LEWISBURG, Pa. -- Bucknell centerfielder Chuckie Scales earned his first career Patriot League Player of the Week honor on Monday, after a terrific weekend in which he was the catalyst for one rally after another. Scales hit .615 with eight hits in 13 plate appearances over four games, leading the Bison to a 2-1-1 record while cliniching a Patriot League Tournament berth.
In two contests at Lafayette on Saturday, Scales went 5-for-6 and scored runs after each of the five hits. In Bucknell's 7-1 victory in the opener, Scales was 3-for-3, scoring three times while driving in another run. He was 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored in the nightcap, which was tied 3-3 when it was called due to thunderstorms.
Scales, who went 1-for-3 and 2-for-4 in two games at Lehigh on Sunday, also stole three bases on the weekend, giving him a team-high 13 on the season. Scales has upped his season batting average to .291 after an 0-for-17 start. Batting out of the No. 9 spot in the Bison lineup, he is hitting a robust .397 in Patriot League games, the best mark in the league by a wide margin over Navy's Liam Lowery (.342). His 12 stolen bases in league play ranks second, while his 15 runs scored rank eighth.
Bucknell is 13-10-1 in Patriot League play and has clinched a berth in the Patriot League Tournament. The Bison have one regular-season contest remaining, a makeup date with Holy Cross on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. The semifinal series of the Patriot League Tournament will be held May 12-13. The Bison will play at either Army West Point or Navy.