March 21, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
Mount St. Mary's scored five runs in the third inning, added three more in the fifth - all with two outs - and went on to defeat the Navy baseball team, 10-6, on Wednesday afternoon at Max Bishop Stadium. The loss drops Navy to 9-10, while Mount St. Mary's upped its record to 6-14.
The Mids had several scoring opportunities in Wednesday's loss as they left a total of 12 runners on base and twice ended innings with the bases loaded. Navy had a chance to open the scoring in the first inning when it loaded the bases with one out, but came away empty when Mount starter Chris Del Vecchio got consecutive strikeouts to end the frame. Later, trailing 10-4 in the bottom of the eighth inning, the Mids had their best shot to close the deficit as they again loaded the bases with one out. Alex Azor delivered a two-RBI single that found a hole through the left side, but the Mids couldn't keep the rally alive and again ended the frame with the bases packed.
"We didn't play well in any facet of the game today," said Navy head coach Paul Kostacopoulos. "We kept getting chances, but we didn't come through with any significant hit to catapult us back into the ballgame. When you have opportunities, you have to cash in on some of them."
The Mount, which pounded out 16 hits in the game, grabbed a 5-0 lead in the top of the third inning by scoring all five runs with two outs. RBI singles by Josh Winter and Ryan Owens, sandwiched around a two-RBI double by catcher Andrew Clow, provided four of the runs and wild pitch by Josh Elmore added another.
Navy got on the scoreboard with an RBI triple by Chance Jones and an RBI groundout by Kash Manzelli in the bottom of the fourth. But the Mount took advantage of a Navy error in the top of the fifth and scored three unearned runs - again, all with two outs -to push its lead to 8-2.
"We weren't able to get the big inning-ending out today and that hurt us," said Kostacopoulos.
The teams traded solo runs in the bottom of the fifth and top of the sixth before Greg Dupell made the score 9-4 in the bottom of the seventh with a sac fly to left field.
Mount St. Mary's pushed across its final run in the top of the eighth and Azor's two-RBI single in the bottom of the frame capped the scoring.
Del Vecchio earned the win to improve to 2-0 as he pitched five complete innings, yielding three runs off four hits. Elmore, who pitched two-thirds of the Mount's five-run third inning, took the loss and was one of six Navy pitchers to see action in the game.
Brandon Beans had three of Navy's 10 hits on Wednesday and has now reached base safely in 12 consecutive games.
Navy will look to bounce back on Friday at 3 p.m. when it opens a four-game series with Princeton at Max Bishop Stadium.