Baseball Dominates UMES in Home Opener, 21-1
Feb. 22, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy baseball team registered a pair of eight-run innings and scored a total of 21 runs off 19 hits in defeating Maryland Eastern Shore, 21-1, in the home opener on Wednesday at Max Bishop Stadium. The lopsided win marked Navy's largest margin of victory since defeating Hartford, 24-2, on March 22, 2003 in Annapolis.
"When you score 21 runs, you're going to get a complete effort," said Navy head coach Paul Kostacopoulos. "We really kind of struggled to hit last weekend and it was good to get that out of our minds and have a few guys break through in the hit column."
Not overlooked in Navy's offensive outburst was the performance of starting pitcher Johnny Schoberl, who threw five-complete innings in his first start since April 24 last season. Schoberl was forced to miss the remainder of the 2011 season due to an injury and also missed all of fall practice while recovering from surgery.
"It was really encouraging, from the aspect that he hasn't pitched competitively in a start since April," said Kostacopoulos about Schoberl's performance. "He showed us that he's on his way back. Everything that he did was encouraging today. There were certain parts of his game today that have to get better, but it was a good start and I was happy for him."
Schoberl allowed one run off three hits, issued one walk and struck out three as he earned the win.
Leading 2-1 in the bottom of the second inning, Navy scored eight runs as it sent 12 batters to the plate. Dupell, who had an RBI triple in the first inning, and David Wiedeman both picked up two-RBI singles, while Grant LaTerza got his first collegiate hit with a two-RBI double to highlight the scoring.
Greg Bryant and Dave Milanes also picked up RBI singles in the inning.
Navy got help from two UMES errors in the bottom of the fifth inning and went on to score eight runs off four hits to go ahead, 18-1. Hahn, Dupell, Brad Borosak and Chance Jones, who had a two-RBI double, all drove in runs in the frame.
Borosak picked up his second RBI single of the day and Dylan Wheeler added a two-RBI base knock in the bottom of the eighth inning to cap the scoring.
UMES (0-4) starter Zach Saca was pulled after facing three batters in the eight-run, Navy-second inning as he took the loss to fall to 0-2.
Now 3-1 on the season, Navy will travel to Kinston, N.C., to meet Air Force in the Freedom Classic. Game one of the three-game series is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Friday at Grainger Stadium.
Wednesday marked the third time since 2003 the Mids have scored at least 20 runs in a game ... Navy last put up 20 runs in a 20-5 win at Lafayette in 2010 ... In 2008, the Midshipmen defeated UMES, 20-6, in Princess Anne.
A total of six Midshipmen recorded their first hit of the season on Wednesday, including: Dupell (3-for-4), LaTerza (1-for-4), Borosak (2-for-3), Wheeler (1-for-2), Nikolai Simonsen (1-for-3) and Josh Moore (1-for-2).
Navy had four stolen bases in Wednesday's win, which was its highest total since swiping six in a win at Lehigh on April 3, 2011.
Navy had its most RBIs (18) since recording 20 in a 20-5 win over Lafayette on May 2, 2010, and its most hits (19) since it had 20 in a 13-3 win over Air Force on Feb. 27, 2011.
Dupell's four RBIs tied a career high ... Prior to Wednesday, his last four-RBI game came on April 25, 2011 at Holy Cross.