March 22, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
The Navy baseball team started its four-game series with Princeton on a good note Friday afternoon as the Midshipmen defeated the Tigers, 8-2, at Max Bishop Stadium. Starting pitcher Stephen Moore struck out five in five-complete innings to earn his first-career win, while Charlie LaMar tossed four innings of shutout relief to earn the save.
"We were solid defensively, we made some good decisions out in the field and both Stephen and Charlie really executed the game plan well," said Navy head coach Paul Kostacopoulos. "We kept the pressure on them, too, offensively. It was just a well-played game."
Despite working with a 2-0 lead, Princeton (1-14) starting pitcher Michael Fagan struggled early in the game as he walked three consecutive batters to start the bottom of the second inning. The Mids, however, weren't able to fully capitalize as they scored just one run, via a fielder's choice groundout by David Wiedeman.
The Midshipmen (9-11) got aggressive in the bottom of the third as four consecutive hits to start the inning helped Navy take the lead, 4-2. Back-to-back singles by Dave Milanes and Greg Dupell set the table for Brandon Beans who doubled to deep right-center field to drive in a run and tie the game. Fagan's troubles continued as two wild pitches allowed Navy runners to score for a 4-2 advantage.
Pitching with the lead, Moore didn't allow the Tigers to get back into the game, nor even threaten, as he faced just four batters in the third, fourth and fifth innings.
"That was very important. He kept throwing up zeros on the scoreboard and we were able to extend our lead from there," said Kostacopoulos.
Navy widened its lead in the bottom of the fifth with a sacrifice fly by Robert Currie and then a solo home run by Dupell in the sixth. Dupell's homer was his first of the season and 13th of his career.
LaMar took over for Moore in the top of the sixth and didn't miss a beat as he held the Tigers to just one hit the rest of the way. He finished with a career-best six strikeouts, including one to end the game.
Navy tacked on a pair of insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth with RBI singles by both Beans and Chris Campbell.
Fagan lasted just 2 1/3rd innings, allowing four runs off four hits. He struck out three and walked seven in falling to 0-3.
Moore is now 1-2 on the season for the Mids and his five Ks tied his career best.
Navy and Princeton will resume the series tomorrow with a doubleheader beginning at noon at Max Bishop Stadium.