March 2, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
The Navy baseball team got a 3-2 walk-off win in game one of doubleheader with Central Connecticut, but fell in game two, 4-2, on cold, 38-degree Saturday afternoon at Max Bishop Stadium in Annapolis. With the split Navy is now 5-6 and CCSU is 2-1.
With game one tied at two in the bottom of the seventh inning, Central Connecticut relief pitcher Nick Boyd walked David Wiedeman and then Greg Dupell drew a four-pitch walk to bring in the winning run. A three-run second inning by the Blue Devils in game two proved to be the difference as they won, 4-2.
Navy starting pitchers Anthony Parenti (game one) and Johnny Schoberl (game two) each struck out eight batters, keeping the Mids in both seven-inning games.
"The starting pitching was very good today. I was very encouraged," said Navy head coach Paul Kostacopoulos. "Anthony didn't issue many free passes and just did a really solid job and kept us in the game. Johnny's start was very encouraging as well. He really took a jump today and that was something this team needs. It was a good outing even though we didn't come out on the right side."
The Midshipmen scored the first runs of game one off four hits in the bottom of the third inning. Ryan Moody got things going for Navy as in his first-career at-bat he drilled the first pitch he saw into the gap in right-center field for a double. Brad Borosak then gave Navy a 1-0 lead when he went the other way with an RBI single into left field. Greg Dupell followed with a single into right field to plate Borosak for a 2-0 advantage.
After a walk and single in the first inning, Parenti retired eight consecutive Blue Devil hitters, seven of which came via strikeout. In the top of the fourth, a walk and single put CCSU runners at the corners, but a 4-6-3 double play got the Mids out of the inning unscathed.
The Blue Devils pushed across a run in the top of the fifth inning on a fielder's choice RBI from Anthony Turgeon. In the top of the sixth inning, J.P. Sportman led off with a single and then advanced to third base when relief pitcher Joel Rinehart's pickoff throwing attempt to first was low and skipped away from Kash Manzelli. A groundout RBI by Tyler McIntryre later tied the game, 2-2.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, Manzelli led off with a seeing-eye single up the middle to put the eventual-winning run on base. A sacrifice bunt by Chris Cannon and then a fielder's choice gave the Mids runners at the corners with two outs. Four-pitch walks by Boyd to Wiedeman and Dupell, respectively, loaded the bases and brought home the winning run.
Freshman Sam Sorenson, who recorded the final out the sixth inning and then retired the side in the top of the seventh, earned his first-career win.
An RBI double from Dupell in the bottom of the first inning of game two gave Navy a 1-0 lead, but the Blue Devils responded in the top half of the second by scoring three runs - all with two outs. An RBI single by Chris Renzoni drove in the first run and then Mike Washburn belted a two-run triple to left field for a 3-1 advantage.
An RBI single by McIntyre made it 4-1 in the top of the third inning.
Dupell got his second hit of the game in the bottom of the fourth inning, breaking Cody Brown's string of eight consecutive Navy hitters retired. Two batters later, Brandon Beans plated Dupell with an RBI single that dropped in shallow right field to make the score 4-2.
Brown proved to be too much the rest of the way, yielding just two more hits, as he went the distance for the complete-game win.
Schoberl finished with eight strikeouts - his highest total since also fanning eight against Bucknell in 2011. He scattered seven hits over 6.1 innings and fell to 0-2 on the year.
Dupell led all players in game two with three hits and went a combined 4-for-6 in the two games.
"It was solid baseball all day long today with just one error," said Kostacopoulos. "If you get that kind of solid play, you're going to have good baseball and we're going to find a way to win those close games."
The Mids will look for a series split tomorrow when the two teams meet in the finale at noon at Max Bishop Stadium.