Mids Extend Win Streak to Six with 10-5 Victory over NYIT
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Navy continued showcasing a winning brand of baseball for its home fans on Friday afternoon with a 10-5 victory over New York Tech. The Mids (9-7) received production from throughout their lineup with eight starters recording hits and RBIs versus the Bears (2-10). Navy’s five-run win at Terwilliger Brothers Field at Max Bishop Stadium on Friday was the team’s sixth straight dating back to last Wednesday.
Navy’s offense teed off on New York Tech’s pitching to the tune of 13 hits and 10 runs scored in the first game of the two teams four-game series. Jacob Williamson (Fr., Sims, N.C.), Logan Knowles (Jr., Port Orchard, Wash.), Christian Hodge (So., Winder, Ga.) and Leland Saile (Sr., Land O’Lakes, Fla.) spearheaded the attack with nine combined hits and seven runs scored. Williamson had a game-high three hits, while Knowles and Evan Lowery (Fr., Williamsburg, Va.) led a balanced offense with two RBIs each.
“We had a pretty balanced attack on offense,” remarked head coach Paul Kostacopoulos. “I thought we executed pretty well as far as keeping guys in motion, staying out of double plays and sacrificing guys when we needed to. I thought we were balanced throughout the order and we were viable in almost all the spots. It was a good job on offense this afternoon.”
On the mound, Noah Song (So., Claremont, Calif.) and Sean Kamhoot (Jr., Gainesville, Fla.) covered all nine innings on Friday. In his start, Song finished with a line of 7.0 innings, five hits, four walks, five runs and five strikeouts. All five of the Bears runs and hits came off Song over the fourth and fifth innings. In his final two frames, the sophomore set New York Tech down six-up, six-down. The crisp pitching carried over to Kamhoot in the eighth as the junior retired the Bears in order in both of the final two innings of the game. Kamhoot posted a line of 2.0 hitless innings pitched with three strikeouts.
“Noah wasn’t as sharp as he’s been recently, but he showed me a lot,” said Kostacopoulos. “He pitched when we were ahead, then when we were behind and then we were holding a lead. His last two innings were probably his best of the day. He showed me a lot in that sense. Overall, we played well enough to win as a team today.”
The action began on Friday with Navy jumping out to a quick 3-0 lead on New York Tech over the first two innings. Knowles started the scoring in the bottom of the first as the leadoff man reached on a single before stealing a base and coming in two batters later via a Stephen Born (Jr., Strafford, Pa.) RBI groundout.
Up 1-0, the Mids extended their lead to 3-0 in the second as Hodge led off with a triple to the right-center field gap. A single through the left side by Williamson made it 2-0 before the freshman third baseman eventually came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Knowles.
NYIT’s bats finally broke through versus Song in the top of the fourth as Robert Fiato singled to snap a run of 3.1 innings without a hit. A double by Matt DeAngelis and single by Anthony Martelli got the Bears on the scoreboard with a two-spot.
Down 3-2, NYIT put together its second productive inning in a row in the top of the fifth as Fiato was the thorn in Song’s side again as the catcher connected for a three-run home run to center field.
With the score now in the visitors’ favor at 5-3, the host Midshipmen responded with seven runs in the bottom of the fifth. A systematic and slow moving rally saw 13 batters come to the plate and seven different Mids notch hits. A two-RBI single by Lowery to right field and a triple to the right field corner by Knowles were the standout plays during Navy’s big inning. Lowery (2), Knowles, Travis Blue (Sr., Orange, Calif.), Saile, Hodge and Zach Biggers (Fr., Walhalla, S.C.) all had RBIs for the Mids in the bottom of the fifth.
Back in the lead at a 10-5 margin, Navy’s pitching cruised over the final four innings with Song and Kamhoot combining to retire the last 12 NYIT batters. The duo registered five strikeouts, five groundballs and two fly outs during this final span.
For the game, Navy outhit NYIT, 13-5. Williamson (3), Hodge (2) Knowles (2) and Saile (2) all had multiple hits for the Mids.
Song earned the victory to improve to 3-1 on the season.
Navy and New York Tech will pick up the second day of their three-day series on Saturday with a doubleheader. First pitch of the twinbill is scheduled for 12 p.m. at Terwilliger Brothers Field at Max Bishop Stadium.