Clark - 30
Stolen Bases L. Knowles - 16 C. Scales - 9
ERA (Starter) K. Condry - 3.16 C. Van Hoose - 2.87
ERA (Reliever) J. Meenach - 1.91 N. Grisius - 5.14
Wins N. Song - 6 Castellani / Van Hoose - 4
Strikeouts N. Song - 73 C. Van Hoose - 77

Navy in the National Ranking
(Top-50 Team Stats)
         
           Rank (Value)
Triples: 3rd  (22)
Hits: 6th  (483)
Doubles: 9th  (96)
Runs: 11th (339)
Winning Percentage: 18th  (.717)
Hit by Pitch: 19th  (57)
Sacrifice Flies: 19th  (23)
Batting Average: 20th  (.308)
Scoring: 24th  (7.4)
On-Base Percentage: 27th  (.392)
Slugging Percentage: 28th  (.463)
Sacrifice Bunts: 38th  (31)
Walks Allowed/9: 41st  (3.18)
Double Plays (Turned): 45th  (37)

Note on Navy's offensive production ... In the single-season record books, Navy's 2017 team ranks second in home runs (34), fifth in doubles (96), seventh in runs scored (339) and eighth in hits (483) ... The Mids need five home runs, 10 doubles and 37 runs to break the all-time marks.

Parking / Shuttle Information
Fans are reminded that parking at Max Bishop Stadium may be sparce over the weekend and that they may park at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium for $5 and take a shuttle that will run every 10 minutes starting at 10:00 AM, (one hour prior to the DH) and will continue running until one hour after the DH is completed. Enter Gate 5 off Taylor Ave. to park at the stadium.


 

 

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