Feb. 8, 2008


Navy gets the nod in the Patriot League


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Today, we take a look at the Patriot League (three out of six coaches participated – new Holy Cross coach Greg DiCenzo deferred having not seen enough of the League).


The team to beat is: Navy


The three top starting pitchers are: Mitch Harris (Navy)*(pictured right, photo by Phil Hoffmann), Cole White (Army)*, Matthew Wilson (Bucknell)*


The top closer is: Jason Buursma (Bucknell)*


The one pitcher you don’t want to face is: Three pitchers received one vote apiece


The most underrated pitcher is: Kevin Reese (Lafayette)*


The best defensive catcher is: Brendan Akashian (Holy Cross)


The best three pure hitters are: Joe Ercolano (Lehigh)*, Cole White (Army) and Brendan Akashian (Holy Cross)


The biggest three power threats are: Mitch Harris (Navy)*, Cole White (Army) and Brendan Akashian (Holy Cross)


The hitter you least want to face is: Cole White (Army)


The most underrated hitter is: Three hitters received one vote apiece


Your favorite road stadium to visit is: Navy


*unanimous selection