Early Runs Doom Navy in Loss to Valparaiso
March 13, 2013
AUBURNDALE, Fla. - A five-run first inning helped Valparaiso defeat the Navy baseball team, 7-1, on Wednesday morning in Auburndale, Fla. Valparaiso improved to 5-10 with the win, while Navy dropped to 6-9.
"We made some mistakes and it turned into a rough first inning for us," said Navy head coach Paul Kostacopoulos. "It's tough to play from behind."
Valparaiso sent 11 hitters to the plate in the five-run first inning and the trouble started early for Navy. The first three batters reached on a base hit, error and walk, respectively, and John Loeffler followed with a two-RBI single to left field. A fielder's choice RBI by Mark Johnson made it 3-0 and then a two-out error by pitcher Brad Borosak on a play at first base allowed two more runs to come across.
After allowing a pair of base runners in the top of the first inning, Valparaiso starting pitcher Dalton Lundeen retired 12 of the next 13 hitters before a one-out double to center field by Chris Campbell in the top of the fifth gave Navy its best chance to get back in the game. A single by Borosak and then a hit batter packed the bases for the Mids, but Lundeen got Robert Currie to bounce into a 6-4-3 inning-ending double play.
Valparaiso regained its five-run lead though with a solo run in the bottom of the seventh, scoring a run from third base on a double play. The Crusaders added another in the bottom of the eighth as Bryce Hara hit a solo home run to right field.
Lundeen went seven-complete innings and allowed five hits as he earned his first win of the season. After the rocky first inning, Borosak settled into the game and allowed just one hit the rest of the way. Borosak also helped his own cause at the plate, registering a game-high three hits.
Navy will return to action tomorrow when it faces No. 24 Indiana at Chain of Lakes Park in Winter Haven, Fla., at 6 p.m.