Feb. 25, 2007
MILLINGTON, Tenn. - Three Missouri pitchers combined to limit Navy to two hits as the Midshipmen were blanked, 5-0, in the final day of the Service Academy Spring Classic on Sunday at USA Stadium.
The loss snaps Navy's seven-game winning streak and drops its record to 8-2 on the year. Missouri ended its three-game losing streak to improve its mark to 6-4 on the campaign.
Navy was held hitless over the first-7.2 innings of the contest before freshman catcher Steven Soares (Coral Springs, Fla.) belted a double off the left field fence. Junior Renaldo Hollins (Virginia Beach, Va.) produced Navy's second hit on the afternoon with a single to right-center in the ninth.
After three scoreless innings to start the game, Missouri took a 1-0 lead in the fourth when Aaron Senne delivered a two-out infield single to score Brock Bond.
The Tigers extended their lead to 4-0 in the sixth on a three-run home run to left off the bat of John McKee. The home run was the first allowed by Navy this season and the first in 129.2 innings, dating back to the Coppin State contest last year.
Navy junior starter Mark McCoy (Parkland, Fla.) pitched well for the Mids, but was tagged for the loss on Sunday. McCoy allowed five hits and four runs, all earned, with three walks and seven strikeouts in 5.1 innings of work. His record dropped to 1-2 on the year.
"Mark pitched great today," stated Navy head coach Paul Kostacopoulos. "He was on and did a tremendous job locating his pitches. This is a top-20 team and he performed very well."
The Midshipmen bullpen of Oliver Drake (Gardner, Mass.), Ridge Alkonis (Claremont, Calif.), Mark Foris (Maspeth, N.Y.), Daniel Kovalcik (Westwood, Mass.) and Jonathan Berkowitz (Parkland, Fla.) combined for one-hit, one-run relief over the final-3.2 innings of the game.
"The bullpen did a fairly average job," said Kostacopoulos. "We need strike throwers and our guys didn't do that today, walking three and hitting two batters. Jonathan (Berkowitz) did a nice, efficient job in the ninth."
Missouri ran wild on the base paths, as it swiped eight bases in as many attempts on the day. Evan Frey accounted for three of the stolen bases, while Bond swiped two bags.
"Obviously this is an area we need to work on," stated Kostacopoulos. "We need to work on the release from the catchers and the pitchers have to do a better job holding runners on."
The Midshipmen return to Annapolis to host Georgetown on Wednesday at Terwilliger Brothers Field at Max Bishop Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 2:30 p.m., and live stats will be available via GameTracker on www.navysports.com(.)