Navy Cruises to 16-1 Win over Maryland Eastern Shore
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Navy baseball team kicked off a busy slate of action on Thursday afternoon with a 16-1 non-conference victory over Maryland Eastern Shore at Terwilliger Brothers Field at Max Bishop Stadium. The Mids (9-4) jumped on the Hawks (1-9) from the first inning with a six-run frame and rode a strong 7.0-inning start from freshman Tommy Goodridge (San Diego, Calif.) to the win. Over the course of the nine innings on Thursday, 11 different Midshipmen, including all nine starters, tallied hits off of Hawk pitching.
“This was really solid team win,” remarked head coach Paul Kostacopoulos. “Our offense got production from throughout the lineup; every starter had a hit. That’s good to see that the work we put in during practice this week had an effect. To complete our game, our defense did their job and we got another strong start out of Tommy.”
Making his second collegiate start, Goodridge opened Thursday’s game with 4.1 innings of perfect, no-hit baseball. Over the course of his 7.0-inning outing he allowed just three hits and a single run in the fifth. He walked zero Eastern Shore players and struck out four.
“Tommy does a great job of throwing strikes and getting soft contact,” said Kostacopoulos. “He’s very efficient and pitches with a purpose.”
Offensively, six Mids had multiple hits with the trio of Jacob Williamson (So., Sims, N.C.), Zach Biggers (So., Walhalla, S.C.) and Stephen Born (Sr., Strafford, Pa.) all collecting two or more hits and two or more RBIs. Williamson went 3-for-5 with a double and three RBIs, while Biggers drove in three during his 2-for-3 day at the plate. Buoyed by a second-inning triple, Born went 3-for-6 with two RBIs.
After Goodridge shut down the Hawks in the top of the first inning, the Mids’ offense attacked the opposition with vigor as 10 batters came to the plate on its way to a six-run first. Six of the first seven Navy players to face Eastern Shore’s starting pitcher Dwayne Marshall reached base to open the game. The seventh, Biggers, was out on a sacrifice bunt. Williamson was the first player to cash in with an RBI as he singled home Logan Knowles (Sr., Port Orchard, Wash.). Consecutively, Evan Lowery (So., Williamsburg, Va.) and Christian Hodge (Jr., Winder, Ga.) drove in runs two and three. The Mids fourth run came via a wild pitch before Ben Lowe (Sr., Memphis, Tenn.) and Michael Coritz (So., Clifton, Va.) plated the final two runs of the frame.
Up 6-0, Goodridge got his offense back on the field almost immediately as he retired the Hawks in order on four pitches in the top of the second. The Mids continued swinging hot bats in the bottom of the second and added a seventh run to their lead as Born tripled to right field and was promptly driven in by Biggers.
It was more of the same in the third as Eastern Shore was retired three-up, three-down and Navy responded in the bottom of the stanza. Liam Lowery (Jr., Williamsburg, Va.) left his mark in the box score with a loud solo home run over the right field wall to open the bottom of the third.
With the score 8-0, Goodridge continued twirling his perfect game into the fifth inning when Jamison Trower gave Eastern Shore its first base runner of the game with a single to left field with one out. Two batters later, a double to the left-center field gap by Jessey Valdez gave the Hawks their first and only run of the contest. Navy immediately built its lead back out to eight runs in the bottom of the fifth when Knowles singled home Liam Lowery to make it 9-1.
Navy tagged Eastern Shore’s bullpen for seven more combined runs over the sixth, seventh and eighth innings to cap the game at a 16-1 margin. Williamson registered single RBIs in both the sixth and seventh innings, while Biggers doubled home two in the seventh. Aaron Ahn (Fr., Marlboro, N.J.) came off the bench in the seventh and tagged Hawks pitchers for a double in his first at bat and an RBI single in his second at bat in the eighth. Born singled home the game’s final two runs.
For the contest, Navy outhit Eastern Shore, 20-6. Knowles (3), Born (3), Williamson (3), Biggers (2), Evan Lowery (2) and Ahn (2) all recorded multiple hits for the Mids versus the Hawks.
Goodridge earned the victory as he faced just two over the minimum (23) in his seven innings. He improved to 3-0 on the season. Over his four appearances this season, he has three wins, a save and a 0.57 ERA in 15.2 innings.
Navy will continue its run of four games in four days at home on Friday with the opening of its three-game series with Rider University. First pitch between the Mids and Broncs is set for 2 p.m. at Terwilliger Brothers Field at Max Bishop Stadium.