March 14, 2013
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. -
The Navy baseball team played 24th-ranked Indiana tough on Thursday night in Winter Haven, Fla., but couldn't find a way to get on the scoreboard as it fell to the Hoosiers, 4-0. Indiana starting pitcher Aaron Slegers struck out eight as IU improved to 11-3 on the season. Navy is now 6-10.
The Mids got a strong start from pitcher Stephen Moore, but just weren't able to come up with the big hit with runners in scoring position.
"We left 10 guys on base and when you're playing a top-25 team you have to take advantage of your opportunities, because you're not going to get a ton of them," said Navy head coach Paul Kostacopoulos. "Stephen did a nice job for us tonight and our relievers did a good job as well. Defensively, it was our best effort all year."
The Hoosiers took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning on an RBI groundout by Scott Donley. Sam Travis, who reached on double to right field, scored on Donley's groundout.
After the first inning Moore settled in and retired eight of the next nine batters before the first two Indiana hitters reached base in the top of the fifth. Nick Ramos took advantage and drove in both runners with a double to deep right field that bounced off the wall, giving Indiana a 3-0 lead.
The Mids responded by threatening in the bottom of the fifth with consecutive two-out singles from David Wiedeman and Brad Borosak, but Slegers induced a groundball off the bat of Robert Currie to end the inning.
Indiana made it 4-0 in the top of the seventh as Dustin DeMuth hit a solo home run to right-center field. A pair of two-out walks from Slegers gave the Mids a chance to get on the scoreboard in the bottom of the inning, but IU reliever Scott Effross got a groundball for the final out.
Effross retired the side in the eighth inning and then the first two hitters in the bottom of the ninth. Navy was again able to get a pair of runners on base though as Craig Veech drew a full-count walk and Wiedeman reached on a strikeout wild pitch. But Effross again got a groundball, getting Borosak to bounce to second base for the final out.
Moore finished the game with three strikeouts and just one walk in 6 2/3rds innings. Relievers Luke Gillingham and Joel Rinehart were both strong in relief as they allowed just one hit and struck out two in a combined 2 1/3rd innings of work
The Mids played error free in the field and also picked off a pair of IU base runners.
Navy will meet Miami University tomorrow at 3 p.m. at Lake Myrtle Park in Auburndale, Fla.