Baseball Takes Opening Series at Norfolk State with 13-1 Win on Saturday
Feb. 16, 2013
NORFOLK, Va. - The Navy baseball team carried a 5-1 lead into the eighth inning against Norfolk State on Saturday and then proceeded to score eight more runs off five hits en route to a 13-1 win. The victory in the rubber game of the season-opening series lifted the Mids' record to 2-1. Six different Mids picked up RBIs in the win, while Junior Brandon Beans and sophomore David Wiedeman both had career games at the plate. Beans tied a career high with four hits, while Wiedeman's three hits were a career best and his three RBIs tied his best single-game mark.
"We had some big hits early today that got us going. We were able to stretch the lead and then broke through in the eighth," said Navy head coach Paul Kostacopoulos. "We had 15 hits, so it was a pretty productive day at the plate.
"Overall, it was a good first weekend. The big positive is that we had a chance to play and got a lot of at-bats. We maybe got as much done in three games as we have in three weeks of practice. It takes you a little while to get up to full gear, but every team is in the same boat."
With the game tied at one in the top of the fourth inning, the Midshipmen loaded the bases and took advantage to grab their first lead of the day. Singles by Beans and Chris Cannon, and a walk to Kash Manzelli, set the table for second baseman Dylan Wheeler, who drove a base hit through the left side to bring home two runs. Later in the inning with two outs, Wiedeman made it 4-1 with an RBI single to left field that plated Manzelli.
Beans bumped Navy's lead to 5-1 with an RBI single in the top of the seventh inning and then the Mids tacked on eight more runs in the top of the eighth. A bases-loaded walk to Wiedeman got the scoring started and Dave Milanes followed with a two-RBI single. Beans, Manzelli, Chris Campbell and Wheeler also picked up RBI singles in the inning.
Navy staring pitcher Stephen Moore scattered three hits over four-complete innings and had five strikeouts before freshman Luke Gillingham replaced him at the start of the fifth inning. Gillingham tossed three-complete scoreless innings and received plenty of run support to earn his first collegiate win. Sam Sorenson and Dallas Redden worked the eighth and ninth innings, respectively, as the four Navy pitchers combined to not issue a single walk.
"Stephen was very good and very efficient," said Kostacopoulos. "Luke was pretty much the same - very efficient. Both were solid today."
NSU starting pitcher Richie Salter left after Wheeler's go-ahead, two-RBI single in the top of the fourth and was charged with the loss, yielding four runs off six hits.
The Midshipmen will play their first home game of the 2013 season on Wednesday when they host Coppin State at 2 p.m. at Bishop Stadium.