Parenti Shuts Down Quinnipiac As Offense Explodes In 15-0 Win
March 14, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Navy baseball team (7-8) was running in top gear on Friday afternoon, as the Mids got stellar pitching from LHP Anthony Parenti (Jr., Elizabeth, N.J.) and explosive offense in the form of 15 runs and 17 hits in a 15-0 win over Quinnipiac (1-10) in the first game of a four-game weekend series at Max Bishop Stadium.
Highlights were abundant for the Midshipmen on Friday as six batters had multiple hits, including a game-high four by OF Robert Currie (So., Atlanta, Ga.). Currie ended the contest hitting 4-for-5 with three RBIs and three runs scored. His fellow outfielder Brandon Beans (Sr., Hartsville, S.C.) led the team with a season-high five runs batted in.
On the mound, Parenti was in dominant form once again for Navy as he dropped his 0.65 ERA lower to 0.50 on the season with eight shutout innings of four-hit, eight-strikeout ball versus the Bobcats. Freshman Kyle Condry (Fr., Highland Village, Texas) threw a scoreless ninth to give the Mids their third shutout of the season.
“It was one of those games where everything went the way you’d hope they would go,” said Navy head coach Paul Kostacopoulos. “We got some clutch hits early, Tony continued with his strong pitching performances and we did all the small things correct. It was a very solid game for us.”
After consecutive 3-up, 3-down innings by Parenti to start the game, the Mids broke onto the scoreboard in the bottom of the second with three runs. Jack Keller (Jr., Ballston Spa, N.Y.) got the big hit in the frame for Navy as he roped a double into the left field corner to drive in Leland Saile (Fr., Land O’Lakes, Fla.) and Connor Deneen (So., Tustin, Calif.). Beans plated Keller three batters later with a sacrifice fly to left field to make it 3-0.
Quinnipiac had its best looks against Parenti in the top of the third when the Bobcats had two singles and a walk, though their first base runner, Ryan Nelson was quickly deleted with a crisp pickoff move by Parenti.
Navy’s bats were quieted briefly in the third before giving way to another multi-run inning in the fourth. Brad Borosak (Jupiter, Fla.) got the offense going with a one-out triple to the left-center field gap. The junior second baseman came into score on the next at bat courtesy of a Currie single. Three batters later, Kash Manzelli (Sr., Dunwoody, Ga.) pushed Currie in to make it 5-0 with a sacrifice fly.
A five run lead would be more than enough for Parenti as the junior southpaw retired Quinnipiac 3-up, 3-down in four consecutive frames through the seventh. During this span he sent down four Bobcats via the strikeout.
After forcing Quinnipiac’s starter Thomas Jankins from the game after six innings, the Navy offense feasted off of the Bobcats’ bullpen to the tune of 10 total runs, five in the seventh and five in the eighth. Beans knocked in three runs in the seventh with a screaming line drive over the third base bag and into the left field corner, while Currie was credited with two RBIs on another double down the left field line in the eighth.
In the 15-0 victory, Navy outhit Quinnipiac 17-4 and collected six extra-base hits. Currie and Travis Blue (Fr., Orange, Calif.) led the way with four and three hits, respectively. Blue, Saile, Borosak and Drew Hayes (So., Collegeville, Pa.) all finished with two base knocks.
On the strength of his eight shutout innings, Parenti improved to 5-0, while Jankins took the loss to drop to 1-3 on the year. Of note coming into the weekend, only 17 D1 pitchers had won all four of their starts in 2014.
The 15-run shutout victory was the largest in Navy history since defeating Lafayette in 1999, 25-0.
“We had our hitting shoes on today,” said Kostacopoulos. “Baseball is a game of consistency so we’ll have to go out tomorrow and play two more. It’s nice to get a win like this and hopefully our offensive confidence continues to grow when we get back at it tomorrow.”
The Mids and Bobcats will be back in action on Saturday at Max Bishop Stadium with a doubleheader beginning at 12 p.m. The teams will play a seven-inning contest first before finishing the day with a nine-inning game.