Navy Edges Georgetown, 2-1
Feb. 28, 2007
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Navy's pitching staff of Oliver Drake (Gardner, Mass.), Chris Murray (Navarre, Fla.) and James Lee (Asheville, N.C.) combined to hold Georgetown to six hits and one unearned run as the Midshipmen edged the Hoyas, 2-1, in baseball action at Terwilliger Brothers Field at Max Bishop Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.
With the win, Navy's record improved to 9-2 on the year. The nine wins in the month of February top the previous school record of eight February wins tallied by the 2006 squad. The 9-2 start to the 2007 slate is the best by a Navy squad since the 1989 team also opened the year with a 9-2 record. Georgetown dropped to 2-4 on the season with the setback.
Drake, making his second start of the season, scattered six hits and one unearned run with two walks and four strikeouts over 6.2 innings in receiving a no-decision. Murray came in relief of Drake and induced an inning-ending foul popout before Lee tossed the final-two innings. Lee did not allow a hit during his relief outing, walking one and striking out three, to improve to 1-0 on the year.
"Every pitcher did exactly what he needed to do," stated Navy head coach Paul Kostacopoulos. "Oliver had a tremendous start today. Chris came in and got the big out to close out the seventh. James pitched with confidence and did a great job."
The Midshipmen jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first when junior Renaldo Hollins (Virginia Beach, Va.) led off with a triple to the left-center gap. Freshman Kendall Bolt (Stockton, Calif.) produced a foul popout against the fence down the right-field line deep enough to score Hollins from third and give the Mids a one-run advantage that would stick until the seventh.
Georgetown capitalized on a Navy throwing error on a double steal to tie the score at one. However, Navy answered with the game-winning run in the bottom of the eighth.
Freshman Steven Soares (Coral Springs, Fla.) led off the eighth with an infield single and moved up to second on a B.J. Bickel (Benson, N.C.) sacrifice bunt. Following a Hollins walk and Bolt single to load the bases, Soares crossed the plate when Mitch Harris' (Mt. Holly, N.C.) was booted by Georgetown third baseman Joseph Graziano.
Bolt finished the afternoon 1-for-2 with a walk and a RBI, while Hollins posted a 1-for-3 effort at the plate with a walk and a run scored. Navy was out-hit by its guests, 6-5.
Georgetown starter Jimmy Saris was tagged with the loss despite giving a complete-game effort. He walked only two and struck out nine in falling to 0-2 on the campaign.
The Midshipmen return to action when they open a three-game set with Central Connecticut State in Annapolis with a Saturday doubleheader starting at noon. Live stats will be available via GameTracker on www.navysports.com(.)