Central Connecticut Shuts Down Navy in Series Opener
March 1, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Central Connecticut starting pitcher Jack Greenhouse scattered five hits over seven-complete innings to help the Blue Devils defeat Navy, 7-1, on Friday afternoon at Max Bishop Stadium in Annapolis. Greenhouse and reliever Brendyn Karinchak limited the Mids to just six hits in the game, while the Blue Devils put up 16 as they took the first of four meetings between the teams this weekend.
Leading 3-1 in the top of the ninth inning, the Blue Devils pushed across four more runs to seal the game.
"They did a really good job of controlling their bats - they swung the bat very well," said Navy head coach Paul Kostacopoulos. "They kept the pressure on us all game with their offensive abilities."
The Blue Devils (1-0) got to Navy starting pitcher Ben Nelson in the top of the first inning as the first three hitters all reached safely to load the bases. A one-out bloop single by Tyler McIntyre drove in a pair of runs for a 2-0 CCSU lead. Nelson limited any further damage though by getting Dominic Severino to ground into an inning-ending double play in the next at-bat.
Greenhouse yielded just one hit until the bottom of the fourth inning when Greg Dupell followed a base hit by Dave Milanes with a double to deep right field. Milanes scored on the double, pulling Navy to within a run.
Greenhouse was able to strand Dupell at second base in the fourth inning and gave up just two hits the rest of the way. Jonathan Huggins' leadoff double in the bottom of the sixth inning looked like it might spark the Navy offense, but three straight groundouts quickly quieted the threat.
Nelson did his best to keep Navy (4-5) in the game after the two-run first inning. While he allowed base runners in each of the next six frames, he didn't surrender another run. He left the game with two outs in the top of the seventh and Navy trailing, 2-1.
"Ben really gave us a chance to win," said Kostacopoulos. "It was another quality start from him."
In the top of the eighth, a leadoff double by McIntyre helped CCSU extend its advantage. Mike Washburn cashed in two batters later with an RBI single to make it a 3-1 game.
In the top of the ninth inning, Central Connecticut put the game away with four runs off four hits - all doubles - and one Navy error. J.P. Sportman, McIntyre and Severino all had RBIs in the inning.
Karinchak, who pitched the final two innings, held Navy to just one hit to earn the save.
For Nelson, it was his first loss of the year. He allowed 10 hits, struck out seven batters and issued just one walk.
The two teams will continue the series tomorrow with a doubleheader at Max Bishop Stadium beginning at 11 a.m.
"We have to find ourselves, offensively," said Kostacopoulos. "We have to come out tomorrow with a positive attitude and get things going."