Baseball Defeats Washington College On Monday, 9-3
March 10, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy baseball team (6-7) took a 9-3 victory over Washington College (2-3) on Monday afternoon in the first meeting between the two Maryland schools since 1957. Led by strong starting pitching from George Coughlin (Arvada, Colo.), Navy's bats backed up its freshman hurler with 13 total hits and runners on base in seven of eight innings.
In his first collegiate start, Coughlin earned the win on the mound with final line of 5.0 innings pitched, five strikeouts and one unearned run allowed on three hits. Sam Sorenson (So., Etters, Pa.) finished off the game for the Mids with 2.1 innings of scoreless relief work and four strikeouts.
Offensively, four Midshipmen collected multiple hits as the team outhit the Shoremen 13-6. Brad Borosak (Jr., Jupiter, Fla.) went 3-for-5 with two runs scored, while Leland Saile (Fr., Land O'Lakes, Fla.) and Brandon Beans (Sr., Hartsville, S.C.) led the team with two RBIs a piece.
"We swung the bats pretty good today," said Navy head coach Paul Kostacopoulos. "We hit a lot of line drives and for a team that is struggling on offense that's always good to see because it brings out some confidence. Our offense and getting a good result out of George in his first collegiate start were the leading positives from today."
Navy jumped out early on Washington with three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Saile came through with the big hit as he plated Robert Currie (So., Atlanta, Ga.) and Kash Manzelli (Sr., Dunwoody, Ga.) with a long double to the right-center field gap. The next batter, Connor Deneen (So., Tustin, Calif.) drove in Saile with a single through the right side to complete the scoring.
With a 3-0 lead, Coughlin cruised over the next two innings as he faced just six batters. The Shoremen were eventually able to push across their first run against Coughlin in the top of the fourth when they took advantage of a three-base fielding error.
The Mids responded in their portion of the fourth with two runs as Borosak and Travis Blue (Fr., Orange, Calif.) came around to score on a two-out double to the left-center field gap by Beans.
Washington College cut into Navy's 5-1 lead in the sixth with a single run. The Shoremen's Charlie Meder notched his third hit of the afternoon with an RBI triple to straight away center field to make it 5-2.
Similar to Washington's first time scoring, Navy once again came back and answered with runs of its own. Currie was the first Mid across the plate in the bottom of the sixth as he led off with a single through the left side before stealing second and scoring on a wild pitch to the backstop by the Shoremen's Chase Thomas. Beans was Navy's second run of the inning as he came in on a single by Manzelli. Three batters later, Manzelli registered the team's eighth run of the game on a two-out Drew Hayes (So., Collegeville, Pa.) single.
The seventh inning saw each team score for the final time as both Washington and Navy notched solo runs. Borosak scored the Midshipmen's ninth run after leading off with a stand-up triple to right-center field. The junior second baseman would come in to score two batters later on a Blue sacrifice fly.
Sorenson closed out the Shoremen over the final 2.1 innings as the sophomore got out of an inherited bases loaded jam in the seventh before striking out two in each of the eighth and ninth innings.
"Sam has good stuff and we just need to keep getting him out there," said Kostacopoulos. "He did a good job with his location and keeping his fastball low and at the batter's kneecaps today."
In the final 9-3 win, four Mids ended up with multiple hits: Borosak (3), Currie (2), Saile (2) and Hayes (2), while on the mound, each of Navy's four pitchers registered at least one strikeout.
Coughlin earned the win improve to 1-1 overall and saw his ERA drop to 1.10 with Monday's performance. Sam McGovern, Washington's starter, took the loss to fall to 1-1 on the year.
"The key is that we keep playing," said Kostacopoulos. "Baseball is so reactionary and built on timing that the more you play, the better you'll get."
Navy is scheduled to be back in action on Thursday with a road matchup at UMBC. First pitch between the Mids and Retrievers is slated for 3 p.m.