U.S. Military Academy (Army) Black Knights

04/16/2014, 7:00pm EDT
By U.S. Military Academy (Army) Black Knights; Photos By U.S. Military Academy (ARMY) Athletics“We are excited about the upcoming season. We have very good leadership and a good mix of veteran and younger players. We are working hard every day and hope to be playing our best baseball as the season progresses.” – Matt Reid, Head Coach
army-slideshow_largeThe Army baseball team will embark on the 2014 season in search of its eighth Patriot League Tournament Championship and seventh NCAA Regional bid.Army’s weekend rotation will have a bevy of arms to choose from. Gunnar Carroll, used primarily out of the bullpen amassing 14 saves, may move to a starting role. Nick Dignacco, who went 7-2 as a sophomore, is healthy for his senior season. Junior Alex Robinett was 7-4 last year with 62 strikeouts in 86 innings. Junior Brian Hapeman posted a microscopic 1.69 earned run average in 11 appearances last season. Sophomore Brock Davidson went 2-3 last year and figures to play a larger role.Senior catcher Connor Love and sophomore Ben Smith will both see time behind the plate with freshman Baggio Saldivar adding depth.

The Black Knights veteran infield started nearly every game last year. Patrick Mescher played first, sophomore Grant Van Orden second, junior Alex Jensen manned short stop and senior Harold Earls occupied the hot corner. Mescher led the team with a .341 batting average in 2013 and knocked in 40 runs. Van Orden hit .238 while Jensen batted .292. Earls hit .254 and scored 35 runs.Senior Jon Crucitti, sophomore Jacob Page and juniors Daniel Cortes and Mark McCants are expected to anchor the outfield. Crucitti led the team with 43 runs scored and will start in right. Page collected All-Patriot League honors in center and was third on the squad with a .307 batting average. Cortes played in 21 games last season in left. McCants, also a designated hitter, was second on the team with a .314 average and six doubles. Sophomore Ryan Levenhagen and freshmen Brock Davidson will provide depth in the outfield.

Player Spotlight

Senior OF Jon Crucitti has played both football and baseball at Army. Missed sophomore baseball season due to injury. Missed senior year of football because of injury and rehabilitation to be ready for the baseball season.

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