Pitching Powers Navy Past Florida A&M, 5-1
Feb. 11, 2007
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Navy sophomore right-handed pitcher Matt White (Yorba Linda, Calif.) threw seven shutout innings to lead the Midshipmen to a 5-1 win over Florida A&M at Moore-Kittles Field on Sunday afternoon.
The Midshipmen improved to 2-1 on the year with the win, while the Rattlers dropped to 1-6.
White needed only 80 pitches, 54 of which were strikes, in scattering two hits with no walks and six strikeouts to get the win.
"The numbers Matt produced today speak for themselves," stated Navy head coach Paul Kostacopoulos. "There were really no threatening innings against him this afternoon. Matt has worked really hard and this was great for him today. As early as it is in the year, this is a big lift for the team, knowing that they can count on him."
The Midshipmen pushed their lead to 4-0 in the fifth with a three-run home run off the bat of junior Mitch Harris (Mt. Holly, N.C.). With senior B.J. Bickel (Benson, N.C.) and junior Renaldo Hollins (Virginia Beach, Va.) in scoring position with two outs, Harris belted the 2-1 offering over the left-field fence with a 410-foot shot.
"Mitch came up with the big hit that we really needed today," said Kostacopoulos. "In the early stages of the season, the lack of clutch hitting can be frustrating, so for Mitch to give that hit with runners in scoring position was huge.
"Today's game really came down to Matt's pitching, Mitch's big hit and solid defense. Kendall (Bolt) and B.J. (Bickel) did a quality job in the middle infield and took away some hits."
Hollins, freshman Jonathan Berkowitz (Parkland, Fla.) and senior Michael Garcia (Kailua, Hawai'i) each posted two hits on the afternoon. The Midshipmen out-hit the Rattlers, 9-3.
Florida A&M starting pitcher Ben Baylor was tagged for the loss in a complete-game effort. He threw 125 pitches in allowing nine hits and four earned runs with no walks and seven strikeouts.
The Midshipmen return to Annapolis to host Iona in their home-opening series on Feb. 17-18 at Terwilliger Brothers Field at Max Bishop Stadium.