Baseball: Army still alive

It's been a tough season for the Army baseball team but right now the Black Knights are back where they belong... in the hunt for a Patriot League title and NCAA berth.

It's been a tough season for the Army baseball team but right now the Black Knights are back where they belong... in the hunt for a Patriot League title and NCAA berth.

Army's proud baseball program took some left hooks earlier in the season, losing seven games in a row before finally pulling off a victory. Later the Cadets dropped three of four games to rival Navy on the hollowed grounds of Doubleday Field. The guys in Black and Gold don't know the meaning of the word "quit" though.

Army, under the tutelage of 14th year head coach Joe Sottolano, has battled back and now has a shot at winning the Patriot League Tournament and getting back to the NCAA. Winning the Patriot is something that Army has grown accustomed to. The Black Knights have won Patriot regular season titles in 1997, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012. Army won Patriot League Tournament titles in 1997, 2000, 2004, 2005, 2009 and 2012.

However, winning another conference title will not be easy. The Black Knights must win two of three at Navy on May 11-12. If Army can pull off two wins against the Mids they'll earn the right to face either Holy Cross or Bucknell for an NCAA Regional berth. Holy Cross steamrolled through its Patriot schedule going 15-5 including a 3-of-4 game series win at Army over the weekend.

Yes, it won't be easy, but that's why they play the game. The Black Knights get home matches against NYIT (Wed., 3:30 pm), Hartford, Nyack and Chestnut Hill to prepare for Navy.

Don't be surprised to see the Army Black Knights heading to the NCAA yet again.

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