March 10, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
Five players had multiple RBIs and the Navy baseball team scored runs in all but two innings as it handily defeated UMBC, 15-2, on Saturday afternoon at Max Bishop Stadium. Senior Andrew Hahn led a relentless Navy offense as he went 4-for-5 with a career-high four RBIs. Brandon Beans and Kash Manzelli tied career highs with three hits as they both went 3-for-5.
"We played well and it was good to see, especially after not playing well last night," said Navy head coach Paul Kostacopoulos. "Today, we played well in all three facets - we hit, we pitched and we played good defense. It was a very good overall performance.
"Andrew got that big hit in the third and that really helped us stretch out our lead. Seeing Greg Dupell, Kash and Beans all get three hits showed we had a pretty balanced attack."
After loading the bases and settling for just one run in the bottom of the second inning, Navy (6-7) blew the game open with five runs in the bottom of the third, highlighted by Hahn's three-RBI triple.
With the bases packed and one out, Hahn belted a triple to deep left-center field that rolled all the way to the fence and easily allowed all three runners to score. David Wiedemen brought Hahn home in the next at-bat with an RBI groundout.
Manzelli, who drove in Navy's first run of the third inning with a single, made the score 7-0 with an RBI double in the bottom of the fourth.
UMBC (2-8) scored a solo run in the top of the fifth inning, but the Mids countered with three more of their own in the bottom of the frame to erase any hopes of a Retriever comeback. Catcher Chris Cannon led off the bottom of the inning with his first-career homer and Beans later drove in two more runs with a single to right field.
Wiedeman and Beans got their second and third RBIs of the game, respectively, with run-scoring singles in the bottom of the sixth inning to make the score 12-1.
Two more Midshipmen added to their RBI totals for the day in the bottom of the seventh as Cannon reached base on an error, scoring Chance Jones, and Hahn singled through the left side to bring in Dupell.
Cannon closed the scoring with his third RBI of the game in bottom of the eighth inning as his sacrifice fly plated Chris Campbell.
While the offense did its job to extend the lead, Navy starting pitcher Johnny Schoberl never gave the Retrievers a chance to creep back into the game. The junior right-hander struck out a season-high seven batters and scattered six hits in six and two-thirds innings. Schoberl, who yielded both UMBC runs, retired eight consecutive batters at one point en route to picking up his second win of the season.
"Johnny did a good job of pitching with the lead, which can be challenging because everyone is telling you to throw strikes and it can take you out of your normal rhythm," said Kostacopoulos. "But, he didn't get away from his routine and he just kept pitching his game and did a nice job."
UMBC starter Jon Cohn held the Mids without a hit in the first inning, but went on to allow 10 runs (nine earned) off 12 hits before being pulled in the top of the fifth.
The two teams will meet in the rubber match tomorrow at Max Bishop Stadium with first pitch set for 1 p.m.