March 3, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
Central Connecticut defeated the Navy baseball team, 6-4, in the finale of the four-game series on Sunday afternoon at Max Bishop Stadium in Annapolis. The Blue Devils scored a pair of runs in the second and third innings and the difference proved to be a two-run homer by Ryan Beal in the top of the seventh. Navy is now 5-7 with the loss and CCSU is 3-1.
Trailing 4-0, Navy scored solo runs in the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth innings, but wasn't able to fight all the way back and tie the game.
"We didn't play well the first four innings and put ourselves behind the eight ball. But, we kept after them and stayed in the game," said Navy head coach Paul Kostacopoulos. "It's a nine-inning game and you have to play all nine innings to give yourself a chance to win."
The Blue Devils sent eight hitters to the plate in the top of the second inning and took a 2-0 lead off a wild pitch from starting pitcher Brad Borosak and then an RBI single from Chris Renzoni. Central Connecticut made it 4-0 in the top of the third as Dominic Severino doubled in a run and Beal followed with an RBI single.
Central Connecticut starting pitcher Nick Neumann held the Midshipmen to just one hit through four innings, but a leadoff double by a pinch-hitting Dave Milanes in the bottom of the fifth inning led to the first Navy run of the game. Milanes later scored on an RBI groundout by Connor Deneen.
In the bottom of the sixth, an RBI triple to right-center field by Brandon Beans plated Greg Dupell to cut the CCSU lead to 4-2. The Mids were unable to get Beans home though and in the top of the next inning the Blue Devils regained their four-run lead with Beal's two-out, two-run homer down the right field line.
Navy didn't go away though as another leadoff hit by Milanes - this time a single - in the bottom of the seventh inning led to solo run. Milanes eventually came home on a Borosak groundout RBI to make the score 6-3.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, a two-out RBI single by Milanes pulled Navy to within two at 6-4. But Central Connecticut reliever Brendyn Karinchak got the final out of the inning in the next at-bat, stranding a pair of Navy runners on base.
Josh Ingham retired the Mids in order in the bottom of the ninth to earn the save.
Borosak was charged with the loss as he allowed two runs off four hits in two-complete innings. Luke Gillingham and Stephen Moore also allowed a pair of runs in 2.1 and 2.2 innings of work, respectively.
Neumann earned the win as he gave up three hits and one run in five-complete innings.
Milanes finished the game with season-high three hits.
The Midshipmen are scheduled to return to action this Wednesday for a 2:30 p.m. game at George Mason.