March 10, 2013
AUBURNDALE, Fla. -
A six-run second inning helped propel the Navy baseball team to a 12-0 win over LIU-Brooklyn on Sunday afternoon in Auburndale, Fla. It was the first of six games for Navy (6-7) in the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational.
A total of eight Midshipmen picked up RBIs as Navy posted its first shutout since defeating UMES, 10-0, on April 17 last season. Kash Manzelli led all Mids at the plate, going 5-for-5 with two RBIs.
"It was a collective effort early in the game. We were able to get some base runners and bunch some clutch hits together," said Navy head coach Paul Kostacopoulos.
Navy's big second inning started with consecutive one-out singles by Jonathan Huggins and Manzelli. Chris Campbell then got hit by a pitch to load the bases and David Wiedeman's infield single moved the runners around for a 1-0 lead. Brad Borosak followed by hitting the first pitch he saw into shallow center field to plate Manzelli, and then Robert Currie drove a sac fly to left to field, scoring Campbell.
Greg Dupell, who finished the day 2-for-4, kept the hit parade going with a two-out, two-RBI triple to left-center field that brought in two more runs for a 5-0 lead. Dave Milanes made it 6-0 when he brought in Dupell with an RBI single through the middle.
Navy stretched its lead to 9-0 in the top of the fourth inning as Campbell followed a run-scoring single by Manzelli with a two-RBI single to left field. Both hits came with two outs.
Sacrifice flies by Brandon Beans and Campbell, sandwiched around another RBI single by Manzelli, in the top of the fifth inning helped Navy make it a 12-0 game.
While the Navy offense, which produced 15 hits, did its part, the pitching staff responded in kind by holding LIU-Brooklyn (0-8) to just one hit through six innings. Starter Ben Nelson, who was scheduled to pitch just four innings, struck out five and walked just one. Anthony Parenti (1.0 inning), Luke Gillingham (3.0 innings) and Matt Kilby (1.0 inning) combined to go the rest of the way, racking up a combined six Ks.
"The pitching staff did a great job. We didn't really give them many opportunities to get back in the game," said Kostacopoulos.
Manzelli's five-hit day was the first by a Mid since Jeff Bland had five hits at Lehigh on April 3, 2011.
"There aren't too many days when you get five hits in a game. He was around all our offense today," said Kostacopoulos.
Navy will return to action tomorrow against North Dakota State at 2 p.m. at Chain of Lakes Park in Winter Haven, Fla.