Baseball Uses Five-Run Seventh Inning to Get Past UMBC
March 11, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy baseball team broke a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the seventh inning with five runs off five hits and went on to defeat UMBC, 6-1, on Sunday in the final game of a three-game series between the teams. Chance Jones and Nikolai Simonsen both went 3-for-4, while Jones drove in three runs, including two on an triple in the key seventh inning.
Navy's big inning started when David Wiedeman drew a leadoff walk and Brandon Beans reached on bunt single. Brad Borosak then followed with an RBI single to right field to score the eventual game-winning run. Another bunt by Simonsen loaded the bases, and Greg Dupell made it 3-1 with an RBI groundout.
Jones followed with his two-RBI triple to deep center field, and two batters later, catcher Chris Cannon made it 6-1 with an RBI double to right field.
"David drew the walk and Brandon got him over and ended up getting a hit. We got runners at first and third and good things started to happen from that point," said Navy head coach Paul Kostacopoulos. "That was really a team inning, everyone did their thing. We were able to get the five runs and get ourselves in command of the game."
Joel Rinehart, who came on in relief with two runners on and no outs in the top of the seventh, seemed to spur the Navy rally when he came into the game and recorded three consecutive outs. With the game tied at one and UMBC looking to take the lead, Rinehart got the first hitter he faced, Max Himmelstein, to fly out to shallow center field. The junior reliever then got back-to-back strikeouts to end the threat.
"Coming in with two on and being able to get out of that jam with no damage was huge," said Kostacopoulos.
Rinehart was one of four pitchers that combined to limit UMBC to just one run in Sunday's series rubber match. Stephen Moore replaced starter Jordan Heller to get the final out of the fourth inning and then pitched a scoreless fifth and sixth inning. Anthony Parenti started the seventh before Rinehart replaced him.
"Our bullpen was huge today," said Kostacopoulos. "Stephen Moore was critical and certainly Joel did a great job at the end of the game. Jordan also pitched out of some jams, so we had a good team effort today."
Rinehart didn't allow a hit in his three complete innings of work and recorded four strikeouts to earn his second win of the season.
UMBC (2-9) starting pitcher Shane Vlasic limited the Midshipmen to six hits through six innings, until the five-run seventh inning ended his day. Vlasic was charged with all six runs as he took the loss.
Jones gave Navy a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when his two-out, RBI single that found its way through the left side plated Borosak.
The Mids held the lead until the fourth inning, when a balk by Heller brought in Joe Allinder from third base to tie the game at one.
Sunday's win brought Navy to 7-7 on the season as it will now travel to Winter Haven, Fla., for four games in the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational. Action will begin on Wednesday at Chain of Lakes Park when the Mids meet Eastern Illinois at 10 a.m.